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Staff members from the Greenfield Public Library will write about recent developments at the library, staff book recommendations, new materials, updates on the new library, upcoming events and programs, and highlights of specific collections. For more information about the Greenfield Public Library, check out our web site.

Politics, Children's Movies and Natural Disasters - Another Week at the Library

Activites, Children's Movie, MiniTopic, volunteering, library board

WELCOME BACK TO THE GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY BLOG!

With the weather warming up, Greenfield Public Library is getting ready for Summer.  Come see firsthand what is going on and will be happening in the coming weeks and months at GPL.

GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY SEEKING SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON LIBRARY BOARD

The Greenfield Library Board is seeking candidates to fill several upcoming vacancies on the Library Board.  Library Board members must be Greenfield residents over the age of 18 with an interest in serving.  The qualifications are as follows: “Board members exhibit an awareness of the community; a willingness to devote their time and talents; the ability to think clearly, to question objectively and plan creatively; skill in communicating and cooperating; plus an awareness and appreciation of the library’s past, present and future role in the community.  Diversity in background, age and area of residence bring balance to the Board.”

The Library Board meets once a month for 2-3 hours on the third Thursday evening of each month.  Interested citizens should send a letter of intent to Library Board President Kathy Luty either via email (kluty@sbcglobal.net) or mail to:

Ms. Kathy Luty

Library Board President

Greenfield Public Library

5310 W. Layton Ave.

Greenfield, WI 53220

Questions regarding Library Board service should be directed to Ms. Luty or Library Director Sheila O’Brien by calling the Library at 414-321-9595 X103or email to: SheilaO@greenfieldwi.us. 

PAIR OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS AT GPL THIS WEEKEND

Greenfield Public Library is honored to have two Town Hall Meetings on consecutive days this weekend.  On Saturday, May 18 from 1:00 to 3:00pm, Wisconsin State Senator Tim Carpenter will be speaking and fielding questions and on Sunday, May 19 from 1:30 to 3:30pm, United States Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner will have his turn facing the Greenfield community.  Both events will be in the Community Room.  Exercise your civic rights by observing and discussing with your elected officials this weekend.

TIME TO GET THE NEW BOOK CLUB BOOK: MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND

With the days getting nicer, it would be a wonderful time to get some books.  Specifically, now would be a perfect time to acquire and read next month’s Greenfield Public Library Book Club selection Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. 

In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives retired Major Ernest Pettigrew.  The Major leads a quiet life and is a proper Englishman.  The death of a loved one sparks an unexpected friendship and perhaps more.  We don’t want to give away the plot, so come down to the library and see how Major Pettigrew handles English courting customs and all that sweet love.  The next book club will meet Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00pm.

SUMMER MOVIE MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Starting June 11, join us every Tuesday afternoon for family movie matinees in the Greenfield Public Library Community Room.  Snacks will be served and best of all, it is free.  Movies start at 2:00pm and will run weekly until July 30.  Pick up a pink slip detailing all movies to be shown in the Children’s Library and pick up additional Summer Reading information at the Children’s Library Reference Desk.


FINALLY…

Each blog entry, we try to include a themed topic to highlight our collection.  This time, we remember an eruption that occurred 33 years ago this week.

 

VOLCANOES

On May 18, 1980, a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens in Washington State.  An eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 states.  At the same time, snow, ice and several glaciers on the volcano melted forming huge volcanic mudslides that reached the Columbia River, nearly 50 miles from the volcano and many towns in between.  Fifty-seven people were killed and over two billion dollars of property damage was accrued.  The blast was so large that Mount St. Helens shrunk over 1300 feet after the eruption, with much of the peak of the mountain being scattered below during the volcano.

Greenfield Public Library has a number of books and media about the destruction and the horrible power of volcanoes.  Please look through our collection and note that there are more Volcano books in the collection than listed below.  Most are in DD Call Number 551.21 or around this number.


DVD

Volcanoes – J DVD 551.21 VOL

Volcano – J DVD 551.21 VOL


NON-FICTION

Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes – Alexander E. Gates     551.203 GAT

Encyclopedia of Volcanoes – Haraldur Sigurdsson, editor     REF 551.21 ENC (Library use only)

Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded – Simon Winchester     551.32 WIN (Large Print)

Volcanoes – Peter Clarkson     551.21 CLA

The Earth in Turmoil: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Their Impact on Humankind – Kerry Sieh & Simon LeVay     551.22 SIEH


KIDS

The Magic School Bus Blows It’s Top: A Book About Volcanoes – Brian Meehl & Jocelyn Stevenson     J 551.21 MAG

Volcanoes – Paul P. Sipiera     E 551.21 SIP

Volcanoes! – Jeremy Caplan     E 551.21 SIP

 

Thank you again for reading the blog.  We look forward to seeing you again at GPL

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