Friday, October 10, 2014

Books to Movies

Everyone may know that Gone Girl was just recently released in the theaters, but did you know that these books will soon be gracing the big screen?

Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Scheduled Release Date: 2017

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Scheduled Release Date: January 29, 2016

Inferno by Dan Brown
Scheduled Release Date: December 18, 2015

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Scheduled Release Date: April 10, 2015

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Scheduled Release Date: August 21, 2015

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October is Movie Month!

In case you haven't noticed around the library, October is Movie Month! Check out the pillar for movie trivia and see if you can guess the movie based on the unusual summary! (I'll admit, a few of them threw me for a loop...)

We're hosting movie nights on Fridays starting at 6 PM sharp! See the library for titles!

You can also check our Pinterest Board where we're pinning some of our favorite movies, film memes, and trivia! 

Also happening this month:

3rd Annual Short Story Contest

October 8th: 4 PM: So You Want to Write a Novel? (Get pepped for NaNoWriMo!)

October 14th: 6 PM: Friends of the Library Meeting (Prep for the Fall Bazaar/Book sale!)

October 31st: 5 PM - 7 PM: Trick Or Treating in Augusta  (Stop in starting at 4, at the library, for treats and more!)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2nd Annual Fall Craft (and Book!) Sale!

The Friends of the Augusta Memorial Public Library will be hosting their 2nd Annual Fall Bazar and Craft Sale on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9am - 3pm at the Main Street Gym.

This year they are not only hosting an array of crafters, artist, and vendors, but they will be having a book sale, of which all proceeds to go the library. The Augusta FCCLA will be selling baked goods, and there will also be Zumba demos throughout the day --a little bit of something for everyone!

If anyone is interested in a table, costs and details are as follows:

$25 (plus an item for the door prizes). for approx. 10x10 space.
Must bring your own tables.

For more info contact Dawn Johnson at , call 715-286-5681 , or text 715-533-3420.

Keep an eye out for reminder flyers, closer to the event.

Something's different here...

We tend to like change, here in the library. New books, shifting things around, making our small space adapt to the expansion of our collection...

So, you may notice when you come in that the DVD shelves look a little empty. Did we delete half our collection? --No way!

We made some minor adjustments in the Kid's area, namely moving our boardbook collection to the new lazy-susan style shelf, and then shifting the Easy Readers and Book-and-CD collection to make room for the Juvenile DVDs --so, if you're looking for Scooby-Doo, My Little Pony, Frozen, or any other family favorite: check just around the corner!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

It's Harvest Time!

The fall always brings two things: empty houses while the kids are back and school, and delicious fruits and veggies from the garden. Check out our Back-to-School displays if the kiddos seem to be needing extra help or catch-up in certain subjects --and then warm up your kitchen on those chilly fall days with some of the recipes we're featuring on the pillar display this month.

Cooks are also welcome to drop off recipes at the front desk to add to the collection, and we can always make you copies of dishes you think sound tasty.

Other business going around the library, we have three programs coming up.

Monday Sept. 8th, Erin LaFaive, Horticulture Educator from the UW-Extension Office, will be available to answer garden related questions at 1 PM, here in the library. Find out to best prep your garden for winter, or harvesting techniques. Whatever you need to know!

 Join us on Sept. 13th from 1-3 for our Reading Garden Open House. Check out Andy's hard work and see what your generous donations have been put to use for. Enjoy cookies and refreshments thanks to our Friends of the Library.

Our second program to look forward to this month is visiting speaker, Curt Strutz. Curt works with the investigating team of Paranormal Generation, who can be watched on YouTube. He visited us previously in 2012, and all attendees had a great time! We're very excited to have him back again.
Other programs to be looking forward to this fall:
  • Fall Storytime: Fridays @ 9:30 AM.
  • Halloween Family Storytime, October 3rd (Costumes welcome!)
  • So You Want to Write a Novel, October 8th @ 5 PM. (New and old WriMo's alike are welcome! Learn about National Novel Writing Month and how you can get involved)
  • NaNo Kick-Off Event, November 1st @ 11 AM. (Games starting at 1 PM, Scrabble, Once Upon a Time, and Gloom, prompts, word wars/sprints, and chat with Wisconsin:Elsehwere WriMos!)
  • NaNo Write-Ins, All November Wednesdays @ 4 PM
More programs are sure to be added, so keep an eye on our Calendar and on bulletin boards around town.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Catalog Interface!

As of August 26nd, you will notice a new look to the MORE catalog! It will be comparable to online-shopping on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. These are features that many have requested to make searching easier --but if you like the old version, don't worry because it's not going anywhere! You will simply want select the link"Classic Catalog" underneath the search bar.

