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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

Help wanted signThe 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.

Crafting Bee

Thursday, March 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!

Changing Weather & Climate in the Great Lakes Region Discussion

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

VIIRS DNB image of the Great Lakes (reflected moonlight)

Crafting Bee

Thursday, March 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!

Beauty and the Beast Storytime

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Beauty and the Beast cover artJoin Beauty and the Beast for a special storytime!

Crafting Bee

Thursday, March 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!

Library open special hours

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 11:00am - 2:00pm

Photo of chili in panThe library will be open for special hours on Sunday, March 22 from 11 am to 2 pm while the Friends of Scandinavia History (FOSH) holds their third annual Chili Luncheon. Four kinds of chili, coffee, cheese, and bars will be served by FOSH in the municipal meeting room adjacent to the library. A $6 donation per person is requested to help restore FOSH's historic street in the village park.

Stop in the library before or after your lunch to see what we have to offer in local history and other items!

Photo shared through Creative Commons License by makatcheks.

March 2015 Book Group

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

Five Days at Memorial cover artLibrarian Sue leads the March book group discussion of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.

"After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths."

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters--and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.

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, March 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!

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