Winter Reading Challenge
Continues through March 30!
Readers 13+: Pick up one challenge strip at a time and return as you complete each one to get a coupon for a free book from the used book sale or $1 off overdue fines. When you’ve completed 3 strips, get a specially designed mug. Each strip you complete will also be entered into a drawing for a $50 Kwik Trip gift card.
Readers ages 8-12: Pick up a game sheet and meet the challenges! When done, return it and receive a free book.
Readers 7 & younger: Pick up a game sheet and follow paths through each Picture Book City neighborhood. Read books and tackle fun tasks. Complete the challenge and select a free book for your home library!
Thursday, February 21 6:00 PM
From novice to published, all who love to write are invited! Receive encouragement, feedback and gentle critique. No matter your genre or writing form—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screen- or playwriting—all are welcome. Sessions include writing prompts, topics and feedback. The group meets the third Thursday of each month. Please bring a notebook and writing instrument. No registration is required.
This month’s writing prompt: Character creation
What’s in the name, the quirks and the memory of a character? Characters’ names can conjure emotions and traits associated with them. Develop your character by defining their motivation.
Tuesday, February 26 6:00 PM
Pick up a copy of A Man Called Ove at the front desk. Enjoy the novel, then create art inspired by what you read. Meet with fellow artists to share your impressions of the written work, show your art and discuss your creative process. For information, call (920)793-7105.
Freelancing as a Creative Entrepreneur Featuring filmmaker Nathaniel Haban
Wednesday, February 27 6:00 PM
What is it like to work as a freelancer in the creative realm, especially in a state with no established film industry? Haban, the founder of a growing company, shares successes and hard lessons—and what he’d do differently given the opportunity. For more information or to RSVP, visit the Two Rivers BizStarts Facebook page or call the Help Desk at (920)793-7114.
Next meeting: Thursday, April 4 6:00 PM with guest speaker Ryan Kauth
Thursday, February 28 10:15-11:45 AM
Budding genealogists meet every other week to share research tips and to motivate each other in the quest to uncover stories about their ancestors. New members are always welcome. This meeting’s topic: You had your DNA tested; now what?
- March 14: Using Ancestry.com for Research
- March 28: What to Expect When Visiting a Courthouse
- April 11: Searching Military Records
- April 25: Searching Old Newspapers
- May 9: Can Putting Your Tree Online Help Your Research?
- May 23: Sneaking Research Into Your Summer Vacation
MCLS Reads Book Discussion
Tuesday, March 5 6:30 PM
Lester Public Library Director Jeff Dawson leads the first book discussion of the two-county literary and action event, MCLS Reads. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Dan Egan is an award-winning scientific, yet thrilling and immensely readable, portrayal of the lakes’ histories and environmental struggles.
Egan effectively describes the alarming (and costly) threats they face, and offers feasible solutions. Check out a copy of the book at any Manitowoc-Calumet Library System member library, read it and participate. All member libraries will be hosting MCLS Reads events in coming months. (At LPL’s Scholar for Life program March 13, delve further into the fascinating and threatened intricacies of the Big Lakes—see below).
Monday, March 11 1:00-8:00 PM
Join instructor Carolee Crabb to create handmade cards. Participants may drop in any time during the session. Cost is $7 for materials. Please bring double-stick tape and scissors.
The Great Lakes: Changing Lakes in Changing Times
Wednesday, March 13 6:00 PM
We live on the shores of the world’s largest freshwater system. The Great Lakes are home to complex and changing ecosystems. Building on the stories in Dan Egan’s The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, Dr. Titus Seilheimer digs deeper into the issues of today and the future. Seilheimer is the fisheries outreach specialist for the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. No registration required. This is an MCLS Reads event.
The Civil War and the “Old Soldier”
Wednesday, March 20 6:00 PM
Civil War reenactor and researcher Mark Gotstein and retired professor of history Patrick Gagnon recount Two Rivers’ participation in the Civil War and the eventual procurement and placement of the Old Soldier monument.
Tuesday, March 26 1:00-2:30 PM
Get the latest information from dementia care specialist Ariel Yang of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore. She addresses the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, symptoms, stages, and treatments available. Learn about risk factors; some can’t be changed, but emerging evidence suggests there may be other factors we can influence. This free program is a collaboration of ADRCL and the Alzheimer’s Association. Call (877)416-7083 to register.