Library School Storytime will start their 2nd session on Thursday, February 6th at 9 AM.  Storytime usually includes a rhyme, song, game, craft and book.  It is planned for a three year old to attend with an adult caregiver.  That said, children of all ages are welcome to attend and participate as they are able.  Please contact the library to register.  This is important, so that enough supplies needed for the day’s activities will be prepared and on hand.  This session will focus on books by Todd Parr.
 
Mark your calendars now for two special programming events in February for Library Lovers Month:  Thursday, February 13th at 6 PM:  a screening of author Elaine Weiss’s introduction of her book, “Woman’s Hour:  The Great Fight to Win the Vote” at the Woodrow Wilson National history Center in Washington D. C.  This event is part of the Ashland & Bayfield Counties League of Women’s Voters promoting the Centennial of the 19th Amendment.
The Friends have purchased copies of this book to share with our library community as they prepare for book discussions around our Northern Waters Library Service Area.  I’ve attached a poster with those additional events.
We will put off our book discussion until August and it will be part of our Summer Reading Destination Book Club.  The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 and officially adopted on August 26, 1920, which is Women’s Equality Day.
Thursday, February 27th at 6 PM:  Author John Hildebrand will be here to discuss his latest book, “Long Way Round:  Through the Heartland by River.”  Area resident, Nick Vander Puy and our own Mayor Joe Barabe were interviewed for Hildebrand’s book.  Be sure to invite friends and neighbors to attend.
You may also listen to a January 2020 recording from the archives of Wisconsin Public Radio’s, The Larry Meiller Show, featuring a discussion with John Hildebrand.

Guest Book Review by Sara Schultz:  Have you ever grabbed an anticipated sequel off the library shelf and read the ending as soon as possible? Before the opening chapters even? That’s what I felt like doing when I saw “The Lacemaker’s Secret” the 9th volume in the Chloe Ellefson series by Kathleen Ernst, a homegrown, down to earth Wisconsin author who appeals to all ages.

Chloe began her mystery solving career working as a curator at Old World Wisconsin, a living reenactment complex with farm animals and ethnic costumes, barns and homes preserved from the pioneer days. The series progresses and we are immersed in Norwegian Christmas customs, often wildly frightening, “{Heritage of Darkness”) a tour of all the Laura Ingalls Wilders homesteads complete with quilt squares, recipes, and murder (“Death on the Prairie”) and then a Door County lighthouse. Every twist and turn of the series hinges on accurately depicted images of Wisconsin history. Wonderful. Just the right balance of mystery, romance, history and scenic description.

And there are more to come. “Fiddling with Fate” is the newest volume.