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Summer Programming and Digital Magazines Begin!

Zinio, Summer Reading, MiniTheme


The Library has been very busy planning activities for the summer.  Instead of discussing four or five happenings at GPL, this time we will focus on two very important and new programs.  Please look below for just some of our planned programming for the summer and the implementation and introduction of Zinio.



Children of all ages, teens, and adults are eligible to register at the library between June 3 and July 3.  Pick up a reading log and record the time you read in order to win prizes like free passes to museums and parks.  Readers can also enter drawings for grand prizes.  Prizes will be awarded July 1through August 24. 


“CAN YOU DIG IT?” – Morning Story Time with Mr. Mark on Mondays at 10:30am from June 10 through July 29.  Fantastic, fun stories for children.   

AFTERNOON STORMY STORIES – Mondays at 1:30pm from July 1-15.  If you would like to be loud in the library, stop by for Stormy Stories with Mr. Mark.  We’ll share loud stories and wake up the whole library! 

STORIES IN THE GARDEN – This collection of stories will take place in the Children’s Garden behind the library on Thursdays, June 20 and 27 and July 11 and 25 at 6:30pm, weather permitting. 

Registration is not required for Story Time.  Caregivers MUST stay with the children during the program. 


Join us for a free family movie in the air conditioned Greenfield Library Community Room on Tuesdays at 2:00pm from June 11 through July 30.  Snacks will be served.  Just drop in!  Registration is not required.  All movies are rated G or PG.  A list of the movies is available at the library or call 414-321-9595 X104 for more information. 


All programs are free and will be held in the Library Community Room.  Registration is not required. 


            June 10            Holly Nagel and “Aloha to You!”

            June 17            Magician Tim Glanders and “Get Out the Shovels and Dig!”

            June 24            Doug the Jug’s Juggling Extravaganza

            July 22             Science Entertainer Karl Debelack and “Bubbleology”

            July 29             Mary Tooley and “The Wonder Down Under – Australian Animals”



            June 13            Artist Bill Begos with “Caricatures and Comedy”

            July 18             Naturalist David Stokes “Creatures from Under the Earth’s Surface – The Dark Side”



All programs run from 2:00-4:00pm in the Community Room.  Registration is not required.


June 19            Writing Workshop: Making a Zine – Get creative and learn to make a zine (a miniature


July 17             Hunger Games Party – Are you a Hunger Games fan?  Come to a Hunger Games

                         themed program with games



            June 12            Candy Creations – Turn your candy into beautiful art and eat the leftovers!

June 26            Library Minute to Win It! – Compete to complete assigned challenges in one minute.  

                        Prizes will be awarded

July 10            Angry Birds in the Library – Work in teams to build a tower, then try to destroy

                        opponents’ towers with Angry Birds

July 24             Rubber Ducky Decorating – Transform a plain white ducky into a work of art!  Prizes to

                        the most creative

Programs are free and all materials will be provided

For more information on events please come to the Reference and Children’s Reference Desks for pamphlets.



The Greenfield Public Library is pleased to provide a new service to patrons – access to “Zinio Digital Magazines for Libraries.”  Zinio is an online service that allows you to download digital copies of popular magazines to your computer, tablet or mobile device.  Over 100 popular magazines such as Newsweek, US Weekly, and The Economist are available at no charge to patrons and can be viewed on free apps for your mobile device, including Apple, Android, Kindle Fire and others.  Once downloaded, the magazine issues have no due dates, never incur fines, and you can keep the issues as long as you like, and everyone can download as many issues as they like without getting on a waiting list.  The issues can even be read ‘offline’ when you are out of wi-fi range.  Not only do you receive access to popular magazines, but you can download as many issues as you want with no limit to the number of titles within the library collection.  All a resident needs to get started is a library card, an email address, and access to a computer or a digital device

To get started with Zinio, visit the library’s website at or  In addition to more details such as the complete list of titles, you can also download a step-by-step guide to getting started or watch a video on how to use the service.  We hope you enjoy Zinio and this unique reading experience!  For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 414-321-9595 X104.


Each blog entry we try to show a themed topic relevant to the date and show our collection’s holdings on the topic.  This week, we look at an important 19-year old that changed Western Europe.

Joan of Arc

This week 582 years ago, the Maid of Orléans, Joan of Arc, was burned at the stake for heresy at the age of 19.  A folk heroine of France and a present-day Catholic saint, Joan, an uneducated peasant, claimed divine guidance and led the French army to important victories during the Hundred Years’ War against England.  Joan has been a political symbol in France since the time of Napoleon (c. 1800), just after the French Revolution and remains a fascinating historical figure today.  Please see some of our holdings and learn about one of France’s greatest figures.


