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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an easy, do it yourself program that is designed to get families reading to their children from infancy on. Read to your child every day and before you know it you will have read 1000 books – or more! 1 book per day for three years is 1,095 books! 2 books per day takes about 1.5 years! Read more »


Adult Book Club

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The SML Book Club's next pick is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. This is a novel that explores the issue of a life worth living against impossible odds. It is also a bit of a modern day Pygmalion. Louisa and Will meet under extraordinary circumstances, and if their lives had followed a normal course would not have met at all. Read more »


Friday, February 20, 2015 - 9:30am - 10:30am

The Library's next 3Bs program will be Friday February 20, 2015 from 9:30 to 10:30am. Get your Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar checked and then have some breakfast. This program is free and open to anyone 18 and older. Remember 3Bs-3rd Friday. This program is courtesy of the Library and the Manawa Community Nursing Center.

Story Time @ the Library

Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5 on Thursdays at 10:30 am ~ no registration required.

Story Hour is scheduled for most Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. in October, November, January, February, April, May, July and August and is held in the meeting room at the library.

Contact the library @ 920-596-2252 for details.

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Babygarten @ the Library

Babygarten @ the LibraryBabygarten™ is much more than a playgroup!

Infants and children under 2-years of age and their caregivers will share nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, bounces and books. The session always concludes with a free play period. Call the library for details at 920-596-2252. Read more »

On the Waterfront

Biblio Bingo 2015


It's snowing outside so we know winter is far from over but the Library has a way you can beat those winter blues. Come on in and sign up for the adult reading program Biblio Bingo. The program runs for eight weeks and in that time participants must read at least four books from four different categories on a bingo card. Those who get a Bingo get to pick out a small prize and enter a drawing for prize baskets but more about that later.

Everyone who participates in this program will tell you that they don't do it for the prizes. They do it for the reading - they do it because it introduces them to new authors, genres and subjects. They participate because all of the categories and booklists are generated by staff and are books that we have in the Library. (Each year we do purchase a few new books for the categories and this makes the overall collection stronger). A library's identity is wrapped up solidly in the books that live on the shelves and it's a give and take relationship between the books and readers. This program breathes new life into some of those books and makes them near and dear once again.

The next few blog posts will highlight each of the categories for this year's Biblio Bingo - how we came up with the names and some of the books that made it on to the lists. We truly have fun creating this program from scratch every year and if you will allow us a small pat on the back, sometimes we consider ourselves quite clever for some of the names we give the categories. The categories highlighted in this post are GREAT LAKES and MEADOW MUFFINS & GUNPOWDER. Read more »