Monday, April 28, 2014

Celebrate Evansville History

This week Evansville celebrates local history with the debut of the new town walking tour guide! Join the Grove Society and other community groups at Creekside Place on Friday, May 2nd for a reception, short presentation, and a walking tour of historic Evansville. The events kick off at 5:00 p.m. and wrap up between 7 and 7:30. Can’t make it to the walking tour debut? You can pick up one of these brochures at Creekside Place, City Hall, and Eager Free Public Library at any time!

To celebrate the historical celebration happening this week, I’m going to point you to a blog post that was written in 2012 about the various local history resources the library has to offer:

LOCAL HISTORY on the Eager Free Public Library blog.

The Central Hotel in Evansville, WI. The building was at the corner of Main and Madison streets and was razed in the 1930's.
Make sure to check out the digital collection of local photographs that capture many of the ways that Evansville and the surrounding areas have changed – or in some cases, really haven’t! – over the last century.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Poetry in the Library

April is National Poetry Month. Here at Eager Free Public Library we have a lot of poetry "stuff", from books of poetry to poetry programs.

At April's meeting of the Young Writers group, the group created bookspine poems that - you guessed it - use titles on the edges of books for lines of poetry. Given the limited amount of time they had, their final products were pretty great!

Below is a list of just some of the poetry books you can find at our library. Here's a tip: don't feel like you have to sit and read any of these cover-to-cover; dip in and out and try reading a new poem every day for a week.

Poetry for Kids
The Poet’s Corner: the one and only poetry book for the whole family compiled and performed by James Lithgow (audiobook)
Noisy poems for a busy day by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Lori Joy Smith
Giggle Poetry is a fun website that’s chock-full of poems and poetry activities for kids and families to try together!

Poetry for Young Adults & Adults
Wisconsin History in Poetry edited by Henry C. Spear
The Cassell Book of English Poetry selected and introduced by James Reeves
The Variety of Poetry: an anthology collected by Edward A. Bloom, Charles H. Philbrick, and Elmer M. Blistein
Poetry out of Wisconsin edited by August Derleth

How to Write Poetry
The shape of poetry by Peter Meinke

Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy National Library Week!

Happy National Library Week! We like to think of every week as being a time to celebrate libraries, but in honor of the "official" week, we're going to zero in on some fun library-themed picture books from our library and others in Rock County.

If you're interested in one of these books, you can order it by signing in to RockCat, the library's online catalog, or you can always give the library a call at 608-882-2260 and we'd be happy to put it on hold for you.

  • No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illustrated by Brian Ajhar. A fun rhyming picture book about pirates, libraries, and reading!
  • Library Mouse series by Daniel Kirk. This series of picture books explores many aspects of libraries, from library buildings to the "stuff" on the shelves, told through the eyes of a small mouse who lives in a library.
  • Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril. The beloved character from the classic easy reader series appears in this picture book about libraries.
  • My First Trip to the Library by Katie Kawa. A non-fiction book follows a young boy on his first trip to a public library.
  • Library Lily by Gillian Shields, illustrated by Francesca Chessa. A picture book about Lily, who loves reading at the library, and her friend Milly, who dislikes reading but loves adventure.
  • Spot Goes to the Library by Eric Hill. This board book featuring Spot the dog is a perfect way to introduce the library to very young readers.
  • Homer, the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. Homer is a quiet-loving cat who needs to find a new spot to sleep.
  • Kevin Goes to the Library by Liesbet Slegers. This charming book emphasizes the library routine of finding books, checking them out, reading them, and returning them.
  • Dinosaur Visits the Library by Dan Shea. With a mighty roar, Dinosaur heads to the library, meeting several animal and bird friends along the way. Perfect for practicing animal sounds and dinosaur roars.
We hope you enjoy these library library books as much as we do! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Growing Wisconsin Readers

With the - ahem - slow arrival of spring, this seems as good a time as any to highlight a new program in Wisconsin that is intended to support the growth and development of very young readers! The program is called Growing Wisconsin Readers, the focus of which is literacy development in ages birth - 6 years old.

Today we're going to highlight some authors that are great for each stage, from babies to toddlers to preschoolers. Many of these are in our library, but you can also order them through the online catalog, RockCat.

Books for Babies 

Check out the Baby section on the Growing Wisconsin Readers website for more authors!

Books for Toddlers

Books for Preschoolers