Joan of Arc: Her Story – Régine Pernoud and Marie-Véronique Clin     BIO JOAN of Arc

Joan of Arc: The Legend and the Reality – Frances Gies     BIO JOAN of Arc

Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint – Donald Spoto     BIO JOAN of Arc

The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc – Nancy Goldstone     BIO JOAN of Arc



The Messenger – DVD MES



Joan of Arc – Angela Bull    J BIO JOAN of Arc

Joan of Arc – Josephine Poole     J BIO JOAN of Arc

Joan of Arc: The Lily Maid – Margaret Hodges     E BIO JOAN of Arc

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR READING OUR BLOG.  We look forward to seeing you and hope you participate in our Summer Reading Club and other Summer activities at Greenfield Public Library.

This Coming Week at the Library - Week of June 17

There is a lot of action going on this summer at Greenfield Public Library and below are some of the activities happening next week.  Please read.

Magician Tim Glanders – Monday, June 17 at 1:30pm

Magic show “Get Out the Shovels and Dig Into Reading” is about books, dirt, tunnels, bulldozers, moles, miners, and all kinds of digging.  Come to GPL and dig this magic show.

Family Movie – Tuesday, June 18 at 2:00pm

Join us this every Tuesday through July 30 in the Community Room for a fun family movie.  All movies are rated G or PG and it promises to be a great time!  Snacks will be served.  Cool off from that eventually hot summer sunshine and see a great film.  No registration is required.  Grab a list of all the films at the event or in the Children’s Library.


Tweens – Zine Workshop – Wednesday, June 19 from 2:00-4:00pm

What’s a zine?  It’s a miniature book that you make about anything you want.  Write a story or draw a comic.  Come and learn about the history of zines and how to make them.  Make copies of your work and show them off to your friends.  All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along your own creative resources.  The program is free and intended for kids aged 8-12.

Puppet Story Theatre – Thursday, June 20 at 6:30

Interactive full sensory experience with music, song, dance, and of course, PUPPETS!!! Loads of puppets.  All sorts of puppets!!!  What will the puppets do or say?  You’ll have to find out.  Did we mention that there will be puppets there?  Indeed, there will be puppets.  Come down on Thursday to see the puppet-filled Puppet Story Theatre.

Fill Our Display Case

The Greenfield Public Library welcomes applications from local non-profit civic and cultural groups and clubs to display their artwork and other small items and/or information about their group in our display case in the Library lobby.  The display case is in a great location: directly to the right of the Library Lobby entrance.  Those wishing to display must follow the following guidelines and instructions:

·         Those wishing to display in the Library’s display case must complete and submit the Application for Use of the Library Display Case

·         Displays must have the Library Director’s approval.  You will be notified within 5 business days of receipt of your application

·         Displays can be booked up to one year in advance and are considered on a first-come, first-served basis

·         Exhibitors may use the display case once during a period of two calendar years.

·         Displays must be set up on or within one week of the first of the month.  Displays must be taken down by the end of business on the last day of the month.

·         The Library assumes no responsibility or liability for loss or damage to materials in the display case.

·         Priority will be given to Library and City sponsored displays

·         Use of the display case for commercial purposes is prohibited.

·         Exhibitors must make arrangements with the Library for a date and time to set up and take down the display.

·         The Library Director has the authority to approve, deny or amend displays.

Call 414-321-9595 x101 for more information or visit the Library’s Reference Desk in person.



Each blog entry, we try to show off our collection with regards to a current topic.  This time, we highlight a legendary Wisconsin sports figure.

Vince Lombardi

June 11 celebrated what would have been coaching legend Vince Lombardi’s 100th birthday.  Wisconsinites warmly remember Lombardi for leading the Packers to five National Football League championships in seven years (1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967), including victories in the initial two Super Bowls.  Today, the trophy for the Super Bowl winner is named after Lombardi and the Packers have brought the namesake trophy home twice since Lombardi left (1996, 2010).  Please see our holdings on Coach Lombardi and his 1960s Green Bay Packers and celebrate a life cut far too short.

