Tidbits, Tips, & Tidings

About the Blog

Tidbits, Tips & Tidings is a blog from Library Director, Beth Carpenter. Tidbits will share info about library services, helpful tools & websites, answers to patron suggestions, tips & tricks on how to use different library resources, and more.

Fun Summer Science

Here's a random little tidbit for you, just in time for the July 4th weekend... We all enjoy grilling and enjoying the fabulous summer sun, but did you know you can cook outside with solar energy that won't require using gas or charcoal?

I recently ran across an article on how to build a solar-powered oven out of a pizza box. The article described how to make s'mores with simple materials you can (mostly) find around your house. Give it a try with your family over the long weekend, and post your results in the comments.

Think we should try this at the library? Maybe we will!

Poolside Page Turners

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Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy a good read by the pool or on the beach. After hunting around online, I found some great suggestions for page-turners that will keep you entertained on these sultry, sunny days we've been enjoying lately. See anything familiar? Or something new? Give one a try and suggest some of your own in the comments. 

Many of these titles are available as audiobooks, too - perfect for a summe road trip! Happy reading!

Kimberly Memory Project Videos

I am happy to announce the release of the Kimberly Memory Project Video Interviews collection!

Thanks to our awesome volunteer, Mary Lamers, the Kimberly Public Library is now the proud owner of 12 videos including interviews of Kimberly residents and slideshows of family photos. A search for Kimberly Memory Project in InfoSoup will bring up the list of available titles. People interviewed include:

There is also a wonderful video about Kimberly World War II veterans. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Memory Project by interviewing or being interviewed. We appreciate Mary's hard work and for our wonderful residents who were so willing to share their stories. A piece of our history has been preserved and is available for us all to check out, learn, and remember.

Bookish Opportunities

I love this quote from Albert Einstein:

And I'm a librarian, so of course I believe this to be true! :)

I'm writing this post during National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18) and am feeling grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the community, serving the needs of residents, and inspiring & supporting lifelong learning and the love of reading.

We are fortunate to be a part of the Fox Cities where many "bookish opportunities" are available throughout the year. April is always particularly thrilling as we welcome the celebration of the Fox Cities Book Festival and Fox Cities Reads. Both events bring high caliber authors to our neck of the woods and provide the chance for us to mingle with writers, to read and discuss, and to learn from those around us.

The Kimberly-Little Chute library will be hosting 6 authors at our locations. Be sure to check out who's coming and sit in on a presentation you find interesting. Then go further afield and check the schedule for all Festival events and visit other local venues to catch your favorite authors. There's something for everyone!

The 2015 Fox Cities Reads author, Christina Baker Kline, will also visit the Fox Cities during the Book Festival. The author of Orphan Train will be making several presentations during her visit. All programs are free and open to the public and are listed on the Reads website.

I hope you'll join in the fun and help us celebrate the love of the written word and those special people who bring us to worlds both real and imagined. 

Big Library Read

It's that time again! Time for a Big Library Read on Wisconsin's Digital Library. A Big Library Read means that unlimited copies of a specific e-book are made available for a period of time, so unlimited numbers of people can read the same book, discuss it, learn and grow.

The title available this time around is Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates. Here's the synopsis:

"Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before - supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars. Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years - a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life."

The e-book will be available for check-out March 17-31, 2015. Download a copy, tell your friends, and get together to discuss this remarkable book.