November 9th Newspaper Column

More WWI events in the coming days, with a book signing and an artists’ reception also at hand for your enjoyment. Here are the details.

Tonight (Thursday, November 9) we’re screening A Farewell to Arms from 1932. Starring Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes, this Best Picture nominee is based on Ernest Hemingway’s famous novel. Wartime love – so many stories there, and this is one of the best. Show time is 6:30.

We shift gears a bit on Friday, and welcome local author Edward Kuehn to the library for an afternoon talk and book signing. Ed collaborated with Linda Ruggeri on the just-published Stepping Into Rural Wisconsin – an account of his grandpa’s life from Prussia to Wisconsin. Ed will be here from 3-5:00 p.m.

Saturday brings that artists’ reception. Our library knitting group has oodles of caps, mittens, scarves, and sweaters on display in the big meeting room on the main level of the library. Stop by between 10:00 and noon to meet the knitters, enjoy a snack, and see all the amazing things they have created this year.

We return to our WWI series on Tuesday evening, November 14, with a 6:30 presentation by Mary Unger of Ripon College. Ernest Hemingway and the Great War will explore the impact the war had both on his writing an on other Midwest authors. See, you knew there was a reason we were showing A Farewell to Arms…

One more film and two more lectures in our World War I series, which I will tell you more about in next week’s column. Curious folks can get the scoop right away by visiting the library website at and exploring our Upcoming Events section.