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NEA Big Read: 2020 Fox Cities Reads Selection

The NEA Big Read: 2020 Fox Cities Reads title is The Late Homecomer by Kao Kalia Yang. Kao Kalia Yang was born in a Hmong refugee camp in Thailand and moved when she was six with her family to St. Paul, Minnesota, home to the largest concentration of Hmong in the country. They began their life in the U.S. living on welfare in public housing until her parents took on multiple jobs to feed their family. To fill her time, especially during the long winters and because she couldn't afford to attend movies or concerts, Yang would read. While she loved books like the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Yang recalls asking the librarian for books about people like her. "She gave me a book about the Chinese, the Japanese, the Vietnamese, but she couldn't give me a book about Hmong kids." That was one of her first callings to write, which was easier for her than speaking English. Yang will be speaking in the Fox Cities April 16 & 17, 2020. Click here for more information on Kao Kalia Yang and the Fox Cities Book Festival.  

True Crime Club

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Are you a Forensics Files-o-phile? A Murderino? A cold case armchair detective? If you've got a morbid curiosity for crime, you've found the right club. Each month we'll pick a crime to research and discuss, and share our favorite books, documentaries, and podcasts.   Ages 18+ 

Art After School

Art After School is now part of our Teen Tuesday programming. It will be held in the conference room once a month. Class designed for students in grades 6 and up. Sign up at the front desk starting two weeks before each event.

September 10 - Beginning Painting - Registration begins 8/27.

October 1 - Beginning Watercolor - Registration begins 9/17.

November 12 - Colored Pencil Drawing - Registration begins 10/29.

December 10 - Oil Pastel Poinsettia - Registration begins 11/26.

Upcoming
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Experiencing Art for Adults

If you have never experienced the joy of painting or drawing in a group, this is the perfect chance. This program offers beginners a guided opportunity to create an artistic piece without having to purchase any materials. The library will provide what is needed for each work of art we introduce. Class is open to adults. It will be held in the conference room once a month. Sign up at the front desk starting two weeks before each event.

September 10 - Beginning Painting - Registration begins 8/27.

October 1 - Beginning Watercolor - Registration begins 9/17.

November 12 - Colored Pencil Drawing - Registration begins 10/29.

December 10 - Oil Pastel Poinsettia - Registration begins 11/26.

Upcoming
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Teen Book Club

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Come read some fantastic YA fiction, discuss it with friends, vote on your favorites, and help make sure the library is stocking your favorite titles and authors!  We'll choose books as a group and have a seasonal party to celebrate our Reader's Choice Award winner. There will be snacks!

The votes are in!  November discussion:  Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl

December discussion:  Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

January discussion:  Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

Rhythm & Rhymes Musical Storytime

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm

This 30 minute musical storytime is perfect for your preschooler. Enjoy stories set to music, play musical instruments, and more!

Registration is required for each child ages 3-5 attending. Registration begins on the date listed for each class:

October 9 - registration begins 9/25

November 13 - registration begins 10/30

December 11 - registration begins 11/27