A big Thank You goes out to the Alma Rod & Gun Club for the 2016 Donation, for the purchase of Outdoor Magazines! Many are apparent in this photo.
The gift includes these titles: Backwoodsman, Badger Sportsman, Bassmaster, Deer & Deer Hunting, Field & Stream, Fur-Fish-Game, Guns & Ammo, Hunting (Petersons), In-Fisherman, Mother Earth News, North American Bowhunter, North American Whitetails, Outdoor Life, Predator Xtreme, Ranger Rick, Wisconsin Natural Resources, Wisconsin Outdoor News, and Wisconsin Sportsman.
Stop in to browse this collection, and other magazine titles purchased by the library!
What do these films have in common?
Saving Private Ryan
The Alma Public Library owns them, they were directed by Steven Spielberg, and the music for these movies, and many, many more was written by composer John Williams!
With 49 Academy Award nominations, “Williams holds the record for the most Oscar nominations of any living person.” “Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elavated the art form to symphonic levels and inspired generations of audiences to be enriched by the magic of movies.” (Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, American Film Institute Board of Trustees)
The American Film Institute will be presenting Williams with its 44th Life Achievement Award on June 9, 2016.
Hurry! Hurry! Wisconsin Academy, an independent, nonprofit organization is sponsoring the Wisconsin People & Ideas fiction and poetry contests. Wisconsin residents and students 18 and over have a chance to win $500 along with other prizes, and publication in the Wisconsin People and Ideas magazine. But you have to submit your work by December 1st!
From their website: “Founded in 1870, the Wisconsin Academy brings people together at the intersection of the sciences, arts, and letters to inspire discovery, illuminate creative work, and foster civil dialogue on important issues. We’re a key resource for informed and engaged citizens who appreciate the value of discovery and learning. Our goal is to foster a rich and lively creative culture that enhances our quality of life so that Wisconsin is economically, socially, and environmentally resilient.”
If this sounds like something you’d like to become a part of, visit www.wisconsinacademy.org/contests for complete contest rules and information.
The Alma Book Club is on hiatus, but members have scheduled two books for their springtime reads!
March 21st – Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.
April 18th – Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Readers will have plenty of time to check out these titles, and to imagine the fun conversations that will follow the spring thaw. The public is welcome to join in! Most meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Mondays of the month at 7:00 in the library – weather permitting!
The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is sponsoring a poetry contest for Wisconsin students grades 6 thru 12; junior division (grades 6-8)/senior division (grades 9-12).
- January 16, 2016 entry deadline.
- No entry fee!
- Prizes awarded in each division: 1st prize -$50, 2nd prize -$30, 3rd prize -$20.
- Winning poems will be published in the 2017 Wisconsin Poet’s Calendar.
Visit: wfop.org for full submission guidelines. Select “contests”, then “student contest rules.”
If you happened to miss the high jinks, ask for more information from any of the Alma Area School students, grades K-6. They will fill you in.
Children’s author and hilarious educator Katie Mcky (pronounced mcI) was a big hit at the school this week! A mixture of pumpkin playfulness, bear advice and leaf blower mania, is McKy’s recipe for success. A former midwesterner, and the author of Wolf Camp, Pumpkin Town, and It All Began With a Bean, provided writing workshops for all ages, as well as bookend presentations to begin and end a fun Tuesday.
McKy’s visit was sponsored by Parent’s Interested in Education, with a contribution from the Alma Public Library. To learn a little bit more about the author, visit her website: http://www.katiemcky.com/.