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March of the Bookmarks Winners

Carol Knapmiller, Youth Services, 4/04/19

The “March of the Bookmarks” contest has come to an end, and once again we were impressed with the level of participation in this annual program. Over 2100 bookmarks were collected at our five locations at La Crosse County Library from students grades K-12. Tasked with the near impossible job of narrowing a winner to one bookmark per grade, our panel of judges pored over the entries looking at creativity and originality for both the slogan and artwork. Drum roll, please. Our winners are:
K: Wilson McIlquham, Prairie View Elementary, Holmen
1st: Adelaide Renkas, Home School, Holmen
2nd: Louie Lorenz, Summit Elementary, La Crosse
3rd: Heidi Dulaney, Sand Lake Elementary, Holmen
4th: Julie McBride, Sand Lake Elementary, Holmen
5th: Carson Malay, Prairie View Elementary, Holmen
6th: Lydia Hartman, St. Patrick School, Onalaska
7th: Olivia Lechnir, Holmen Middle School, Holmen
8th: Coulee Christian School student, West Salem
9th: No entries
10th: Jordan VanDyken, Coulee Christian School, West Salem
11th: Ziyi Yang, Coulee Christian School, West Salem
12th (TIE): Lily Keeney, Coulee Christian School, West Salem and Lexi VanDyken, Coulee Christian School, West Salem

Our winners will receive a paperback book of their choice and a first place medal. Color copies of their bookmarks will be made available at all locations for patrons to enjoy. We would also like to acknowledge our 127 Honorable Mention winners, who did an amazing job. You can check out all of our bookmark entries on display through the end of April. Thank you to everyone who participated – and to parents and educators for helping to make sure this program is a success year after year.

Speaking of winners, walk into the library this month and you’re sure to see displays of the American Library Association’s 2019 Award Winning Books. There are awards in a variety of categories from illustrating and writing to translation. Each category selects the best of the best and adds a few honorable mentions on top. The winners, as well as those that receive honorable mention awards, cover a wide range of topics, peoples, and times. The Newbery Award winner was Merci Suarez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina. This coming-of-age tale is funny and full of wisdom. Or how about a book that recognizes the illustrations - The Caldecott Award. This award went to Sophie Blackall in Hello Lighthouse. It’s a beautiful book which will make you want to see a lighthouse in person. There were lots of books about animals that won awards, from the Theodor Seuss Geisel Beginning Reader Award book given to Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor to the Sibert Honor Book Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh. Or what about something historical? Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow. There were so many details in that book that I knew nothing about before reading this account. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly tells the story of black female mathematicians who worked during World War II for the aeronautics industry. They became “human computers” during a period of time when there was a huge labor shortage.

There are too many books and awards to mention here, but if you visit any one of our locations in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska, or West Salem you will see many of these books, as well as many more, that were chosen with you in mind. Come find a book to read today.


DIY for All Ages

Ruth Scholze, Holmen Staff 3/29/19

Spring brings the idea of creative energy for all ages. The idea of building a robot, a boat, a dollhouse, a garden, the list goes on and on. Engaging hands-on activities for all ages can build self-confidence, develop life skills, build imagination, create new friendships, and explore new ideas. The La Crosse County Library has Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) or DIY projects just a click (or read) away. Be ready for “show & tell” as you share your discoveries. The following bibliography can get you started on this new adventure.

