February 28th Newspaper Column

There are so many things to do at the library right now. The most fun might just be the Augmented Reality Sandbox we have on loan from the Green Lake County Land Conservation Department. The AR Sandbox uses a 3D camera to project images of rain events and waterflow (you make it rain by spreading your hands or pushing a button) onto a contoured map of the sand you’ve smoothed out or mounded up or dug holes in. Rainwater flows and collects, and may run off, depending on how you have molded the sandy landscape. It’s a very visual way to learn how topography affects water collection and drainage. Plus it’s just plain fun to play with sand in the library!

This morning’s conversation involves a show and tell – bring in your favorite tool and let us know how it makes your job or hobby easier or more enjoyable. Coffee and donuts, too – we’ll meet in front of the fireplace at 10:00.

And tonight, February 28th, Lisa Reas will be here to talk about the benefits of using native trees and shrubs in the landscape. Find out how to naturally support our native birds and other wildlife beginning at 6:30.

This is Aldo Leopold Weekend, and while we don’t have any additional events scheduled here in Green Lake after Lisa’s talk, there are programs throughout the state celebrating one of the giants of Wisconsin ecology. We have books and documentary DVDs to further your interest in a small display near the checkout desk.

Oscar-nominated movie screenings continue throughout March. Next up is the best picture winning “Green Book” on Tuesday night and Thursday afternoon. Please check our website www.greenlakelibrary.org or the library Facebook page for the complete lineup.