Enchanted Windows

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By , December 28, 2016

To kick off the holiday shopping season years ago, department stores (especially those in bigger cities) trimmed their windows with mechanical dolls and animals to attract shoppers. It became an annual tradition for many families to travel downtown, and to go from store to store to see the creations. It was inexpensive entertainment for children. New York City is known even today for its fantastic holiday window creations.

This year the library dressed our windows with this tradition in mind.  We hope you enjoy them as December comes to a close.

Playing Dress-Up With the Library Windows

Playing Dress-Up With the Library Windows

Pooh and Piglet Welcome

Pooh and Piglet Welcome

Next Read – Alma Book Club

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By , November 4, 2016

November 14th, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm – Join the Alwildma Book Club at the Library for a discussion of the book by Cheryl Strayed, Wild. It’s one woman’s story about her personal journey as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail. From the Seattle Times:”This isn’t Cinderella in hiking boots, it’s a woman coming out of heartbreak, darkness and bad decisions with a clear view of where she has been…”

Join us to find out why people are wild about this book.


Badgerlink – Catch the Buzzzzz!

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By , November 2, 2016

The Library + Badgerlink can help you find the facts. 

Sometimes a topic generates a lot of buzz, and you wonder where you can go to get more information. The WI Dept of Public Instruction makes available an online resource called, BadgerLink. Available to all Wisconsin residents, it’s a tool that many people aren’t familiar with, and a worthwhile source of hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles!

Visit the Library if you have a need-to-know. We’ll help you use BadgerLink to find out more about health-related topics, the newest business craze, or even the latest clickbait.

{“From a historical perspective, the techniques employed by clickbait authors can be considered derivative of yellow journalism, which presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines that include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism.” – from Wikipedia}

Trick or Treat at the Library

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By , October 28, 2016

Boo,  BOO,  Boo – Thank you!
Lots of ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes stopped by to say hi during Monday’s trick or treat in Alma!  We shared apples, stickers and other treats with our visitors.

Alma Book Club Wed, Oct 19th @ 1:30 p.m.

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By , October 10, 2016

winter-bloomThe 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…..

Wisconsin Blue Books – A Treasure Trove of Information

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By , August 19, 2016

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

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