The Marinette County Public Libraries are challenging children, teens, and adults to collectively read 100,000 minutes between June 22 and July 31, 2020 in the library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge.
In typical years, the public libraries in Marinette County offered Summer Reading Clubs to encourage school-age children to keep up their reading skills during the long summer months. Each ran a little differently, but the clubs tracked how many minutes or books children, teens, and adults read during the summer. They also offered engaging events at the libraries. Local businesses donated coupons for food or activities in each community for the libraries to give away as reading incentive prizes.
Like so many other community traditions that have been re-imagined in response to public safety concerns, the Marinette County Public Libraries are offering an at-home, County-wide Summer Reading Challenge. Anyone who lives in Marinette County may participate for free. Participants with Internet access may track the time they spend reading using Beanstack (an online website or app) and participate in virtual programs including Story Time, Itsy Bitsy Story Time, Digital Escape Rooms, STEM activities, and crafts. Participants without Internet access may track their reading minutes on paper and complete the crafts and activities using the Reading Challenge Booklet provided by the library.
Children’s Services Librarian Lara Lakari helped coordinate and organize the library’s switch to a County-wide, at-home Summer Reading Challenge. She says, “The opportunity to work with all of our branches and expand our summer offerings is very exciting. We hope that patrons will enjoy the variety and accessibility of our program this year.”
Registration begins on Monday, June 15. Visit www.marinettecountylibraries.org to register using Beanstack or contact your local library. Registrants will receive a Summer Reading Challenge Booklet and family activity kit. Created by Marinette County Library staff, the Booklet is full of craft instructions, songs, games, and stories. The family activity kit contains materials to complete the crafts and activities; supplemental craft envelopes are also available if more than one person in a family wants to participate. Families will need to supply some of their own materials like markers, glue, and empty toilet paper tubes. The Summer Reading Challenge Booklet will be available to view on the library website; activity kit quantities are limited.
Participants have the opportunity to earn virtual tickets to enter into Grand Prize Drawings by logging reading minutes, completing activities, and reviewing books. Grand Prize Drawings will be gift certificates purchased from local businesses.
The Summer Reading Challenge will look different from previous years, but the libraries’ commitment to engaging readers remains the same. For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge, virtual events, curbside pick-up, or for other questions, please visit www.marinettecountylibraries.org or find us on Facebook.
Local public libraries continue to provide access to free resources for education, personal growth, and entertainment while the library buildings are closed to the public. The Marinette County Public Libraries offer access to digital material through websites and apps including, RB Digital, OverDrive, and Hoopla. Because no one service can provide it all, these websites provide a wide variety of content to meet the needs and interests of children, teens, and adults in our County.
RB Digital combines a unique blend of resources, including digital audiobooks, digital magazines, and music instructional videos. Most audiobooks from the RB Digital website are always available and can be borrowed for up to 21 days. Over 100 current magazines are available in full-color; magazine topics include automotive, business and finance, current affairs, food and cooking, health and fitness, and travel. RB Digital also offers self-paced music instructional video lessons from music professionals; users may choose to learn to play instruments like guitar, saxophone, percussion, harmonica, and ukulele, or learn music theory.
OverDrive is the State-wide digital catalog that allows users from all across Wisconsin to borrow digital audiobooks, eBooks, and streaming movies. OverDrive includes many newly published titles and other high-demand, popular digital materials. While waiting for an eBook to become available, users may limit searches to “Available Now” to find eBooks and audiobooks to check out and use immediately.
The digital service, Hoopla, allows users to check out movies and TV shows, music, comics, audiobooks, and eBooks. These items are always available with no waiting period or commercials.
While it is true that reading an eBook is not like the physical act of holding a book in hand and turning pages, eBooks and other digital materials provide some advantages. First, eBooks and other digital materials are accessible even when the library is closed and at the user’s convenience. Second, digital materials are automatically returned on the due date, eliminating the need to remember to get books back to the library on time. Third, eReaders can adjust the size of the typeface to make reading accessible to people who prefer or require a larger print size. Finally, digital materials can go with users wherever a user goes. For example, audiobooks can be excellent companions while doing household chores, driving, or other activities.
