Reading is for everyone. If you know someone who has a visual impairment or physical limitations (like arthritis), they can receive FREE library materials mailed to them through the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library. Call (414) 286-3045 or visit the web site for an application at http://talkingbooks.dpi.wi.gov.
Thank you to Wisconsin author Kathleen Ernst for coming to Eagle yesterday and doing her Caroline Abbott American Girl mystery program. There were 109 in attendance! It was exciting to have so many girls and boys express an interest in reading, writing, and history.
In her hour-long illustrated program she shared some of the stories behind the stories of the fifteen children's books she has written for the Middleton, WI-based American Girl company. Afterwards she answered questions from the girls, and posed for photos with them. And the library gave away a beautiful Caroline Abbott doll!
Kathleen Ernst also did a Chloe Ellefson mystery program for adults. She spoke about her first three books and then previewed a fourth book which will release this fall. The setting for the fourth book is Iowa.
The library workers at the Alice Baker Library are special and I want to take this opportunity to thank them. They smile and greet people when they come in the library, help people of all ages find library materials that exist in the library or out of the library, and go out of their way to make the library a friendly and welcoming place.
Did you know... -There are more public libraries than McDonald's in the U.S. -Americans check out an average of more than 8 books a year. -Reference librarians in the nation's public and academic libraries answer nearly 6.6 MILLION questions weekly. Standing single file, the line of questioners would span from Ocean City, Maryland to Juneau, Alaska.
In celebration of National Library Week April 14-20, all public libraries in Waukesha County will participate in the annual Culver's Coloring Contest. Kids 11 and under can pick up a drawing sheet at any local library and celebrate his or her favorite book by drawing a picture about it. Return the drawing in April and receive a certificate for a FREE scoop of Culver's Frozen Custard. Our contest runs from April 1st to the 29th. Each child is only eligible to enter once.