November 16th Newspaper Column

We are wrapping up our World War One series this week with one last film and two final presentations. Tonight’s (Thursday, November 16) film is The Lost Batallion, set in the closing months of the war and based on the true story of Major Charles Whittlesey and the 308th. The battle scenes will be more realistic than was the case in our previous two movies (both made in the 1930s). The show begins at 6:30.

Airplanes and how they both impacted and were changed by WWI will be the topic Saturday morning, November 18, as local aviation enthusiast Mike Nofz highlights the stories of four remarkable WWI pilots. Mike’s presentation begins at 10:00. And we conclude our month-long commemoration of the WWI centenary with a story of hope in the midst of battle. Wisconsin author Rochelle Pennington presents “The Christmas Miracle” on Tuesday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m., a program about the December 1914 Christmas truce along the Western Front.

In the midst of all this WWI programming, we have another Family History Friday scheduled on the 17th from 2-3:30 p.m. It’s another chance for you to dig deeper into your roots, with invaluable assistance from our genealogy maven Margie. Bring your questions and she will help you discover the answers.

Tia, our adorable R.E.A.D. therapy dog, is at the library on Mondays after school and would love to listen to the young people in your life read to her. Fifteen to twenty minutes of Tia’s attention does wonders for young readers who are a little scared or self-conscious about reading aloud. She’s a great non-judgmental listener, and her November 20th schedule is pretty open. Drop-in readers are always welcome.

Finally, we have the Thanksgiving holiday looming next week. The library will be closed Thanksgiving Day (November 23), but open as usual both Wednesday the 22nd and Friday the 24th. We will look forward to helping you find all kinds off entertainment options for holiday visitors not enamored of eleven straight hours of professional football on television. From movies to stories, outdoor adventure backpacks to ukuleles, we have what you and your holiday guests need. See you soon!