To use any of these digital platforms, visit www.infosoup.org and click on “InfoSoup Online Resources”. There, library users will find information about registering a library card to use these sites. If a person living in Marinette County would like to register for a free library card, please visit www.infosoup.org and click on “Apply for a Library Card Online”. To renew an existing library card account, please call the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette at 715-732-7570 or your local branch library.
If you prefer to check out physical books, audiobooks, music, and movies, the Marinette County Public Libraries are open for curbside pick-up by appointment. Please contact your local branch library for details.
The Marinette County Public Library buildings are closed to the public, but the libraries continue to serve the community through Curbside Pick-Up by appointment, virtual programs, and online content.
Curbside pick-up by appointment is available at all seven Marinette County branch libraries. Patrons interested in taking home materials from their hometown library may contact their local branch library to request items. Please note that no library materials are being transported among libraries in the InfoSoup consortium, and libraries will only be able to check out books that are currently inside the library’s building. Library staff will schedule times for patrons to pick up materials outside the library.
Due dates for items that were checked out in March have been extended into June. When returning books, patrons are requested to put them into the book returns. For safety, library staff may not take book returns from patrons directly.
The public is invited to attend programs online through our Facebook pages. Programs are live on the Crivitz Public Library and Stephenson Public Library Facebook pages. Tune in for specified dates and times to participate “live”, or view the recorded programs at a later date. The public may also look on Facebook to find out more about the 2020 Reading Challenge for adults and the Paper Chain Reading Challenge for families and children.
While the buildings are closed, the library is always open online. Reference Librarian Mariel Carter says, “With your library card, you can borrow E-books, downloadable audiobooks, magazines, and movies. You can research family genealogy and view a collection of historic and current newspapers. You can even take online music and art courses and practice taking career- and college-prep tests.”
Even without a library card, Carter states that “Other resources in our library’s online collection are open to absolutely everyone, whenever it’s convenient for you.” For example, children may find picture books, early readers, and chapter books on TumbleBooks; children get to see the pictures and words, while listening to a narrator read the story. Educators and students will also find help for research projects using an online encyclopedia and databases of journal and magazine articles.
Persons who live in Wisconsin may register for a library card by going to www.InfoSoup.org and clicking on “Apply for a Library Card Online!”. Library staff will send applicants a library card account number and PIN. Patrons may contact the Marinette Library at 715-732-7570 to ask questions about renewing a library card or resetting a PIN.
For updates on programs and the latest library news, please visit our website www.marinettecountylibraries.org or find us on Facebook.
It’s never too late to learn something new. With the Learning Express Library, individuals have free access to instructional tests, tutorials, eBooks, articles, and flashcards to help prepare students for academic success and adults for workplace advancement, career changes, and vocational exams.
To access this free tutorial website, interested persons may visit the Marinette County Public Library Services catalog at www.infosoup.org. Under the “Research and Learning” tab, click on “Learning Express Library.” Powered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, anyone who lives inside the State of Wisconsin has free access to register for an account.
The Learning Express Library intends to provide free help to school students who want to practice math, writing, and homework skills. It also offers exam preparation for adults and high school students preparing to take the GED, ACT, and SAT exams.
For adults hoping to start their first career or change careers, the Learning Express Library offers free practice tests and tutorials to build common workplace skills. It also allows individuals to prepare to take exams relevant a host of careers including: CDL driver, Cosmetologist, Electrician, Plumber, Emergency Medical Services Technician, Firefighter, Law Enforcement Agent, Nurse, or Real Estate Agent. In addition, this program will assist individuals in writing updated resumes and cover letters essential to most applicants.
Marinette County Librarian Mariel Carter states, “This site offers access to building lifelong learning skills from the comfort of your home, when it’s convenient for you—all at your own pace.” Carter encourages anyone who is interested in earning a GED, investigating career options, or thinking about taking college entrance exams to start now.
While the library buildings are closed to the public, the Marinette County Libraries are open online and offering curbside pick-up. Due dates for materials checked out before the libraries closed have been extended. For updates on programs and the latest library news and virtual events, please visit our website www.marinettecountylibraries.org or find us on Facebook.
