On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!

This year’s summer reading program, On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! is a Forest County-wide collaboration between the Crandon, Laona, Wabeno and Forest County Potawatomi public libraries.  Thanks to a generous donation by the Forest County Ties That Bind Us, each of the four libraries will be offering a county-wide summer reading program for all ages. The program encourages all of us to read and stay active this summer. In fact, the four libraries challenge Forest County residents to read a marathon number of minutes, a total of 26,200 minutes, this summer!

 “We’re excited to invite all residents across the county to join our community of readers in Forest County,” said Michelle Gobert, Director of the Crandon Library. Weekly children’s events include super summer story hour at each of the four libraries and the Library BINGO challenge that celebrates reading, getting outdoors and exercising.

There’s also a scientifically proven benefit to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. “Studies indicate that students who read recreationally outperform those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” Michelle Gobert added. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families, and we love taking the opportunity to make it fun, too.”

Summer reading events are listed on the Forest County Library website at www.readforestcounty.org.  Additional information can also be found at each of the four public libraries. Super Summer Story Hour will be held Mondays at 10:00 a.m. at the Forest County Potawatomi Library/Cultural Center, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Edith Evans Community Library in Laona, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Crandon Public Library and Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. at the Wabeno Public Library.  The kickoff event Attendance is open to all Forest county residents and visitors to the area.  Activities are planned for children ages preschool – fifth grade and registration is not required.

For more information call your local library or visit www.readforestcounty.org.

Interested in the game of Pickleball?

Interested in learning about the game of Pickleball?  The Crandon Public Library will be hosting an informal get-together on Thursday, July 7th at 6:30 p.m. for residents and visitors to the area interested in playing pickle ball this summer.  What is pickleball?  Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all levels.   The Forest County Health Department will offer Pickleball equipment for loan to those interested in participating.  For more information, please attend on July 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Pint Sized Polkas and Fun @ Your Library

It’s no secret that polka music is the happiest form of music on the face of the earth!  Children of all ages are invited to the Crandon Public Library on Tuesday, July 5th at 6:00 p.m. to discover the good, clean fun of Wisconsin polka music.  Children’s polka musician Mike Schneider (a.k.a. Uncle Mike) from Milwaukee, WI will be performing his Pint Size Polkas program as part of our Summer Reading program. Audience participation is encouraged through numerous sing-along and volunteer opportunities, including the “Chicken Dance.”   No registration is required and this program is for all ages.



Booking Ahead Titles for July

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Check out these HOT new titles coming to the Crandon Public Library in July.

Add you name to the list today by logging into your account.  Or Call us at 478.3784 or email us @ info@crandonpl.org


Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo
Killer Look by Linda Fairstein
Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder
Deadly Fate by Heather Graham
Falling by Jane Green
Night and Day by Iris Johansen
Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Someone Always Knows by Marcia Muller
White Bone by Ridley Pearson
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Little Girl Gone by Gerry Schmitt
The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
The Second Half by Lauraine Snelling
Magic by Danielle Steel

Local History Writing Contest

The Crandon Public Library is currently holding a Forest County Local History Writing Contest in collaboration with the Forest County Department on Aging.  The contest is designed to encourage current residents, or those with a Forest County family history connection, to share their family stories in a narrative format. Submissions may be either a family history or a personal history about life in Forest County.  The contest is open to all ages and to residents and visitors alike.

The rules are simple: Write 1 to 5 pages about one of your Forest County ancestors and/or families. How did they come to Forest County? Where did they live? What did they do? Where did their children and grandchildren end up? How did larger events in Wisconsin’s history affect their lives? Make the story as engaging and interesting as possible but please stick to the facts so that we all can learn a little bit of our County’s history from this project.  Entries will be judged on style, their originality, appeal, and writing style. Writers are encouraged, but not required to, utilize the local history resources available in the local history room of the Crandon Public Library.

Entries will be accepted June 1, 2016 through July 15, 2016. A panel of readers will judge the submissions and award cash prizes for First ($125), Second ($75), and Third place ($50). Winners will be announced by August 15, 2016.

All entries will be added to the Local History collection of the Crandon Public Library so community members may read and enjoy them. All entries become property of the Crandon Public Library. Entries, or a portion of some entries, may be included in the Forest County Department on Aging’s Heritage Cookbook published in the fall of 2016. Winners will be notified by telephone, and a list of winners will also be posted in the Library after September 1, 2016.

Each contestant should submit an entry form and her/his story to the Crandon Public Library (110 W. Polk Street, Crandon, WI  54520); and all entries, whether delivered in person or by mail, must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, July 15, 2016.  Entry forms may be requested via phone, mail or may be downloaded on our website at www.crandonpl.org/history.
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