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The Scandinavia Public Library has developed an ongoing early literacy initiative called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten that began October 2013. This multiyear project encourages parents to read aloud at least 1000 books with their children before they enter school.

The program, open to any preschooler, whose caregiver uses the Scandinavia Public Library in person,has an initial goal of reaching–and involving- 25 (or more!) children over a two year period.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten goals include:

  • Introducing a fun method to encourage families to read aloud to preschoolers
  • Introducing children to a wide range of excellent books to promote pre-literacy so children enter school ready to learn
  • Encouraging regular library use by families and enhancing our outreach to caregivers

Children receive a reading folder and book bag at registration with pages to record the books read. Registration is done in person at the Scandinavia Public Library. Families are encouraged to return to the library every time they finish reading and listening to 100 books. Children receive a congratulatory stickers each time they finish a  batch of 100 books. The culminating prize is a book the child can keep.

A key aspect of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is to connect it with caregivers. You can assist us by:

Is a library card on your child's back to school list? If it isn't there already, it should be!

A library card gives a reader access to over one million books, videos, and other items in the Outagamie-Waupaca Library System to expand learning and for entertainment. People can also browse through a large database of magazine articles available through the online catalog, www.infosoup.org. Additionally, helpful and knowledgeable librarians are ready to help steer library patrons toward any materials and information they might be looking for.

And, best of all, your initial library card is free! Just stop by a local library with a photo ID and proof of residence (for instance, a driver's license or state ID with a current address).

Most public libraries in Waupaca County work with local schools to make sure all students have a library card before finishing the first grade, but guardians can register their child for a library card at an earlier age if they feel it is appropriate. A child's library card requires their guardian's signature, as well as the guardian's proof of ID and residence.

"Having a card for the public library is very helpful when students are researching a topic that our school library doesn't have many resources on," said Kari Schwartz, Iola-Scandinavia School's library media center director. "The card provides students with access to their local library's resources, as well as resources at the other Infosoup libraries."

If a library card is lost, replacement cards are available for up to $3. Anyone who is not sure if they already have a library card can inquire at a local library. Current address and other patron information can be updated at the same time.

Now is also a great time to make sure your library card is in good standing. Cards in good standing have fines or other fees totalling less than $5. Fines and fees can be paid at a local library or online.

To make a payment online, an individual's fines and fees must total over $4. Go to www.Infosoup.org and click on "View My Account." Click on your name, located near the upper right corner of the web-page, then click on "Fines/Fees" from the list on the left side of your account page.

The same OWLS library card can be used at all public libraries in Outagamie and Waupaca counties.

A library card is a passport to the greater world for adults and children. Never stop reading ─ visit a local library today!

The Waupaca County public libraries include: 

Welcome to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school, a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that are key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

To participate:

1. Sign up at the Scandinavia Public Library and receive a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log and book bag.

2. Read together

3. Write the titles on your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time. Books read at library storytime, at daycare or by others to your child also count! You can also color in or check off a book read rather than writing down the title.

4. When you finish 100 books, bring your sheet to the library. Your child will receive a sticker to acknowledge his or her progress.

5. Return to the library each time 100 books are completed for additional stickers.

6. After finishing 1000 books, your child will receives a book to keep and a certificate

Gets a jumpstart on success in school and life by reading together. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten has no end date except your child’s going to school, so don’t feel rushed. Enjoy the experience! Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about 

Photograph of Victorian Home in Scandinavia

During a period of five years (1850-1855) large numbers of Norwegian immigrants registered and received land parcels to clear land for farming and build their homes.  These lands were to become known as the village of Scandinavia, Wisconsin on the South Branch of the Little Wolf River.  Imagine what it must have looked like in the 1850s, when there was only wilderness between Winchester and Scandinavia, Wisconsin.

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! Enjoy an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support as you work alongside other crafters. 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! Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. All ages are welcome, although younger children should be supervised. This group meets every Thursday morning from 10 a.m. ─ noon.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee. This informal group is designed for hand crafters 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're a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! All ages are welcome, although younger children should be supervised. Please come and enjoy the fun!

Crafting Bee takes place from 10:00 a.m. ─ Noon every Thursday.

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee. This informal group is designed for hand crafters 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're a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! All ages are welcome, although younger children should be supervised. Please come and enjoy the fun!

Crafting Bee takes place from 10:00 a.m. ─ Noon every Thursday.

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

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Play some Star Wars themed games, make a craft, and test your knowledge of the Force!

All ages.

Victorian Home in Scandinavia
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

During a period of five years (1850-1855) large numbers of Norwegian immigrants registered and received land parcels to clear land for farming and build their homes.  These lands were to become known as the village of Scandinavia, Wisconsin on the South Branch of the Little Wolf River.  Imagine what it must have looked like in the 1850s, when there was only wilderness between Winchester and Scandinavia, Wisconsin.

Four of those 1850s land patent certificates along with family portraits are on display in the restored Victorian home of Jon and Linda Durrant in Scandinavia, WI.   Their home was built in 1893 by Norwegian immigrant John Olsen Wrolstad, a U.S. Civil War Veteran and owner a successful logging business and flour mill.  Second owners were Thomas and Maren Quien family who owned the house for 90 years.   

Third owners Jon and Linda Durrant invite you to tour their Victorian Wrolstad-Quien home at 255 Mill Street in Scandinavia, WI on Saturday and Sunday October 28 & 29 from 10:00a until 5:00p.  You'll enjoy the onsite craft show and the chili and dessert lunch served by the Scandinavia Public Library supporters.  Your $2 donation at the door benefits the Humane Society of Waupaca County and is the reason the Durrants host this event each year near the Halloween Weekend.

During the house tour you will see a full range of Queen Anne architecture.  Wrap around front porch, turned columns, bay windows, cutaways, corbels, and short spindles that look like spinning tops.  The house's faux bois woodwork was not only fashionable at the time, but considered lavish to have artisans paint woodwork to look like quarter sawn oak, walnut, and mahogany.  Windows and doors are decorated with Eastlake spoon carved flower blocks, fluted rails and stiles.  You'll see original pocket doors, fancy wood spandrels, etched glass doors featuring herons, and a stairway stained glass window filtering colorful lights on the foyer floor. 

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