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Artful Adults: galaxy bottles

Artful Adults workshops logo, galaxy bottle with glitter

For Artful Adults this month we'll make galaxy bottles (also called sensory bottles), starting at 6:30 pm Wednesday, May 9 in the library program room. These DIY lava-lamp style bottles of color and sparkles can focus you for meditation, help you relax, or simply entertain! As always, we'll supply the materials if you come with a spirit of fun and friendship.

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!

Storytime with Susie at the Pig!

Lodi's own Susie the duck!

Join us for this month's Story Time with Susie starting at 4:30 pm Thursday, May 3. This time we're meeting at Main Street Market Piggly Wiggly 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: Cold Sassy Tree

cover of Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

Our next book discussion title will be Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. The library will host discussions on this title on Monday, April 23 - 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 one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around—fast. When Grandpa announces one July morning that he's aiming to marry the young milliner — just three weeks after Granny went to her reward — the news is served up all over town with dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. 

Olive Ann Burns has given us a timeless, funny, resplendent novel about a romance that rocks an entire town, about a boy's passage through the momentous year when childhood melts into adolescence, and about just how people lived and died in a small Southern town at the turn of the century. 

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

PBS suggests American fiction list

Great American Read logo

A new PBS series about the power of reading will feature a select list of 100 novels by American authors. The Great American Read is an eight-part series that features explores concepts common to the book list. The first episode premiers May 22.

This seems like a fun tie-in to the Lodi Public Library's own book discussions, so we'll be choosing titles for June through December 2018 discussions from the TV show's list.  

There also will be online and social media voting leading up to the October 2018 finale, where they'll announce the #1 favorite from the list. We'll post a link when it's available.

Watch this space for the discussion dates and titles!

Style event & luncheon fundraiser

fancy woman striking a pose

The Lodi Woman's Club is hosting a spring style show and luncheon fundraiser on Saturday, May 5 at the Lake Wisconsin Country Club.

The social begins at 11 am with noon luncheon. Tickets are $25 each and available at the library, Associated Bank, and Hometown Pharmacy.

Fashions presented by Christopher & Banks from Middleton and music by Mike Ashworth. Jewelry donated by Woman's Club members and friends will be for sale (some vintage). Raffle tickets also are available from Woman's Club members. Drawing May 5th. Need not be present to win. For more information or tickets, contact Asta Blanchar: 592-3997

Wisconsin Reads: Louise Erdrich’s The Round House

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

You are invited to participate in Wisconsin Reads, a statewide community reads program, of the novel The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

"Wisconsin Reads The Round House: An NEA Big Read" is a project of University of Wisconsin Colleges and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community Colleges’ students, faculty, and staff to bring communities around the state together to discuss this title. Written in the voice of a 13-year-old boy whose mother has been brutally raped, the novel explores the impact of the rape on family members and the tribal community in particular, as well as the larger issue of sexual assault on Native American women.

With discussions, films, lectures, art exhibits, and story-telling workshops on university campuses and public libraries in the cities and surrounding areas of Rice Lake, Hayward/LCO, Marshfield, Baraboo, Waukesha and Milwaukee in March and April of 2018, the project also will provide programming for area youth, using Erdrich’s children’s novel The Birchbark House, as well as her poetry.

To increase participation, downloadable versions of The Round House will be an "always-available" title in Overdrive until April 28.

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 (April 25)
  • Family Storytime: 10 am on Wednesdays (April 25)
  • First Art: once a month at 10 am on Fridays (May 4)
  • Tinker Tots: once a month at 10 am on Fridays (April 20, May 18)

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

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