Dear Parents and Friends,
It’s that time of year again. Time to go skiing at Mount Ashwabay with MIST. The ice road is in great condition for now. So…I think we will plan on going this Saturday, February 7th. The following Saturday, February14th will work for me too but I will be out of town on February 21st so we will go again on Saturday, February 28th.
I do need some volunteers to help out in various ways. I need drivers, parents or friends to help the children get their ski boots on and get their skis fitted and rented in the chalet when we get to the hill, parents or friends to ski with the children and to help supervise in the chalet. Parents and friends are more than welcome to stay and ski for the day. The library will pay for all ski passes and all rental for children and adults if equipment is needed.
This is an incredible opportunity for the island children. They interact with other children from the area and very often friendships that are formed there last a lifetime. The feeling of accomplishment when a child masters the rope tow and then when they realize they have control of their skiing does so much for their self esteem. When the children start school in Bayfield skiing is part of the curriculum in middle school so the island children have an advantage having learned to ski at a younger age. A few of the older island children (adults now) that took advantage of the ski program long ago have gone on to compete and then to have careers in the field. And then there’s the obvious fact that skiing is a great winter outdoor sport and it’s FUN!
So… mark your calendars for:
We will meet at the library at 9:30 a.m on those mornings and figure out how many drivers we need. The library has helmets for the children but some good sturdy leather gloves or mittens (we used to call them “choppers”) work best for the rope tow. We ask the children to bring a lunch and a snack or send money for them to purchase food at the hill. We usually stay until 2:30 or so.
Call to let me know if your child will be participating, if you want to volunteer or if you have any questions…715-747-3662
This is a great link for finding just the right
children's book for young readers...
The book for the Madeline Island Literary Society for the month of February is
The 6th Extinction
by James Rollins
Copies are available at the library. Everyone is welcome...
Read On Wisconsin
Here are the Read On Wisconsin titles for 2014-2015:
Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. Schwartz & Wade, 2013.
Little Mouse by Alison Murray. U.S. edition: Disney / Hyperion, 2013.
Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems selected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Candlewick Press, 2010.
Matilda and Hans by Yokococo. U.S. edition: Templar / Candlewick Press, 2013.
Wild Berries by Julie Flett. Simply Read Books, 2013.
Quinito’s Neighborhood = El Vecindario de Quinito by Ina Cumpiaño. Illustrated by José Ramírez. Children’s Book Press, 2005.
Big Snow by Jonathan Bean. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013.
Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth. Peachtree Publishers, 2013.
Which Is Round? Which Is Bigger? by Mineko Mamada. Translated from the Japanese by Yvette Ghione. U.S. edition: Kids Can Press, 2013.
My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin, 2013.
Max and the Tag Along Moon by Floyd Cooper. Philomel, 2013.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. Illustrated by Patrick Benson. Candlewick Press, 1992, 1996.
Primary (Grades K-2)
The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz & Wade, 2013
Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack. Chronicle, 2012.
Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid. U.S. edition: Albert Whitman, 2013.
Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown. Illustrated by Magaly Morales. Clarion, 2010.
Thanks a Million: Poems by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera. Amistad, 2006.
The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers. Toon Books/Candlewick Press, 2013.
Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm by John Katz. Henry Holt, 2011.
Nora’s Chicks by Patricia MacLachlan. Illustrated by Kathryn Brown. Candlewick Press, 2013.
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by James Ransome. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, 2013.
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Kunu’s Basket: A Story from Indian Island by Lee DeCora Francis. Illustrated by Susan Drucker. Tilbury House, 2012.
No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young. Illustrated by Nicole Wong. Charlesbridge, 2013.
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon. Atheneum, 2013.
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, 2013.
Water in the Park: A Book about Water & the Times of Day by Emily Jenkins. Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. Schwartz & Wade, 2013.
Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington. Illustrated by Shelley Jackson. Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Ling & Ting Share a Birthday by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2013.
