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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, April 1, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The SML Book Club's next pick is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. The book discussion will take place on Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the Library's meeting room. Everyone is welcome. You can place a hold  here  or call the Library at 920-596-2252 to have us place a hold for you. This book is the story of Bruno, the son of Nazi officer who moves with his family to a place called "Out-With". 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 Time 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 »

Biblio Bingo 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015 (All day)

Bingo! Biblio Bingo 2015 is here!

This popular adult reading program runs January 26-March 21st. Anyone 16 years and up can play. Read books from categories that your friendly library staff have been thinking up all through the year. If you get "Bingo" (reading four books) you can pick out a small prize and enter a drawing for prize baskets. Sign up any time during the program but the sooner you sign up the longer you have to read your books. Call 920-596-2252 for more info.

Lego Club

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Join us for Creativity and imagination in action! Work individually or in teams to create this month's challenge. We will have a new theme every month that will be revealed at the program. Please do not bring your own legos. This program is for ages 7-12. Call the library for details at (920)596-2252.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Bash

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

It’s a Birthday Bash for Dr. Seuss and His Famous Cat!

In celebration of Read Across America, award-winning children’s performers Fox and Branch are scheduled to appear in concert at the Sturm Memorial Library. There will be one show on Monday March 2, 2015 at 3:30pm.  This free concert promises to be a fun family event for all ages. Come prepared to sing, laugh, and maybe even dance. Read more »

On the Waterfront

More Bingo Categories

The cold is making us all feel like we have a case of the shivers and cabin fever combined. Much as we grouse about the weather this time of year we do enjoy one of the benefits of it - adults making time to read. We are in the fourth week of Biblio Bingo and the good times continue to roll. We're still signing people up, enticing them with the great looking prize baskets that are on display. We have sixty four people signed up and while that is not a record, it's pretty close. There are still four weeks left in the program - four weeks to read four books - easy peasy - so come on in and sign up and get your name in the drawing for a prize basket.

The Bingo categories highlighted this week are SML Book Club Pick, Wisconsin 2014 and Thinks Like a Human/Acts Like a Human

The Library's Book Club has been meeting for at least 15 years. We've seen members come and go and that's the way it usually goes with book discussion groups but we're proud of the staying power the group has had and of the books we've decided to read. We take turns suggesting books for the group so we get a wide variety of books read and through the years we're figuring out what kinds of books make for the best discussions. We include our book picks in Biblio Bingo every few years as a way to bring the program to the attention of others and hopefully persuade those playing Biblio Bingo to join the book club. The titles in this list include The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro, Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury and Geek Love by Katharine Dunn. (this latter title really inspired a great discussion) The book club will be meeting next on Wednesday April 1st (no fooling!) and we'll be discussing The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. Please let us know if you want us to order the book for you so you can come to the discussion. Read more »