It’s finally spring and many of us want guidance and advice about gardening and lawn care. Scott Reuss, the Horticulture Agent for UW-Madison, Division of Extension, will present a series of online informational sessions to help answer your horticulture questions. All three sessions will have a 30 minute discussion period, followed by questions from participants and answers from Scott. Whether you’re new to gardening or need an answer to a specific horticulture issue—all are welcome to join these sessions.
The first session focuses on Home Vegetable Gardens; it will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9 A.M. A home vegetable garden can be small, large, or containerized. Whatever the space, choosing the right vegetables and managing them correctly provides the most enjoyment and highest quality nutrition and flavor. We will review selection and timing concepts, then focus on soil and nutrient management and finish off with a few key pest management concerns. To register, click here.
The second session focuses on the Care & Management of Healthy Lawns; it will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 7:30 P.M. Lawns in far Northeast Wisconsin require proper management to look their best, but they don't need your undivided attention, either. This discussion will focus on optimum timing of the key management tactics you can do to provide for a healthy lawn, without having to spend too much time and money on inputs. Concepts we'll discuss will include mowing, fertilizing, weed control, and other pests to watch for this year. To register, click here.
The final session will focus on Excess Water's Effects on our Plants (Subtitle: Dealing with Soggy Bottoms!); it will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2 P.M. Our area has experienced two very wet growing seasons and our perennial plants are paying the price. Plants in the entire region have had more water and humidity than usual, causing excess disease pressure and higher stress levels. Plants in some spots are literally fighting for their lives as they have saturated root systems or are completely under water. We'll review what we can do to assist our plants as best we can, and what plants will show that let you know they are stressed. To register, click here.
To be part of any of these sessions, please register using the links in the description for each event. Registrants will be sent a link to attend the free webinars. For more information about the Marinette County Public Libraries, curbside pick-up, virtual programs, and digital resources, please visit our website: www.marinettecountylibraries.org.
In these months of social distancing and staying safer at home, do you find yourself overwhelmed by the news and bored with what’s on TV? Do you crave the calm of settling in with a good book or a movie of your own choosing without having to leave home to get them? Yes and yes! Well, here’s some good news: the Marinette County Libraries are offering Hoopla, a new digital service that you can get from the comfort of home for free with your library card.
Hoopla has over 12,000 movies, 46,000 music titles, 46,000 audiobooks, 13,000 comics and graphic novels, 151,000 e-books, and 2,000 TV shows for library patrons to download or stream. It works on your desktop computer, tablet, smart phone, or laptop. All you need is your library card and a device to connect to the Internet.
To sign up for a new Hoopla account, go to hoopladigital.com or download the Hoopla Digital app. Once you’re there, you simply sign up with your email address and create a password. Then you’ll choose your library. For Marinette County library users, select: Marinette County Libraries. Complete your registration by entering your library card number.
When you’re looking through the Hoopla website, there are a few things to keep in mind:
According to Rebeca Livick, Branch Librarian for the Niagara and Goodman-Dunbar libraries and Hoopla user: “One very fun feature is the ‘Recommendations.’ If you choose your favorite genres for each category, Hoopla can offer recommendations for materials that you may not have heard of. It’s a great option for those who just want something, but don’t know what.”
If you don’t have a library card or need to update an older library card, please visit our library catalog at www.infosoup.org or contact your local branch library. Stay safe and explore all the digital and online resources your library has to offer!
At this time, the seven Marinette County public library buildings are closed to the public. We can empathize that you and your family may have already read through your stack of books at home and are in need of more reading materials and movies. To help get library materials out to the public and still maintain social distancing guidelines, libraries will begin “curbside pick-ups” within the coming weeks. Per the Governor’s Safer at Home order, curbside pick-up is allowed, but with certain limitations. Because of these limitations, it will take some time to meet demand. We thank you for your patience as we move forward with this process.