Search results will now look something like this:

If you have any questions or would like a librarian to go through using the new catalog with you, stop into the library during regular open hours or give us a call.

Summer Reading Wrap Up

How much tape does it take to put up all of those decorations we have up during the summer?


And having made those big tape balls means one thing: Summer Reading is officually over for us here at AMPL. The walls look little bare and the whole library feels a little empty, but never fear! We will soon be back to feeling like our old selves!

Numbers felt a little low for programing this summer, but those who attended the weekly SRP programs in Tuesdays and the sporadic Teen programs had a lot of fun! Our weekly movies got a lot of attention, with over 20 people at our final movie of the season!

Everything wrapped up last Friday at Lake Eau Claire, we had a special guest presenter showing us various science experiments! Those who completed the required Reading Logs also received their free book, and attendees got their goodie bags for participating in the summer's events.

 Teens who returned reading logs also received a draw-string pack with items like a water bottle, candy, book marks, and a pen. Kelli H., for being our Top Reader received a free book and bookmarks for her reading endeavors.

And last but not least, adults who participated in the Carnival Cards weren't forgotten --everyone who turned in slips received either their choice of water bottle (which went quickly!) or a useable book bag.  Others also won their choice of puzzle book, and "grand prize" winners won a Gift Card to Gordy's!

All-in-all, we think it was a pretty successful summer! We're already really excited for next year's themes: Every Hero Has a Story (Children), Unmask! (Teens), and Escape the Ordinary (Adults). But don't wait that long to come in and see us! We'll be continuing our awesome programing this fall with our Reading Garden Open House on September 13th at 1 PM, and Curt Strutz of "Paranormal Generation" will be visiting us again soon! Check our Calendar (which, if you're seeing this on our webpage is slightly up and to the right) or ask at the front desk to see what programs we have coming up!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Solve a Crime at the Library

If you're a teenager and you love mysteries, come to the Who-Dun-It Mystery at the Augusta Public Library on July 31 at 3:30 p.m. You'll use your sleuthing skills and dust for fingerprints in order to find the culprit. 

Please contact Samma Johnson at or call the library at (715) 286-2070 if you'd like more information.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Popcorn and and a Movie Nights Are Coming Soon!

If your brain needs a rest from all that reading you've been doing, you might want to check out the Augusta Public Library's "Popcorn and a Movie" nights this summer. The first one will be on Thursday, July 10, starting at 6 p.m. There will be more each Thursday through August 14; all will take place in the library.

Please call the library at (715) 286-2070 or contact Samma Johnson at if you'd like more information.

Building Bridges at the Library (Literally)

If you're a teenager and you love building things, come to the library on July 17th for Truss Bridge Building.

Test your building skills and see how many pounds your bridge can hold. You'll not only gain personal satisfaction--you'll also gain a prize if your bridge holds the most.

Please call the library at (715) 286-2070 or contact Samma Johnson at if you would like more information.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Puppets at the Library!

What's better than a good story? A good story told with puppets!

You can come experience Corcoran Puppets' re-telling of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" at the library on Wednesday, July 2, at 2:00 p.m.

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. (Please note that parents or guardians must accompany small children.)

Please contact Cassie at or call us at (715) 286-2070 if you would like more information.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Great Day for Falconry!

Today at the library, we had three very special guests! My friend Chris Karraker and his wife MaryJo, as well Chris's Red-tailed Hawk, Mjolnir. I invited them to the library when I last saw them in April, to help me kick off our teen Summer Reading Program ("Spark a Reaction") --and Chris was really excited to come in and help me out!

Not everyone is pictured here, but we had a great turn out!

We also used today's programs a great way to use our new Reading Garden area. It was a good spot to get outside; and the weather was just right --not too windy, not too hot or cold, and just the right amount of overcast so that we weren't getting too much sun. The only issue we had with it being such a nice day was the amount of motorcycles and ATV's taking advantage of the nice weather, so it was a little noisy at times.

Chris, showing us his copy of My Side of the Mountain.

Chris started out by explaining how he first learned about Falconry, which is one of the oldest sports in the world. Falconry originated in about 2000 BC, in the Mesopotamia region. Chris learned of the sport when he was about 12, when he read Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain, and his interest was peaked! It wasn't until much later though that he began to seriously contemplate the undertaking of the sport. In order to become a falconer, you must find a Sponsor, pass a 105-question exam, and register with a few wildlife bodies, such as the DNR. Since Chris hunts in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, he is registered in both states.

