Discussing the “Orphan Train”

The Crandon Public Library book club will meet on Thursday, March 12th at 2:00 p.m. in the lower level of the library.  The group will be discussing the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Copies of the book are now available at the Front Desk.  We also have this book on audio cd.

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?


Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.



Matinee Mondays : Women in Film

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the Crandon Public Library will be offering “Women in Film” a film series each Monday in March at 2:00 p.m. in the lower level of the library.  The film will be shown on our big screen and is free of charge.  Refreshments will be provided.

Monday, March 2nd: “A League of Their Own” featuring Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell.  The film is rated PG.

Monday, March 9th:  “North County” starring Charlize Theron.  “All She Wanted Was To Make A Living. Instead She Made History.”  A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States — Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.  This film is Rated R for sequences involving sexual harassment including violence and dialogue, and for language.

Monday, March 16th:  “Amelia Earhart: Queen of the Air”  A look at this groundbreaking aviator and her mysterious disappearance during her 1937 flight around the world, through interviews, newly discovered evidence, and extensive archival footage.

Monday, March 23rd:  “Mona Lisa Smile” starring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles.  A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles. This film is Rated PG-13 for sexual content and thematic issues

Monday, March 30th:  “Soul Surfer” starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt.
13 year-old Bethany Hamilton is a champion surfer who was born to be in the water. But after a fun night out night surfing and what should be a fun day in the water, she is attacked by a shark and loses her arm. Rushed to the hospital, she remains calm, and maintains her faith in God. Now she has to re-learn how to do everything with only one arm – including how to surf. It will take her friends, family, and her Christian faith to get her back into the water, but if that is where she is meant to be, she will find a way to get there.  This film is rated PG for an intense accident sequence and some thematic material.

Weekly Trivia Update

Congratulations to Marissa Tupper.  She is this week’s “Random Acts of Knowledge Trivia Contest” winner. Marissa has won $5.00 in Forest County Chamber bucks!

The question of the week for February 16, 2015 is:

What year was the grand opening of The Hotel Crandon?

To enter the contest, you must correctly answer the weekly question and submit your answer at the front desk.  Limit one submission per individual per question per week. Weekly winners will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible entries that contain the correct answer. We will announce the weekly winner the following Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Camp Fire USA Babysitting Class @ Your Library

Camp Fire USA Oneida Council is offering a baby-sitting course for boys and girls who are interested or already participating in baby-sitting for young children. The “I’m Taking Care” baby-sitting course offers professional procedures in emergencies, responsibilities and parenting skills,  The lass shows kids how to prevent panic, use safety in the home, and have fun with the children they are babysitting.

The date for the class is Saturday, March 7th at the Crandon Public Library from 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The cost is $30 per student and includes a workbook and lunch.  Registration, signed waiver and the $30 fee are due at the time of registration.  Parents may register their children at the front desk of the library during our regular business hours.  Enrollment is limited so please register as soon as possible.

You may download the registration form here.




They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover —

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the library will be holding a month long event called “Blind Date With a Book”. A selection of books have been wrapped in paper to conceal the book title and patrons are encouraged  to select a book based on the clues written on the outside of the book.

Often, readers stick to one genre, or a particular author. By selecting a “blind date”, patrons will have the chance to try something completely different, and possibly find a new favorite.

This event will be run the entire month of February, so be sure to stop in the library and get your “blind date” book!

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