2021 Aviation Art Contest

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By , December 14, 2020

Calling all artists between the ages of 6 and 17! The International Aviation Art Contest is now underway! The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WI DOT), in partnership with the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), invites students to create a work of art that celebrates the adventures and excitement of the world of flight. ​Visit the Wisconsin DOT site for more details.

New Creativebug database available

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By , December 11, 2020

Dreamers and makers, your world is about to explode with creative possibilities! Winding Rivers Library System libraries are pleased to announce that free access to Creativebug is now available. All you need is your library card and access to an Internet-enabled device or computer to enjoy unlimited access to over 1,000 online art and craft classes, plus patterns, templates, and recipes.

If you’ve been waiting for a nudge to create something wonderful, here it is! (And you don’t need to leave your home to learn how.) Creativebug offers easy-to-follow video instructions from expert artists and crafters. Start when you can. Pause when you need a break. Resume when you’re ready. Classes never expire. Topics include art & design, sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, food & home, jewelry, holiday & party, and classes for kids.

Other topics:

· Book binding

· Acrylic and watercolor painting

· Knit and crochet

· Manga drawing

· Needle embroidery

· Cake decorating

· Canning and preserving

· Jewelry making

· Paper crafts

· And much more! To get started, visit www.wrlsweb.org.  You will be prompted to enter your library card number and then to create an account upon your first use. After creating an account, users will be able to log in and start creating.

Mango Languages Resource – Gone in January

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By , November 25, 2020

The Mango Languages database has been getting little use from our patrons.  Librarians voted to bring in a new database especially for individuals and families trying craft projects at home! 

Creativebug offers thousands of online art and craft video classes for all ages and skill levels. Creativebug will be available from the database page beginning January 1, 2021. You can find other resources there right now (https://www.wrlsweb.org)!

Sijo Poetry – Writing Contest

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By , November 18, 2020

On the tails of a successful grant program that helps Wisconsin libraries augment their offerings with East Asian materials and programming, the Center for East Asian Studies announces a new outlet to express creativity with Korean flair. On Nov. 17, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) launched Wisconsin’s first-ever sijo poem writing competition.

Sijo is a traditional Korean three-line poetic form consisting of a theme (1st line), elaboration (2nd line), and a counter-theme and conclusion (3rd line). Sijo traditionally explores cosmological, metaphysical, or pastoral themes and consists of 14-16 syllables per line:

Song of My Five Friends by Yun Seondo (1587-1671)

You ask how many friends I have? Water and stone, bamboo and pine
The moon rising over the eastern hill is a joyful comrade.
Besides these five companions, what other pleasure should I ask?

“Sijo is a great entry point for exploring traditional Korean culture. It is also an interesting lens through which to view your own culture,” said CEAS associate director David Fields. Fields has committed to writing a new Wisconsin-themed sijo every week from now until the close of the competition:

The Two Masters by David Fields

Brett Favre, the gun slinger, restored Title Town to past glory.

Raw emotion, force, and instinct bringing victories and defeats.

His record who can equal? Aaron Rodgers, the cerebral.

The Wisconsin Sijo Competition is open to Wisconsinites of all ages, offers monetary prizes of up to $400 to winning entries, and includes inducements for schools and libraries to promote participation in the competition. For details on how to enter as well as on how to write sijo, please visit the Wisconsin Sijo Competition page. The deadline for entry is 18 January 2021.

Book It With Bucky – November Kids Reading Challenge

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By , November 5, 2020

Kids in Grades 6 and below can take part in this November Reading Challenge! Visit Book It With Bucky for more details!

Love Wisconsin Stories

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By , October 30, 2020

Visit the Love Wisconsin Project online. They’re helping to “bring about a more connected, compassionate, and engaged Wisconsin.” You’ll enjoy getting to know some of your neighbors!

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