Monday, March 31, 2008

Library Book Club

The Library Book Club will be meeting Wednesday, April 30th to discuss the book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Below is a short book review.

Jacob Jankowski says: "I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other." At the beginning of Water for Elephants, he is living out his days in a nursing home, hating every second of it. His life wasn't always like this, however, because Jacob ran away and joined the circus when he was twenty-one. It wasn't a romantic, carefree decision, to be sure. His parents were killed in an auto accident one week before he was to sit for his veterinary medicine exams at Cornell. He buried his parents, learned that they left him nothing because they had mortgaged everything to pay his tuition, returned to school, went to the exams, and didn't write a single word. He walked out without completing the test and wound up on a circus train. The circus he joins, in Depression-era America, is second-rate at best. With Ringling Brothers as the standard, Benzini Brothers is far down the scale and pale by comparison.

Come join us for a fascinating discussion!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Monday Night at the Movies

Come Join the Fun!

Bring your whole family for our Family Flicks!

March 31

Bee Movie


April 28

Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

Popcorn and soda will be served, too.

The movies begin at 6:00 PM.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Teen Gamers Come Play!

Wii Super Mario Brothers Brawl

Saturday, April 26th

10:30 - 2:30

For ages 12 and older

You must register to play!

you can come to watch without registering.

Friday, March 14, 2008

St. Patty's Day Gold

St. Patricks Day for kids and teachers

St. Patricks Day Kids

Amazon Mom's

Potato Soup


6 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups chicken broth or bouillon
2 teaspoons thyme
1- 16 oz. container sour cream
1 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Place potatoes, onion, broth and thyme into a 5-quart pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

2. Melt butter in a medium size saucepan. Stir in flour with a whisk or wooden spoon to make a smooth paste.

3. Add milk, a little at a time, stirring to make the mixture smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add to the potato mixture.

4. Stir in sour cream.

5. Heat thoroughly and serve.

Microwave Grasshopper Pie


9 inch Crumb Pie Shell
1 pkg (10 oz) large marshmallows
1/2 cup milk
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
1/4 cup green crème de menthe
2 tablespoons white crème de cocoa
Additional whipped cream
Chocolate curls


Quick and easy microwave recipe!
1. In 3-quart casserole place marshmallows and milk. Cover and microwave on high for 2 to 4 minutes, until mixture can be stirred smooth. Chill in refrigerator (about 30-40 minutes) or in pan of ice water, until thickened, stirring occasionally.

2. Fold in whipped cream, crème de menthe, and crème de cocoa.

3. Pour into crust and decorate with additional whipped cream and chocolate curls, if desired. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Makes 1 (9-in) pie

Serving note: This pie is soft and creamy when served from refrigerator. For firm pieces which hold sharp cut, serve frozen. Frozen pie releases easily from bottom of pie plate if set a few minutes on towel dampened with hot water.

Recipes from the General Electric Company Newsletter

Spring Break Activities @ the Library

Spring Flick


Join us for a spring break movie!

A classic Disney fairytale lands in modern-day New York City
when a storybook princess is thrust into present day
Manhattan by an evil queen. Her prince follows after to
rescue her but her journey causes her to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer.

Tuesday, March 25 at 1:00 PM, No Rigistration required


Teen Gaming

Thursday, March 27th - 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Ages 12 and up

Call the library at 262-534-3988, Registration is required

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Oprah Book Club

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, To join the group, you must first have a working email address and join the online Oprah Book club. Contnue at the site to sign-up for the local book club that will be meeting here at WPL - Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. To request local membership - click on Talk with Others, then Reading Groups. Listed under the zip code of 53105 is the group that will be gathering at WPL in the Library Meeting Room. the name of that group is Burlington Book Breath Club group lieader will email you to confirm your spot. It's that simple!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Testing their medal: The best children’s books of the year crossed this Waterford librarian’s desk in her time on the Caldecott Medal selection commit

