The Alma Book Club is reading Winter Bloom by Tara Heavey. You are welcome to join them here at the Library to discuss the novel, and other books you may be reading.
who: Alma Book Club meeting
where: Alma Public Library, 312 N Main, Alma WI
when: Wednesday, Oct 19th, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
“The Alma Book Club has been in existence for seventeen years. It was started with a grant for Healthy Communities. The grant was written by Lois Balk. This book club has been one of the high points of my life. It lets me share all the good books I read with other readers. What a wonderful way to learn.”
“The Book Club is great. Never did much reading before I started going to the Club. In the winter nothing is better; to curl up with a book. I read a lot more now – so many things you can’t do at an older age, so reading is fun!”
From Booklist magazine: Winter Bloom. In the heart of Dublin, there exists a dilapidated, acre-wide, walled garden that hasn’t been touched for years. When Eva, a recently widowed teacher and mother of four-year-old Liam, happens upon the garden, she instantly feels a strong desire to rebuild it into an urban green space. The garden has an unexpected effect on Eva’s life, bringing together a motley crew of unlikely Dubliners who rebuild it, all dealing with their own special kind of grief…..
Published since the mid-1880s, the State of Wisconsin Blue Book is a standard reference source for Wisconsin information: population, history, election data, agriculture, industry and much, much more. But don’t let the details dissuade you. Lengthy feature articles on a variety of topics are a pleasant surprise in the middle of this muddle of minutiae.
“Wisconsin at the Frontiers of Astronomy” is one such example. Written by Peter Susalla and James Lattis for the 2009-2010 edition of Wisconsin’s Blue Book, the 87 page article (on glossy paper) includes over 80 photographs and illustrations that help move the reader through time, from the prehistory of Wisconsin astronomy thru the development of telescopes and observatories.
Wisconsin at the Frontiers of Astronomy
“Wisconsin in the Civil War”, written by staff from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and the Wisconsin Department of Veteran’s Affairs, is a 69 page treasure hidden within the 2015-2016 edition. The article provides a historic survey from the precursors that lead to Civil War, thru to the care of the veterans that lived thru the war.
Wisconsin in the Civil War
The Wisconsin Blue Books can be read cover to cover online, through the UW Digital Collection. Later copies can also be found on the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau site.
UW Digital Collection – Blue Books
Marcie O’Connor recently provided a fascinating program promoting Butterflies and Caterpillars in the Buffalo County Area. You can make a difference – with a few tips from “the butterfly gal”.
Making a Difference
Little ones learned about the Drive-In Movies during one special Storytime Wednesday. Children made cardboard cars, and brought a stuffed animal from home to share the experience.
Cars are Ready
At the Drive-In
Mary Johnson shared historic methods for preserving food with children in the C-FC 4H program recently. Children tasted mincemeat, and learned that foods such as pemmican were essential for survival before the age of the Frigidaire.
When Food Spoils
Helpers at the Ready
The Library is governed by a talented and enthusiastic Library Board. Thank you to Ione Timm who recently tendered her resignation as Board Secretary. Keep smiling and enjoy your time off this Summer!
A Busy Lady