Awesome LEGO creations with bricks you already have: 50 new robots, dragons, race cars, planes, wild animals and other exciting projects to build imaginative worlds / Sarah Dees, founder of Frugal Fun for Boys
Awesome obstacles: how to build your own skateboard ramps and ledges / Justin Hocking
Build your own beekeeping equipment / Tony Pisano
Build your own boats / by Rob Ives
Build your own fort, igloo, and other hangouts / by Tammy Enz
Build your own land vehicles / by Rob Ives
Build your own mini golf course, lemonade stand, and other things to do / by Tammy Enz
Build your own robots / by Rob Ives
Build your own rockets and planes / by Rob Ives
DIY aromatherapy: over 130 affordable essential oils blends for health, beauty, and home / foreword by Lea Harris
DIY artisanal soaps: make your own custom, handcrafted soaps / Alicia Grosso
DIY dollhouse: build and decorate a toy house using everyday materials / Alexia Henrion
DIY for your dog: toys, treats, and treasures to make / Rachelle Blondel
Landscaping: the DIY guide to planning, planting, and building a better yard /John Kelsey
The quick & easy home DIY manual / Matt Weber
Tumbleweed DIY book of backyard sheds & tiny houses: build your own guest cottage, writing studio, home office, craft workshop, or personal retreat / Jay Shafer; with the editors of Skills Institute Press
Wood pallet wonders: DIY projects for home, garden, holidays and more / Becky Lamb

Be sure to stop by a La Crosse County Library location in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska or West Salem, for more information about any of our services; for upcoming programming schedules, check out our website or Facebook page or call our Administrative Center in Holmen at 526-9600.

Inspiring Periodicals

Paula Martinmaki, Bangor Staff, 3/22/19

“Beware of attack waitress!”, “If you are grouchy, irritable or just plain mean, there will be a service charge for putting up with you.” These sayings are just part of the charm you will discover at Misty’s Menu in Wisconsin Rapids. Have you ever eaten “pie bread”? It’s a whole pie put into a loaf, just one of the specialties at Misty’s. In each issue of Our Wisconsin magazine a My Favorite Ma & Pa Restaurant is featured. Our son was attending UW Stevens Point and as Wisconsin Rapids was close, we decided to see if Misty’s was as good as the article said. It was! Another Ma & Pa recommendation was the Hideaway Brew Pub & Restaurant in Chaseburg. Road trip time and another great dining experience. Our Wisconsin magazine doesn’t just have restaurant reviews, it also has Field Editors in every county who write stories on what makes their counties special. With spectacular photographs and interesting articles and travel destinations this magazine is a must read.

If you are a dog enthusiast, Bark is the magazine for you. You will find a wide array of articles from dog-related injuries (hint –leashes), an expose on commercial sled dog operations to a story on volunteering opportunities at Headrock Dogs Rescue, in Thailand. I always look forward to reading the newest issue. I laugh, I learn, I sometimes shed a few tears and I always come away with a smile.

If you are looking for another feel good awe inspiring read, we have just the magazine for you, All Creatures. Homage to Mkhulu is a story about a herd of elephants who mourn the passing of the man who created an animal haven where they found a home. Reading stories about a boy with autism and a gorilla or a pet hedgehog who changed a family will definitely brighten your day.

Experience breathtaking beauty in striking photographs and read articles on traditional values in rural America in Country and Country Extra magazines.

Other unique magazines you can find here in Bangor are True West and Cowboys & Indians. “True West Magazine describes itself as covering icons like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid, and Jesse James and relates American Old West history back to the present day to show the role contemporary Western heritage plays in keeping the spirit of the Old West alive today.” Read about Steve McQueen and the history behind the best rodeo movie ever or find out what are the Top 10 True Western Towns of 2019. Cowboys & Indians magazine celebrates the life and style of the real West. If you’re a fan of westerns you can read about upcoming films and TV series. For instance in the April issue Woody Harrelson talks about his film The Highwaymen with Kevin Costner. In the January issue Chip Gaines talks about farm life, family, and the return to TV.

Gardening is just around the corner and you can find helpful tips in Grit, Wisconsin Gardening, Garden Gate and Mary Jane’s Farm. Family Handyman has plans for raised garden beds. Looking to mix up mealtime? Allrecipes, Taste of Home, Clean Eating, Weight Watchers and Cooking Light will help you whip up a new concoction. Need to buy a new appliance; check out Consumer Reports.

We strive to find and carry unique and relevant periodicals that will teach, inspire, inform and entertain. You can check out these magazines and many others here in Bangor or any other Lacrosse County Library location in Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska, West Salem. Or go to our website and browse our catalog from your comfy chair.


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