Intermediate (Grades 3-5)
Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled by Catherin Thimmesh. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt. Atheneum, 2013.
Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson. Abrams, 2012.
It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Lee & Low, 2012.
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett. Scholastic Press, 2013.
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester. U.S. edition: Houghton Mifflin, 2013.
Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Atheneum, 2012.
The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird by Atinuke. Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell. U.S. edition: Kane Miller, 2012.
Tua and the Elephant by R.P. Harris. Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. Chronicle Books, 2012.
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay. Illustrated by Priscilla Lamont. U.S. edition: Albert Whitman, 2013.
The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses by Lisa Wheeler. Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora. Atheneum, 2013.
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination by Christopher Myers. Egmont, 2012.
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy. Illustrated by Joe Morse. Carolrhoda, 2013.
Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes. Boyds Mills Press, 2013.
Yes! We Are Latinos by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. Illustrated by David Diaz. Charlesbridge, 2013.
Wolf and Dog by Sylvia Vanden Heede. Illustrated by Marije Tolman. Translated from the Dutch by Bill A. Nagelkerke. U.S. edition: Gecko Press, 2013.
Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Illustrated by Jim Madsen. HarperCollins, 2002.
Odessa Again by Dana Reinhardt. Illustrated by Susan Reagan. Wendy Lamb Books, 2013.
Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko. Dial, 2013.
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery by Cynthia Grady. Illustrated by Michele Wood. Eerdmans, 2012.
The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. Illustrated by Julia Kuo. Atheneum, 2013.
Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch. Photographs by Tom Uhlman. (Scientists in the Field) Houghton Mifflin, 2013.
Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013.
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith. Putnam, 2013.
How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle. The RoadRunner Press, 2013.
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake. Scholastic Press, 2012.
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin. Scholastic Press, 2013.
March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell. Top Shelf, 2013.
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II by Martin W. Sandler. Walker, 2013.
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Poison by Bridget Zinn. Hyperion, 2013.
Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan. Candlewick Press, 2013.
Bird Lake Moon by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, 2008.
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia. Amistad / HarperCollins, 2013.
The Unidentified by Rae Mariz. Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2010.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.
Maggot Moon by Sally GardnerIllustrated by Julian Crouch. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2013.
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. Candlewick Press, 2013.
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Boxers (Boxers and Saints) by Gene Luen Yang. First Second, 2013.
Saints (Boxers and Saints) by Gene Luen Yang. First Second, 2013.
Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices by Mitali Perkins. Candlewick Press, 2013.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. Little, Brown, 2013.
Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013.
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Naziby Neal Bascomb. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Inc., 2013.
I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Arthur Flowers. Illustrated by Manu Chitrakar. Designed by Guglielmo Rossi. Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2013.
More Than This by Patrick Ness. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2013.
Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie. Candlewick Press, 2012.
Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub. Delacorte Press, 2013.
Liar by Justine Larbalestier. U.S. edition: Bloomsbury, 2009.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2009.
A to Z World Travel
We have purchased a subscription to a database that anyone can access from the library or at home. It's called A to Z World Travel. You can look up all kinds of information about countries and cities around the world for school reports or if you are planning a trip to some exotic location and you want to know what to expect when you get there. Just click on the link below and type in the username and password and you're on our way. After you've tried it send an email to the library to let us know if it was helpful or not. We are trying it out for a year to see if his is a worthwhile program so your feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Knitting nights at the library has been changed back to every Monday at 4:00 p.m. Bring in a project you're working on or come willing to learn new techniques.
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This Month Is...
American Heart Month
International Boost Self-Esteem Month
Library Lovers Month
Marijuana Awareness Month
National African American History Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Haiku Writing Month
National Laugh-Friendly Month
National Women Inventors Month
Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
Youth Leadership Month
National Time Management Month
National Mend A Broken Heart Month
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