Dear Parents and Friends,
It’s that time of year again. Time to go skiing at Mount Ashwabay with MIST. The ice road seems to be taking its time forming so...I think we will plan on going via ferry starting Saturday, February 4th and the following two Saturdays, February 11th and the 18th. This is all subject to change if the weather does not cooperate.
I do need some volunteers to help out in various ways. I need drivers (if we have to take the ferry it would be nice to use cars that are already on the mainland to cut down on ferry costs), 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:
• February 4th
• February 11th
• February 18th
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.
Jerry Dunn usually likes to have the children ski for him before they are set free so he can go over any instruction needed and to go over the rules at the ski hill.
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
Morning Yoga at the Library with Lydia Caswell
$5.00 per class
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Click the link below to a short video about the importance of reading to your children...
This is a great link for finding just the right
children's book for young readers...
The Madeline Island Book Club
Welcome Winter Party
Sunday, December 4th
at the home of Robert Kramer and Susi Saxl
North Shore Rd.
Read On Wisconsin...
Read On Wisconsin (ROW) is a state-wide literacy program, administered by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, that promotes high-quality books for children and teens. Each month features one or more Read On Wisconsin titles for children and teens in five different age-level groups.
ROW is a great way to connect children and teens in the state with terrific books and with each other. The goal of ROW is to encourage children and teens to think and to talk about what they are reading, or what is being read to them. We hope you’ll choose these books as read-alouds or book discussion selections, feature them in displays, or highlight them in other ways as you connect Wisconsin children and teens with books in your library or classroom.
The CCBC’s partners for Read On Wisconsin include the Division of Media, Educational Resources and Information Technology (MERIT) of the School of Education at the UW-Madison; the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology; and TeachingBooks.net. The Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association is a Read On Wisconsin sponsor.
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 Night @ the Library
Knitting nights at the library has been changed back to every Monday at 4:30 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 Care About Your Indoor Air Month
- National Cherry Month
- National Haiku Writing Month
- National Laugh-Friendly Month
- National Mend A Broken Heart Month
- National Women Inventors Month
- Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
- Relationship Wellness Month
- Spunky Old Broads Month
- Sweet Potato Month
- Pull Your Sofa Off The Wall Month
To know more about what happened this month in history click on this image......
February 1 - Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)
February 2 - Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)
February 3 - James A. Michener (1907 - 1997)
February 4 - MacKinlay Kantor (1904 - 1977)
February 7 - Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)
February 7 - Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)
February 7 - Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867 - 1957)
February 8 - Jules Verne (1828 - 1905)
February 9 - J. M. Coetzee (1940 - )
February 9 - Alice Walker (1944 - )
February 16 - Richard Ford (1944- )
February 18 - Toni Morrison (1931 - )
February 18 - Wallace Stegner (1909 - 1993)
February 19 - Giorgos Seferis (1900 - 1971)
February 21 - Ha Jin (1956 - )
February 21 - Anais Nin (1903 - 1977)
February 22 - Morley Callaghan (1903 - 1990)
February 24 - Wilhelm Grimm (1786 - 1859)
February 26 - Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
February 27 - John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)
February 27 - N. Scott Momaday (1934 - )
February 27 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)