“StoryWalk®” at the Library 12/20/2021

We’re trying something new, a “StoryWalk®” at the Library.  The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  This is a way to enjoy reading and being outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to foam boards and staked along the sidewalk & pathway at the Library.  You’re invited to read the story as you stroll along.  The book we’ve chosen is, “The First Day of Winter” by Denise Fleming. We plan to leave it up until January 3rd, weather permitting and with materials holding up in the elements.  If you enjoy during library open hours, Monday-Thursday, 10 am-5:45 pm, pop in the library to see all the new additions to our children’s collection, and pick-up a Take & Make project.
Our friendly “Bottom Line News & Views” delivery person, Mike Linton brought the latest edition last week.  The newspaper is available from the Library/Senior Center for free if you’d like to pick up a copy and read at your leisure.  Just FYI, The Mellen Weekly Record, Ashland Daily Press, and Ironwood Globe are also available to read at the library.
On the front page of “Bottom Line” is an article about a “Project Linus” chapter that started in Ashland/Bayfield Counties by Terry Bierl this past August. Inspired by the Charles Schulz “Peanuts” character that was seldom seen without a blanket in tow. Handmade blankets are collected and shared with Ashland & Bayfield County Human Services.  Terry will be contacting the Ashland police and the Ashland & Bayfield County Sheriff’s Departments, as well as the Bad River & Red Cliff Human Services.  Blankets are passed out to young people ages 18 and under who have cancer, are seriously ill or have been traumatized.
It was of interest to me, as our Conversation & Crafts group at the Library has yet to decide on a community project.  I thought this may be a nice option for us.  Conversation & Crafts meets once a month starting in January on the first Thursday at 7 pm. Are you interested? Join us in the new year and help us bring comfort and warmth to area youth.
During Conversation & Crafts you are welcome to work on your own projects or work on something to donate, possibly to Project Linus.  I will also have available the Library’s Take & Make crafts projects to assemble for giving away to children visiting on their own or with their class from school. Please join us if you’d like and feel free to share the information and/or invite friends & neighbors.
We are looking for people to join our Wednesday morning book club.  It meets once a month.  The third Wednesday of the month.  The next meeting is January 19th at 9 am.  We’ll be discussing, “We Are All Welcome Here” by Elizabeth Berg.  Books (or books on CD as they are available) are borrowed through interlibrary loan, so there is no cost to join.  You just need to let us know of your interest and we’ll order a book for you and let you know when it arrives.
The Library will be closed on Friday, December 24 & Saturday, December 25.  The Library will also be closed on Friday, December 31 & Saturday, January 1.  Happy Holidays!