Library receives national recognition!

The Crandon Public Library has received national recognition for its recent health initiatives, including its participation in the Forest County Ties That Bind Us color run and its partnership with the Forest County Health Department’s Couch-to-5k Kickstart promotion.  The recognitions comes in the form of an article published in the October 1, 2016 edition of Library Journal.  The article is titled “The Library is In : innovative public libraries help patrons not just find reliable wellness information but connect to health aid when they need it” and is part of the issue’s cover article.   The article explains that the Crandon Public Library first began expanding its health programming in 2011, when Library Director Michelle Gobert was “invited to participate in the Forest County Health Department’s five-year strategic planning session”.   The article highlights the Health Happens in Libraries grant that was awarded in 2015 and features photos of the Iron Chef event held at the School District of Crandon as well as photos from the 2016 Ties That Bind Us Colors of Cancer run.

The Library staff and Board of Directors is extremely proud of this national recognition.  Library Journal’s readership includes “professionals from public, academic, research, and institutional libraries from the United States, and around the world, as well as publishers and vendors with an interest in serving libraries and their patrons.”  According to the Library Journal website, it currently has 12,000+ subscribers.

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Family History Friday

Join us on Friday, September 9th at 2:00 p.m. for Family History Friday. This Friday we will be discussing military records and will be accessing a webinar titled “World War I Military Records” presented by Russell Horton for the Wisconsin Genealogical Society. We will also be discussing upcoming plans for October’s Family History month celebration. This group is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Children’s Tot Time begins September 7th

Attention parents, grandparents and caregivers.

Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Miss Tondra each Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for Tot Time.  Tot Time is a weekly program featuring music, stories and play and is designed for toddler and preschool aged children.  Tot time is free and open to all Forest county residents and visitors to the area.  Questions?  Please call the library at 478-3784.

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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  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.

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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.