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Calling Young Poets!

Standing superhero boyThe Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) is sponsoring its annual Student Poetry Contest. The contest has no entry fee and is open to all Wisconsin students in grades 6 through 12. Winners receive cash prizes and get their poem published in the 2016 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.

The WFOP is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting poetry in Wisconsin. For more information about WFOP, go to wfop.org.

For questions about the student contest, contact the Student Contest coordinator, Jeanie Tomasko at: wisstudentpoetrycontest@gmail.com

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Reading More and Viking It! T-shirts for Sale

Photograph of t-shirt with Viking image for Scandinavia Public LIbraryBased on popular demand, Scandinavia Public Library Reading More and Viking It! t-shirts are available for $12 each. The royal blue, 100% cotton (preshrunk) shirts are silk screened with the library name on the upper left chest in the front and the viking on the back. Child and adult sizes are the same price. If you are looking for a size that we don't carry we will order it for you as available through our vendor through November 2014.

Support the library and share your Viking pride with a t-shirt!

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Library News: TREATS AT THE SCANDINAVIA LIBRARY

Graphic of boy superhero flying in capeThe Scandinavia Public Library will host some Halloween fun before trick-or-treating in the Village of Scandinavia.

From 1-2 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, guests can play a variety of games,listen to Halloween stories, and enjoy some snacks at the library. Individuals who come in costume can also have their picture taken to be entered into the Scandinavia Public Library's freaky, frightening Facebook photo album!

The library will also host these upcoming programs:

Bring a craft item to work on at the library during Crafting Bee, every Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until noon. This is a fun and friendly group, and members always learn something new!

The Book Group meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. On October 28, the group will discuss Lorrie Moore's novel "A Gate at the Stairs." A  New York Times Book Review  'Best Book of the Year,' it is described as a piercing novel of race, class, love, and war in America.

These events are all free and open to the public.

The Scandinavia Public Library is located at 349 N. Main Street in Scandinavia. 

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Library Provides Lunch for Victorian House Tour

Photograph of lamp and jars on bathroom vanityThe historic Wrolstad-Quien Victorian home at 255 Mill Street, Scandinavia will be open for tour on Halloween Weekend: Friday, October 31; Saturday, November 1; and Sunday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Donations of $2 per person will  support the Humane Society of Waupaca County.

Linda and Jon Durrant are hosting the Victorian House tour, a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1893 by John and Mathea Wrolstad. Second owners, the Thomas and Maren Quien family owned the house for 90 years, and third owners Linda and Jon Durrant purchased the house in 2007, beginning their 7 year restoration.

The Durrants are delighted to show visitors architectural features: faux bois woodwork, pocket doors, fret work (spandrels), etched glass doors, spoon carved woodwork and much more. Be sure to see their displays of century-old photographs and personal items belonging to the previous owner families.

Volunteers will provide a lunch of chili, brats, and booyah at the site. Donations for the food will support the Scandinavia Public Library.

Artisans from near and far will be onsite demonstrating and displaying their work as well as selling items. Featured artisans include rug weaver, Jerry Johnson; wool spinner, Claire Nordness; quilter, Linda Durrant; basket weaver, Barbara Johnson; gourmet dog treats chef, Sue Moerke; wood carver, Kay Durrant; water color painters, Sue Martin and Doris Weed; repurposed furniture designer, Becky Stevens. Local business owners of  The Village Hive of Amherst, Amy Powers; and Trout Bum Baker of Scandinavia, Tom Spoerl will be providing samples. Ghost stories, gentle in content but told for adults, will be told by Donna Rickel and fortunes will be told by Madam Sams.

The owners of the home have carefully restored the Victorian home and researched the history of its previous owners. Due to the fine furnishings and detailed history presented, this event is suitable only for the most erudite of children and adults.

Information about the history of the previous homeowners, refurbishing of the home, and plans for Halloween Weekend can be found at www.1893victorianfarmhouse.blogspot.com.

Lamp photograph by Linda Durrant.

Substitute Librarian Needed

The Scandinavia Public Library is currently accepting applications for a substitute librarian. The substitute librarian is responsible for providing all of the library services related to lending library materials and handling monetary transactions at the library when the library director is not available. Courteous customer service, good organizational skills, excellent computer skills, and a high school diploma or the equivalent are required. Experience with children and young adults is beneficial.

To apply for this position submit a resume to either

  • The Scandinavia Public Library in person

  • Scandinavia Public Library, PO Box 157, Scandinavia, WI 54977

  • e-mail sca@mail.owls.lib.wi.us

Applications will be reviewed beginning September 23, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Questions may be directed to Sue Vater Olsen, library director, at (715) 467-4636 or the e-mail address above.

The Scandinavia Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Crafting Bee

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! This informal group is designed for handicrafters of all types to work in an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support. Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. So whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, hand quilt, bead, or scrap, and whether you are a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! Supervised children are also welcome. Please come and enjoy the fun!

Crafting Bee  takes place from 10 a.m. - Noon every Thursday.

You can check out some of our projects on the Scandinavia Public Library Facebook page!

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Halloween @ the Library!

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Drawing of Halloween charactersJoin us at Scandinavia Public Library for Halloween fun before trick-or-treating in the village! We will have a variety of games to play, Halloween stories, and snacks. Come in your costume and have your photo taken.

UW Extension has some great tips on how to make it a healthy Halloween for kids.

October 2014 Book Group

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Cover art of "A Gate at the Stairs"Librarian Hélène leads the October book discussion. The book choice is A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore.

"...As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer--his 'Keltjin potatoes' are justifiably famous--has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir. Between semesters, she takes a job as a part-time nanny. The family she works for seems both mysterious and glamorous to her, and although Tassie had once found children boring, she comes to care for, and to protect, their newly adopted little girl as her own. As the year unfolds and she is drawn deeper into each of these lives, her own life back home becomes ever more alien to her: her parents are frailer; her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she felt herself to be, and as life and love unravel dramatically, even shockingly, she is forever changed..."-- dust cover flap.

The Scandinavia Public Library chooses a book monthly (except for December) to read and discuss as a group on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Selections vary widely and readers are welcome to participate as frequently as they choose.

Crafting Bee

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! This informal group is designed for handicrafters of all types to work in an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support. Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. So whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, hand quilt, bead, or scrap, and whether you are a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! Supervised children are also welcome. Please come and enjoy the fun!

Crafting Bee  takes place from 10 a.m. - Noon every Thursday.

You can check out some of our projects on the Scandinavia Public Library Facebook page!

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