August 14th Newspaper Column

Thank you to all the intrepid library supporters who shopped the book sale this past weekend. Despite all the road construction and absolutely perfect “being on the lake” weather, the Friends raised $2500 over the two days. We are always humbled by your generosity. Thanks again.

Those shoppers who arrived on Sunday afternoon may have noticed that some of the tables looked a bit bare. With another sale coming up in six weeks (Harvest Fest!), we will be seeking donations again. Cookbooks and children’s titles are in particularly short supply. If you have some you are willing to part with, please consider sending them our way. Library book sales are my favorite way to recycle.

We have a couple of library events of note this week. Tonight (Thursday, August 14) we are showing the movie “Kon-Tiki” as part of our summer film series. Kon-Tiki tells the story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s  journey across the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947. Together with five other men he set out to prove that South Americans in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settled on Polynesian islands. Epic seafaring adventure on the big screen, with free popcorn. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.

If you are a bird lover (and here in one of Wisconsin’s Bird Cities there are a lot of us) you will want to make plans to be here on Tuesday evening, August 19th. That’s when Rebekah Weiss of Aves Wildlife Alliance arrive with several of her hawks and falcons to present “Messengers of the Kings.” Learn about some of Wisconsin’s coolest birds of prey, and have a chance to see them up close at the library. Rebekah’s program begins at 6:30.