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Weather is usually part of our daily discussion. Deepen your conversations by participating in the free, four-week class “Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region” beginning on February 23.

Course content

Taught by Steve Ackerman, UW professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), and Margaret Mooney, CIMSS’ director of education and public outreach, the course will also incorporate information from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Weather-Ready Nation initiative as well as findings from the recent National Climate Assessment and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI).

For a course summary and video introduction, visit http://moocs.wisc.edu/mooc/great-lakes-weather-and-climate/.

Course format

The core of the course will be presented in a Massive Open Online Course or MOOC . This means that the lectures and other content will be available through the internet. It is open to anyone to enroll. For a video introduction to MOOCs at UW-Madison, visit http://moocs.wisc.edu/mooc-trailer/.

The “Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region” MOOC content for the first week will be available beginning February 23. Students may view the content on their own schedule. According to UW-Madison, one can “Think of MOOCs as being like a big online museum. People can go in and find out about the subjects that interest them by looking at a number of artifacts. Sometimes visitors will go through the whole museum, while others come just to see one room, or even one statue. Similarly, in a MOOC, people go online to learn more about the topics that interest them. The videos, discussion forums and learning activities with-in a MOOC are a little bit like the artifacts in a museum.”

Moderated hour-long discussion of each week's course content will be held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. at Scandinavia Public Library. Discussions are at 4:30 p.m. on February 27, March 5, March 12, and March 19. Snacks will be provided.

Many students will interact with MOOC content from home or work. Public computers at the Scandinavia Public Library are available for this purpose as well.

Students will be able to access course materials through the end of March.

Enrollment

To sign up for a UW-Madison MOOC or to learn more, go to www.moocs.wisc.edu and click on the icon for the “Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region” MOOC. When you enroll you will be taken to our Coursera page, where you can create an account and sign up for free.

K-12 Teacher Graduate Credit

In 2015 the University of Wisconsin-Madison is launching six new MOOCs with environmental themes. The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) in collaboration with the UW Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) is offering K-12 teachers an opportunity to earn 1 graduate level credit for taking the following two MOOCs: Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region (2/23 – 3/23) and Energy and the Earth (6/21-7/18) and attending a day and a half workshop in Madison. For more information see this CIMSS website.

Partners

UW-Madison MOOC efforts are supported by Educational Innovation (EI), an initiative of the provost’s office that aims to transform teaching, learning and engagement to inspire students and empower communities.
 
Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), a nonprofit membership organization that facilitates collaborative projects to advance library service, is providing coordination between UW-Madison and the 21 public library partners for the MOOC., primarily in the state of Wisconsin. Here is a map of the participating libraries.

Scandinavia Public Library is a member of OWLS, the Outagamie Waupaca Library System.

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 February 17, 2015 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Recent applicants are encouraged to reapply.

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.

Harry Potter Book Night

Thursday, February 5, 2015 (All day)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone cover artHarry Potter Book Night is all about passing on the magic of J.K. Rowling’s amazing books to the next generation of readers. February 5, 2015 is the first ever Harry Potter Book Night. New to the world of Harry Potter? Start with the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter fan? Consider rereading your favorite section, book, or even series!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley — a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry — and anyone who reads about him — will find unforgettable.

For it's here that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling takes up where she left off with Harry's second year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Old friends and new torments abound, including a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, an outrageously conceited professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, and a mysterious force that turns Hogwarts students to stone.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing 13 people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It's the pivotal fourth novel in the seven-part saga of a young wizard's coming of age. The thickest. The juiciest yet. Harry Potter turns fourteen. But will all his friends? Rumors have persisted that one of the characters may not see the conclusion of this novel, something the author has refused either to confirm or deny. But we who love Ron, Hermione, Hagrid...even pitiful Neville Longbottom...wait anxiously to see if they will make it through safely. No one's fate is certain when Volde -- excuse me -- He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is part of the picture.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter confronts the unreliability of the very government of the magical world, and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it) Harry finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty and unbearable sacrifice. Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages, and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince, and with Dumbledore's guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort--and thus finds what may be his only vulnerability.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

It all comes down to this - a final faceoff between good and evil. You plan to pull out all the stops, but every time you solve one mystery, three more evolve. Do you stay the course you started, despite your lack of progress? Do you detour and follow a new lead that may not help? Do youlisten to your instincts, or your friends?

Lord Voldemort is preparing for battle and so must Harry. With Ron and Hermione at his side, he's trying to hunt down Voldemort's Horcruxes, escape danger at every turn, and find a way to defeat evil once and for all. How does it all end?

Crafting Bee

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 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, 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!

Crafting Bee

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 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, 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!

Presidents' Day

Monday, February 16, 2015 (All day)

Portion of the US flag graphicThe library is closed on Monday, February 16, 2015 for Presidents' Day.

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Crafting Bee

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 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, 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!

February 2015 Book Group

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

A Knight in Shining Armor cover artLibrarian Meredith will lead the book discussion on A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. The publisher describes the book as "Abandoned by her lover, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery finds herself alone and brokenhearted in an old English church. She never dreamed that a love more powerful than time awaited her there...until Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, a sixteenth-century knight, appeared. Drawn to him by a bond so sudden and compelling that it defied reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect just as she was. But she could not know how strong were the chains that tied them to the past -- or the grand adventure that lay before them."

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, February 26, 2015 - 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, 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!

Changing Weather & Climate in the Great Lakes Region Discussion

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

AOSS Building UW Madison

Join us for the first week of discussion regarding the MOOC Changing Weather & Climate in the Great Lakes Region.

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