As soon as Rhonda Puntney finished reading “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” by Brian Selznick, she knew she had to read it again. The 500-plus page book — with its suspenseful story and cinema-inspired illustrations — was just that good.Selznick’s book is so impressive, in fact, that it was named the 2008 Caldecott Medal winner in January. And Puntney, a librarian with the Lakeshores Library System in Waterford, had a hand (or, more accurately, an eye) in that decision. Puntney, who is the youth services and special needs consultant with the Lakeshores system, was one of 15 people nationwide who served as the 2008 Caldecott Committee, Together, they decided which children’s picture book received this year’s prestigious medal, as well as the four Caldecott Honors awards, the runners-up to the medal winner.As a member of that committee, Puntney read close to 800 picture books in a year’s time, making notes, prioritizing lists and meeting with the rest of the committee for discussion, as she went along. While such tasks were a pleasure for Puntney, who has loved children’s literature throughout her life, the yearlong process was also very serious and time-consuming work.“I found myself evaluating books in my sleep,” said Puntney, whose office in the Waterford Public Library building is brimming with stacks of books and colorful characters. “I kept a notebook by my bed so I could write down thoughts that came to me in the night. I didn’t want to forget anything.”
Lifetime opportunityPuntney, who has worked with the Lakeshores Library System since January 2000, said she was surprised and thrilled to get the phone call from the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association), asking her to serve on the Caldecott Committee. She and six other committee members were appointed to the task by the president of the ALSC, whichadministers the Caldecott Medal.
In addition to those who are appointed, seven other members, plus the chair of the committee (for a total of eight), are elected by the general membership of the ALSC, explained Diane Foote, the ALSC’s executive director.It is a job that some committee members through the years have described as the highlight of their career, Foote said. It is also one that the ALSC obviously thought Puntney would do well.“Rhonda’s done great things for ALSC and it has been an honor to work with her,” Foote said.In addition to her experience as a librarian, Puntney brought her background in art with her to the committee, having earned her undergraduate degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the classes she took during that time — illustration in children’s literature — made her realize how much she enjoyed picture books and eventually she returned to UW-Madison to get her master’s degree in library science.Those things, coupled with her lifelong love of reading (“I was the librarian’s best friend all through school”) seem to make her a perfect candidate for choosing winners of the Caldecott Medal — an award given each year to the artist who has created “the most distinguished picture book” in the nation, named in honor of the nineteenth century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott.Picture book partnersHer time on the Caldecott Committee not only allowed Puntney to study hundreds of wonderful new picture books, but to travel to places ranging from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and to meet and share her passions with other children’s literature enthusiasts from all over the country. One of the highlights of the year, she said, was attending the midwinter meeting of the American Library Association, at which the winner of the Caldecott, as well as the Newbery and other children’s literature awards, were announced. A couple thousand people attended the event, which took place in Philadelphia, she said.“It was like being at the Academy Awards,” Puntney said. “The crowd just went crazy when they announced that Selznick was the winner.”What makes “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” such an exciting read?“It’s the whole package,” Puntney said about the book, which tells the story of a young orphan named Hugo who lives in the walls of a train station, where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father.Selznick really stepped outside the box in his presentation of the illustrations and text in this book, she explained.“The way the book is put together is very cinematic,” Puntney said. “The page turns are perfect.”When considering a book for the Caldecott Medal, committee members look at everything from the book jacket to the end papers to how consistently the colors are printed, Puntney explained.“We looked at whether or not the illustrations fit the text; the drawing style; how the colors blend together; and how the story flows from page to page and illustration to illustration,” she said. “You have to look at the entire package.”All of that adds up to a lot of hours of reading and evaluating ‑ which Puntney said she devoted some part of every day to for a year. Every minute of that time was worth it, she said.“I thoroughly enjoyed it.”Enough to do it again if she was given the opportunity?“I’d love to,” she said.

Article By LEE B. ROBERTS Journal Times
Monday, March 10, 2008 12:25 PM CDT

Friday, March 7, 2008

Family Story Time

Bring the entire family for stories, songs, and family fun on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. This month features "Hoppin Away", March 11th.

Guest speaker and author Jeanette Adams will introduce us to some of the rabbits that inspired her book series Tales from Within the Rabbitry.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

A special invitation to you!

Join the Friends!

The Friends of the Waterford Public Library are donors and volunteers who support the development of library services and programs in the Waterford area community. We do this by collecting annual membership fees, helping library staff with various projects and planning special fund-raising events.

And we also manage the Friends shop located in the library.

Proceeds from all of these efforts are used to supplement the library's annual operating budget.

When you join The Friends of Waterford Public Library at a level of $25 or more, your name will be placed on a bookplate inside the cover of a new book recognizing you as a 2008 Library Friend.

Throughout this next year, the Friends of WPL will be adding a new members and reorganizing our fundraising efforts. As always, it will continue to be our mission to enhance Waterford Public Library collections and programs. We will be looking for fun and creative new ways to do that. If you are willing to participate in this worthy cause, please join us today by simply filling out the membership form below and paying your annual membership fee.

Bernie Kelly
Friends of Waterford Public Library

To donate, click on this link Friends and turn in the completed form at the library or mail to:
Friends of Waterford Public Library, 101 N River St., Waterford, WI 53185
Checks should be make payable to: Friends of Waterford Public Library

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Guitar Hero III is Here!

TEENS! Come play....

"Guitar Hero"

Be the first to try it on our big screen
w/ surround sound during Spring Break.
Thursday, March 27th
1:00 to 5:00 pm
Ages 12 and up
Call 262-534-3988
Registration is required
For more information contact Tricia at

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Banana CD scratch remover

What you’ll need:
A banana
A banana peel
Some glass cleaner

Take a CD / DVD that has smudges and minor scratches on it. Using a circular motion, apply a freshly cut banana to it. Next, wipe it down with the banana peel. The wax from the peel will help polish and further clean the disk.

Take a clean cotton cloth and wipe the entire surface of the CD / DVD. Be sure to apply moderate pressure while moving in a circular motion. This should be done for around 3 to 4 minutes.

Finally, spray the disc with glass cleaner and wipe it clean.

Voilà! Your scratched CD or DVD should now look like new! Please note that this trick will also help you repair scratched PS2 and Xbox CD’s and DVD’s.

Email from MWFLS - 2007

Introduction to Genealogy

9:30 - 11:30 AM. Each Saturday morning session will cover a different aspect of genealogical research. Choose to attend as many as you like!

April 5: Review of Beginning Genealogy
April 12: Resources within 100 miles
April 19: Organizing information, saving & retrieving, including how to
organize without a computer
April 26: Surname searches and Internet searching

Sessions are limited to 20 people and will be held at Burlington Public Library (basement level meeting room), corner of Pine and Jefferson Sts., Burlington, WI.
Instructors are all experienced genealogists who have spent many years researching their own family genealogies.

The total cost for all four Saturdays in April is $15 for Burlington Genealogical Society members, $20 for non-members. Fees include a Beginner’s kit and syllabus.

For more information, please contact Dave Nelson at (262) 534-6590, e-mail or Sharon Worm at (262) 637-4108, e-mail,