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Bluegill dinner fundraiser

bluegill fish

Mark your calendar - the Mason's popular bluegill dinner is back! Friday, March 23 starting at 5 pm at the Masonic Lodge on First Street in Lodi. 

Join us for dinner out, and it supports the library! An incredible meal made by the Masons, with proceeds to support the library's mission. It's just $12 for dinner - which includes bluegill, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, roll, dessert, beverage. Bring 2 items for the food pantry, save $1 per plate.

Carryout available. Serving until 7:30 or earlier if we sell out.

A huge THANK YOU to the Masons for their support for the library!

Spring break movie for the whole family

Gnomeo & Juliet characters standing in a line by a fence

Kids - join us during Spring Break for a fun afternoon movie. Starting at 2 pm Monday, March 26 we'll screen Gnomeo & Juliet in our program room.

(Brush up your memory on this 2011 favorite, because the sequel, Sherlock Gnomes, hits theaters this week, too!)

TEENS: Rock the real world

disco ball globe with wings and headphones

TEENS: Join us at 2 pm Wednesday, March 28 for a laid-back, fun program on practical "adulting" tips & tricks. 

This is the first in a new series of quick tips teens will need as they move toward adulthood. First up: 

Artful Adults: beaded sun catcher

strings of crystal beads in various colors, Artful Adults workshops logo

For Artful Adults this month we'll do make crystal beaded sun catchers, starting at 6:30 pm Wednesday, April 11 in the library program room.

Artful Adults Workshops is a free monthly class series (the second Wednesday at 6:30 pm) for adults who are interested in arts, crafts, and living a fanciful life full of creativity. Teens may participate if they are accompanied by an adult. 

You MUST pre-register for this workshop, as there are limited supplies. Phone 592-4130 or stop in to sign up today!

Story Time with Susie the duck

the world-famous Susie the Duck

Join us for this month's Story Time with Susie starting at 4:30 pm Thursday, April 5. This time we're meeting at BMO Harris to share some good books!

This joint project, held once a month, brings fun for all kids and parents when a member of Lodi & Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce reads a great story while your little one and Susie listen on, with Miss Kristine adding her special storytime flair. Every month a new location in Lodi will be announced for the next reading.

Book discussion: The Shepherd's Life

green English hillsides on the cover of The Shepherd's Life

Our next book discussion title will be The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks. The library will host discussions on this title on Monday, April 2 - join us for a pair of conversations: 
• at NOON where you're invited to bring along a sack lunch for a daytime conversation, 
• and again at 7 pm for those who prefer an after-work or post-dinner evening conversation. 

The son of a shepherd who was the son of a shepherd, the author’s family have lived and worked in the Lake District of Northern England further back than recorded history. This nonfiction memoir is the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, modern dispatches from an ancient landscape. In evocative and lucid prose, Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land most of us have lost. It is a story of working lives, the people around him, his childhood, his parents and grandparents, a people who exist and endure even as the culture - of the Lake District, and of farming - changes around them.

We brought in books for IMMEDIATE CHECKOUT - stop in to check one out and take it home today!

Annual meeting - with chocolate!

box of fancy chocolates, logo of Friends of the Lodi Public Library (brown color)

The annual meeting for the Friends of the Lodi Public Library will begin at 6:30 pm Monday, April 9 at the library.

Business to be conducted includes a couple of short reports, the election of a new board member, and an opportunity to sign up to volunteer for upcoming fundraising events. Then the night's fun begins with a program and tasting on CHOCOLATE! Kim Darling from Darling Chocolatier will provide a short presentation on her craft and then will share some truffles for sampling.

Both the annual meeting and the chocolate tasting will be MEMBERS ONLY event - but you can join at the door! Membership forms also are available anytime at the library.

Working on your taxes?

tax forms, with pen and calculator

The federal government has been slow this year in sending out tax forms and instructions to libraries - but if we don't have the form you need, we're happy to help find and print it from their website. You may not even need the forms if you use their FREE online filing.

We do have all the state forms, and again consider using their FREE e-filing system.

Don't get scammed! The IRS has a page with info on the common and current ways criminals are targeting taxpayers. Check here to learn how to identify a false contact. The IRS will never initiate contact through email, text messages or social media channels.

Programs for youngsters

baby owl enjoys stories!

Bring the babies, toddlers and preschoolers to the library for special, creatively inspired early literacy fun in any of these upcoming programs:

  • Shake, Rattle & Roll, Baby!: 9:30 am on Wednesdays (March 14, 21, 28 • April 4, 11, 18, 25)
  • Family Storytime: 10 am on Wednesdays (March 14, 21, 28 • April 4, 11, 18, 25)
  • First Art: once a month at 10 am on Fridays (April 6, May 4)
  • Tinker Tots: once a month at 10 am on Fridays (March 23, April 20, May 18)

Click here to learm more about all of the library's early literacy programming!

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