When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi – David Maraniss     BIO LOMBARDI, Vince

What It Takes to Be Number One – Vince Lombardi and Vince Lombardi Jr.     158 LOM

Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership – Donald T. Phillips     BIO LOMBARDI, Vince

Vince Lombardi on Football – Vince Lombardi, ed. George Flynn     796.332 FLY 1981

That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory – John Eisenberg    796.332 EIS

Closing the Gap: Lombardi, the Packers Dynasty, and the Pursuit of Excellence – Willie Davis     796.332 DAV

America’s Quarterback: Bart Starr and the Rise of the National Football League – Keith Dunnavant     BIO STARR, Bart

Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer – Jerry Kramer     BIO KRAMER, Jerry

Mean On Sunday: The Autobiography of Ray Nitschke – Ray Nitschke     BIO NITSCHKE, Ray

The Ice Bowl: The Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys Season of 1967 – Mike Shropshire     796.332 SHR

Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs, and Tradition – William Povletich     796.332 POV

The Glory of Titletown: The Classic Green Bay Packers Photography of Vernon J. Biever – Vernon J Biever     796.332 BIE

Thank you for reading our blog.  Please come to the Library and partake in our Summer Reading Programs and the literacy fun we have planned.  Have a good week.

Juggle Your Schedule and Come to GPL - Events for Week of June 24

Welcome Greenfield Public Library Patrons.              

The following are some activities planned for next week.  Just remember that all performance are free and require no registration.  Simply come in and have a good time. 

Doug the Jug’s Juggling Extravaganza – Monday, June 24 at 1:30pm 

Come and watch “Doug the Jug” perform a humorous juggling extravaganza for children of all ages.  Will he bring the chainsaws?  We can only hope.  Come down for some juggling action. 

Family Movie – Tuesday, June 25 at 2:00pm 

Every Tuesday through July 30 in the Community Room, Greenfield Library shows a film that the entire family can enjoy.  All movies are Rated G or PG and are fun for the whole family.  Snacks will be served in the cool, air-conditioned room, making movie viewing time a relaxing experience.  For a list of movies, come to the event or ask at the Children’s Reference Desk. 

Library “Minute to Win It” – Teen Program  - Wednesday, June 26 at 2:00pm 

Are you up to the task?  Are you willing to put your body through some of the most strenuous activity that it can bear for sixty seconds?  If you are, and also a teen, compete with other teens to successfully complete assigned challenges in just one minute.  Prizes will be awarded to all Library Minute to Win It champions.   

Stories in the Garden with Mr. Mark – Thursday, June 27 at 6:30pm 

Meet up with Mr. Mark to hear some great stories in our Library’s Children’s Garden, weather permitting.  Will it be a garden party?  Most likely.  Will it rain?  We hope not.



The all new CountyCat Mobile is a service for mobile devices that allows you to search the catalog, maintain your account and get information from the public libraries in the system while on the go.   

To get started using CountyCat Mobile, point your browser device to or search for “CountyCat” in your app store or app marketplace.  CountyCat Mobile works on all web-enabled phones and include apps for Apple, Android and Blackberry devices, among others. 

With the CountyCat Mobile App, you can: 

·        *SEARCH the CountyCat catalog.  Start typing in your search and results will start appearing immediately (similar to Google autocomplete).

·         *PLACE HOLDS on titles directly from your mobile device.  Manage your existing holds and renew items.

·         *Find HOURS AND LOCATION INFORMATION for all public libraries in Milwaukee County and find the nearest library at your current location.

·         *Connect to OVERDRIVE eBOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS.  Check out and download OverDrive ePub and MP3 titles directly to your advice.

·         *Use the BookLook feature to SCAN ISBN CODES ON ANY BOOK and see if the library has the title.

·         *FIND EVENTS taking place at libraries across Milwaukee County.

·         *See NEW MATERIALS that have been recently added to the collection.

·        *Find out what your library is posting on FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.


Check it out and keep updated with the CountyCat Mobile App. 



Greenfield Library welcomes your donations of: 

·         *Hardcover fiction and non-fiction (published within the last 10 years)

·         *Soft-cover fiction and non-fiction (published within the last 10 years)

·         *DVDs

·         *Music CDs

·         *Audio books on CD

·         *Travel books (published within the last 5 years)

·         *Children’s games (complete and in good condition)


The Library does not accept the following materials:

·         *VHS tapes

·         *Audio cassette tapes

·         *Magazines

·         *Harlequin romance type paperbacks

·         *Encyclopedias

·         *Textbooks

·         *Catalogs

·         *Reader’s Digest Condensed Books

·         *Directories or telephone books

·         *LP records 

Donated materials must be in good condition.  We cannot accept materials that have mildew or mold, a smoky or musty smell, or are otherwise in poor condition.  Donated materials will be added to the Library’s collection or sold to benefit the Library. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Library’s Circulation Desk at 414-321-9595 x112. 


That’s it for the shortened blog this week.  Please come to GPL and join in the Summer Reading fun!

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