After explaining some of the basics of what it takes to become a falconer, Chris walked us through the story of capturing his first bird --whom we would momentarily meet. Falconers can only catch immature birds, for several reasons, one of which being that they are not yet part of the breeding population. Chris showed us one of the traps, which would contain mice or gerbils. The bird will, when approaching, hopefully get caught in one of the thin wires --that, while probably annoying, won't actually hurt the bird. As an apprentice falconer, Chris is allowed to have one bird; either a Red-tailed Hawk or an American Kestrel. Once he moves on to a General Practioner level, there are other varieties that he will be able to work with. While teaching us about the traps, Chris was sure to remind us that --unless you are properly licensed, capturing wild birds of prey (and most animals!) is extremely illegal, so don't try this at home without proper permits!
Chris showed us one of the wire-built traps, and how it works to catch birds.

Mjolnir is out of the Giant Hood!

Chris then took Mjolnir out of his "Giant Hood", the large brown box that he travels in. Chris also had him in his regular hood, so that he wouldn't be startled by the crowd when he took him out. Normally, he wouldn't wear the hood in the box. He also explained how after first capturing Mjolnir, he put on some essential equipment like several bands and a bell. Mjolnir also wears a backback, on which clips a tracker so if he were to ever get lost, Chris would hopefully be able to find him --something that Chris had to put to good use on Christmas Eve when Mjolnir decided to cozy down into a hollowed out tree with his prey!

Chris invited several of the audience members to pet Mjolnir, who stayed nice and calm with his hood on. When asked if he could release him to see him in flight, Chris explained that because Mjolnir was molting, that he was keeping his weight on the heavy side --which makes birds tend to be a little on the lazy side, so it wasn't a good idea to try and fly him. He may not come back if his belly is full!

Chris told us a little about hunting with birds; Mjolnir tends to go after primarily squirrels and rabbits. He looks forward to hunting with him for another season before he releases him next spring. Falconry is actually very good for birds, because it ensures that a bird will reach adulthood and enter into a future breeding population, should the bird be released later. Some Falconers continue to use the same bird for many years --one Falconer used his bird for 28 seasons!

Later on, Brody asked "Where are his eyes", so Chris took it as the chance to take off the hood! Mjolnir didn't seem too surprised about the large group that he was in front of --and he's a photogenic little bird! He did get a little antsy later on, and Chris put the hood back on him for more closer photos with some of the kids afterwards. A few lucky people that strayed behind to chat with Chris and MaryJo got to hold Mjolnir --a totally unexpected treat!

Totally unexpected! Chris offered to let me hold Mjolnir! It was pretty awesome --not sure how I can top it in the future!

 These pictures and others are posted on the Facebook page! A HUGE thank you goes out to Chris and MaryJo for coming all the way out to us today. The program was great and I think everyone learned a little something new! We hope to have them back in the future!

If you're curious about Falconry yourself, Chris highly recommended reading My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George; the book that got him interested in the sport. In Wisconsin, you can pursue becoming a falconer at 14, and he had other titles he might recommend to a beginning falconer to study such as The Falconer Apprentice by William C. Oakes. If you have any questions for Chris, feel free to contact me at or drop into the library and I'll pass the questions along!

Shayla looks really jealous of her older brother! But the whole family had a lot of fun chatting with Chris and MaryJo after the program --and you can tell that Miah felt his LONG wait for the program was well worth it!

Mjolnir wasn't sure how he felt about being passed around and Brody and Kelly got a face-first experience of how powerful those wings can really be!

But, Once he calmed down and adjusted a bit, Brody got a great photo too!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Club: Dear Life by Alice Munro

For May, the book club read Alice Munro's memoir style short-stories, anthologized in Dear Life. While I didn't sit in on the conversation personally, everyone seemed to walk away from it having had a decent conversation --but apparently no one liked it!

Duke A. said, after I asked whether it was a hit-or-miss, "No one really liked it, but Ruth and I liked the style." He also noted that no one was a big fan of the short story genre as a whole. Other members noted that it was hard to get into, even as an audiobook.

Hopefully June's book, Louise Erdrich's The Round House, will resonate better. If you're interested in checking out the book club, they meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month, in the library! You can order the books yourself through the MORE catalog or by calling the library during our regular opening hours. If you're interested in becoming a regular member, ask about being added to our member list, and we'll put the books on hold for you in advance!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer is Finally Here!

...Or, at least it's really starting to feel and look like it around the library!

Hello! My name is Stanley!

Fizz! Boom! READ!

Even Beaker and Professor Honeydew are hanging out with us this summer!