If you are in need of new library materials, please contact your hometown library with your name, a callback number, your library card number, and your requests for book, movie, or music titles. When your materials are ready, staff at your library will call you to schedule a pick-up time for your items and let you know what to expect when you come to pick up your items. Goodman-Dunbar library users should contact the Niagara public library for requests of books and materials from the Niagara Public Library.
Coleman-Pound: email@example.com 920-897-2400
Crivitz: firstname.lastname@example.org 715-854-7562
Goodman-Dunbar: email@example.com 715-251-3236
Marinette: firstname.lastname@example.org 715-732-7570
Niagara: email@example.com 715-251-3236
Peshtigo: firstname.lastname@example.org 715-582-4905
Wausaukee: email@example.com 715-856-5995
Please note that your hometown library will only be able to distribute books that are currently inside the library’s building. With the exception of serving the Goodman-Dunbar patrons, no books are being transported between libraries. If you would like to see what books are available at your library, please visit the library’s catalog at www.infosoup.org. Start by typing in a book or author you would like to read. From there, you can refine your search by choosing a library “Location” on the left side of the screen. You will be able to see if your home library has the book you are hoping to read.
When you choose to return library materials, please put them directly into the book returns. For safety, library staff will not be able to take your book returns from you when you pick up your curbside delivery.
For updates on programs and the latest library news and virtual events, please visit our website www.marinettecountylibraries.org or find us on Facebook.
The Marinette County Public Libraries are currently closed, but the public is invited to attend programs online through our Facebook pages. We miss seeing all of you, and our online programming is one way we can all stay connected while we are practicing the “Safer at Home” guidelines. Tune in for specified dates and times to participate “live”, or view the recorded program at your convenience.
From the “Crivitz Public Library” on Facebook, Librarian Tabatha leads Storytime, and cooking and crafting for kids events. The next live Storytime sessions will be on April 23 and 30 at 10 AM. For the live craft events on Mondays at 10 AM, use recyclable or common household items to turn into crafts. Watch the Crivitz Public Library on Facebook for the next live baking event; kids use ingredients that are in many homes to make something simple. Adults are encouraged to work with their children to create and cook.
From the “Stephenson Public Library” on Facebook, join the “SPL Community Clubhouse” Group to participate in programs. We have programs for children like “Music Makers & Shakers” on Mondays, Storytime on Tuesdays, Lego Club and Itsy Bitsy Storytime on Wednesdays. Other programs are available for teens and will be available for adults.
The 2020 Reading Challenge for adults continues for all our public libraries. The challenge is to read 50 books in one year from a variety of categories to help you find and read books you might not have considered reading before. Some of the categories include: a book by an author with your initials, a book you never finished, a book you have at home but haven’t read, and a book recommended by a friend. The Reading Challenge form is available on the library’s website and on Facebook.
If you’re not ready to take the 2020 Reading Challenge, consider taking the Paper Chain Reading Challenge. This challenge is for everyone at home. To participate, cut up a few strips of paper. For every book you read, use the paper to make a link in a chain. Make your chain longer by reading more books!
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Mariel Carter
Date: January 28, 2020
THE MARINETTE COUNTY CONSOLIDATED PUBLIC LIBRARIES ANNOUNCE 2020 READING CHALLENGE
The public libraries in Marinette County are challenging adults to read 50 books this year. Whether you read a lot or a little, the 2020 Reading Challenge will inspire you to discover new books.
To participate, pick up a 2020 Reading Challenge form at a Marinette County Public Library in Coleman-Pound, Crivitz, Goodman, Marinette, Mid-County (Wausaukee), Niagara, or Peshtigo. Read a book that fits into one of the categories on the form, and write down the title of the book and the author. You can read books from home, books from the library, or a book from a friend. Keep reading and filling out the form until you’ve read 50 books!
The categories on the 2020 Reading Challenge form will help you find and read books you might not have considered reading before. Some of the categories include: a book by an author under 30 years old, a book with an antonym in the title, a book of short stories, a mystery, a book that you never finished, and a book recommended by a friend.
To help you get ideas for books that fall into each category, follow us on Facebook. Please contact Mariel Carter at the Stephenson Public Library at 715-732-7570 with questions. Happy reading in 2020!