Teen's can "Spark a Reaction" this summer with their own programing planned!

A "Steampunk" feel is all over the place! Like the art? You can print your own coloring pages!

While we're putting the finishing touches on the summer decor, we'd like to take a moment to remind you about all of the stuff happening this month!

First, Summer Reading Logs are on their way! They'll be available at the front desk on Monday, June 9th for both Youth (11-and-under), as well as the teens (12-18). Youth should fill out at LEAST 6 in order to receive their free book while Teens should fill out 8! For the adults, Carnival Cards are available already; for every returned card you'll be entered in a drawing for a fabulous (as yet, unknown) gift --and as always, a book! Final logs and cards must be turned in by August 9th for counting, please!

Secondly, we are currently taking book donations for our book sale in July! We will take used books, so long as they are in readable/sell-able condition. We will NOT take Reader's Digest Condensed books though --they are the only books we will not accept (however we can probably suggest some really cool book crafts if you're interested!). Donations can be dropped off at the library during our regular open hours. If you have a particularly large donation (more than 3 boxes), please call us.

Lastly, there is a Friends of the Library meeting on Tuesday, June 10th at 6 PM. If you've been thinking about getting involved at the library or within the community, Friends is a GREAT way to do so --and as a bonus: Friends of the Library no longer requires yearly dues as part of membership! Stop by and learn how you can help us out!

As for the rest of the summer, it is JAM PACKED! Our first program of the summer will be June 14th when Chris Karraker stops into teach us a little bit about one of his favorite hobbies --Falconry! Then on June 17th, the Reptile Lady from Nature Connection will be in to teach us about animals with "scaly skin".

Youth programs will take place on the following dates:

And as for the teens:

Our final, off-site programs are as follows:

Summer Reading Program Party @ Lake Eau Claire, Friday, August 15th
9:30 AM. Special Guest, science magician Merlin Kadin!
Open to all ages! Prizes and awards for youth, teens, and adults will be announced at this event, but you do not need to present to receive!

Binocular Stargazing, Thursday, August 14th.
Location still to be announced, but the fun will begin at dusk! Staff is currently planning to be on-site at about 8:30 (after the movie that night). Participants are asked to bring their own binoculars as our supply to lend will be limited. We will be doing a special drawing for attendees to win a free pair of binoculars --must be present to win!

Popcorn and Movie will start on THURSDAYS this year, July 10th with a movie starring our favorite blocks of plastic by the same name! Some other titles are still pending for this summer, so stay tuned!

So, WOW --that is a lot of stuff and I know for a fact that I missed some things, so be sure to keep an eye on the PowerPoint TV or pick up one of our Summer Events brochures at the front desk. You can also keep tabs on what's happening at our Facebook page!

This summer is going to be awesome and I can't wait to get started!

Happy Summer Reading!,

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Welcome Maji!

We'd like to introduce you to Maji, our newest employee! He's obviously super excited to be working at the library as our new aide.

Fun fact: Maji is only the 2nd male employee that the Augusta Library has had in it's 103 year history! Other than maybe a few husbands volunteering time to help their wives in the early days of the library, our last male employee was with us for a year in 2006!

Fun Fact #2: The library has only had roughly 27 employees in it's entire history --with the most employee change happening within the last 10 years or so. How's that sound for job security?

And while Maji is excited to be working here, we're also really excited to have him here. Be sure to introduce yourself when you stop in, or at least say hello!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Scaly Skins at the Library

The library's about to get a whole lot more exciting--in a good way or a bad way, depending on your perspective--when Amanda Sandford, "The Reptile Lady," visits on June 17 at 1:00 p.m.

She'll bring children the opportunity to see, touch, and learn about various reptiles as part of her "Scaly Skins" program.

This event is free and open to the public, although the library asks that young children be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please contact the library at or (715) 286-2070 if you would like more information.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Falconry Comes to the Augusta Public Library

Soon, imaginations won't be the only things soaring at the Augusta Public Library. Falconer Chris Karraker, along with his red-tailed hawk, will be demonstrating the art of falconry at the library on Saturday, June 14, at 1:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Please contact the library at (715) 286-2070 or if you would like more information.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Traveling Plant Clinic

Are you a passionate gardener--or a lukewarm one with a sick plant? If so, the library's Traveling Plant Clinic might be for you.

Erin LaFaive, Horticulture Educator from UW-Extension Eau Claire County, will be available to answer garden-related questions at the library on June 13 and September 8 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

This event is free and open to the public. Please contact the library at (715) 286-2070 or if you would like more information.