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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.

Celebrate the Arts at Greenfield Library

WELCOME BACK BLOG READERS!

February is on us and love, beauty and chocolate are in the air.  Get out of that bitter cold and snow and come into Greenfield Library and nestle up with a good book or movie.  Here are some happenings for this month.


ART EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION AT GREENFIELD LIBRARY

Greenfield Library is pleased to host an exhibit of original artwork by the students of local artist/art instructor Judith Reidy.  The collection of oil and acrylic paintings showcases the talents of students who bring a wide range of artistic experience to their artwork.  There will be a reception for family, friends, and the public on Sunday, February 9 from 3:30 to 4:45 on the second floor of Greenfield Library.  Come to the library to take in the beauty of this exhibit through February 24.

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE PARTY AT GREENFIELD LIBRARY ON FEBRUARY 13

Back by popular demand, the Death by Chocolate Party will be bigger, badder, and chocolatier than last year!  All middle and high school students are invited to this free event, which takes place in the Library Community Room on Thursday, February 13 from 3:00 to 4:30pm.  There will be chocolate-themed games, crafts, and snacks.  Come hungry and ready to celebrate the greatest food on earth – chocolate!

HISTORY BOOK CLUB REDEPLOYS FEBRUARY 25

Join in on the discussion of the Father of the Modern Air Force and Milwaukee’s native son, Billy Mitchell, when Greenfield Library’s History Book Club meets Tuesday, February 25 from 7:00-8:00pm to discuss Douglas Waller’s A Question of Loyalty: Gen. Billy Mitchell and the Court-Martial That Gripped the Nation.  We will discuss the brash airman whose “radical” and outspoken views on the future of American air power and its role on the battlefield landed him in a scandalous court-martial fit more for the tabloids than the newspaper.  Reserve your copy now online at http://countycat.mcfls.org or by calling the Library at 414-321-9595 x104.

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Krakatoa Rising?: Observing Mt. Sinabung from Greenfield, Wisconsin

In our most recent History Book Club, we discussed Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883.  For those who are not aware, Krakatoa was an island in modern-day Indonesia that was obliterated by the sheer volcanic force below, spewing dirt and rock miles upon miles into the earth’s atmosphere, affecting sunlight and temperature on a global, not just local stage.  The resulting tsunami waves killed at least a confirmed 36,000 people and estimates range that a possible 100,000 died as a result of the deadly volcano.  The boom was the loudest sound ever recorded, heard some 3000 miles away.  Bodies washed up in blocks of cooled volcanic rock as far away as Zanzibar, off the coast of Africa.  It was a truly awful and devastating natural disaster.

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Meet Your Mystery Date at Greenfield Library

WELCOME BACK BLOG READERS! 

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day approaching. Bring your sweetheart to Greenfield Library and read below about some of the activities occurring at the Library. 

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TAX SEASON IS HERE! 

It is the beginning of the year and that means that Uncle Sam is once again digging deep into our pockets during a new tax season.  Greenfield Library is here to make the only season worse than this everlasting winter a painless and hopefully profitable one once those rebates start coming back. 

FORMS

      -Homestead Tax forms are available at the reference desk at no cost!

-Federal and state tax forms will be available to photocopy or print at the reference desk for 15 cents per page.  However, the first five pages you print are free!  Ask at the reference desk.

-If you want to find federal tax forms and booklets online, go to http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs or order by phone at 1.800.829.3676

-If you want to find state tax forms and booklets online, go to http://www.revenue.wi.gov/html/formpub.html or order by phone at 414.227.4000

AARP FREE TAX ASSISTANCE – GREENFIELD LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM

     -MONDAYS (FEBRUARY 3 – APRIL 14)

-10:00am – 4:00pm

     -TUESDAYS (FEBRUARY 4 – ARPIL 15)

-10:00am – 2:00pm

     -Appointments MUST be made in-person with the AARP representatives on days when they are at Greenfield Library.  Library staff will NOT make or take appointments.

     -Please bring your current tax records and a copy of last year’s income tax return. 

BLIND DATE BOOK CLUB 

Are you up for a little adventure?  Are you in the mood for a little forbidden book love?  Greenfield Library, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day now offers a Blind Date Book Club.  We wrapped a number of books and only supplied a minimal description on the cover.  If your curiosity is piqued, take one or more of these books to the counter and unveil the prose you chose.  NO PEEKING…we’re watching.  Then, when you’re done, come back and tell us if your book was a stud or a dud.  This club is for kids, young adults and adult readers, so everyone can have the blind date experience.  We hope it goes well and you meet your dream date. 

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE PARTY– FEBRUARY 13 

Alert the police now for an expected mass case of chocolo-cide when Greenfield Library hosts our Death by Chocolate Party on Thursday, February 13 from 3:00 – 4:30pm.  All middle and high school students are invited to this free event, where there will be chocolate-themed games, crafts and snacks.  Xocolatophobes stay home, this party will be a killer! 

FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE 

Enjoy a mid-winter movie break at Greenfield Library’s Community Room on Friday, February 21 at 1:30pm.  We will be showing a new-release family film on our big screen and serving snacks.  Which new-release film?  You’ll just have to come and find out!  See you there. 

DEEP IN THE STACKS – SYLVIA PLATH 

February 11 marked the 51st anniversary of the death of a writer who left too soon.  Sylvia Plath was a poet, novelist and short story writer who suffered from depression most of her adult life.  Her most famous work, The Bell Jar, was a semi-autobiographical novel in which the protagonist’s descent into mental illness paralleled Plath’s experiences with clinical depression.  Her suicide in 1963 is clouded with controversy and many wonder whether her attempt was intentional or perhaps just a cry for help.  Regardless, her impact in the literary world is lasting, despite it being all too brief. 

The following are holdings related to Sylvia Plath at Greenfield Public Library. 

WRITTEN BY PLATH

-Ariel: The Restored Edition – 811.54 PLA

-The Bell Jar (Book) – F PLA

-The Bell Jar (Book on Tape) – CAS PLA

-The Collected Poems – 811.54 PLA

-The Journals of Sylvia Plath – 800 PLATH, Sylvia (Lower Level – Ask Librarian) 

ABOUT PLATH

-American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath – Carl Rollyson     BIO PLATH, Sylvia

-Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted – Andrew Wilson     811.54 WIL

-Sylvia Plath – ed. Harold Bloom     800 PLATH (Lower Level – Ask Librarian)

-Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath – Kate Moses     F MOSES, Kate 

DVD

-Sylvia – DVD SYL 

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Thank you again for reading our blog and we look forward to seeing you soon at Greenfield Library.

A Celebration of Arts and Crafts at Greenfield Library

Hello Again Blog Readers! 

Greenfield Library is brimming with activity for both young and old.  Read below to see some of the exciting activities awaiting you at the Library. 

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STUDENT ART ON DISPLAY 

Celebrate Youth Student Art Month at the Greenfield Library with a reception in the Community Room on Sunday, March 2 from 1:00-5:00pm.  There will be a “Make and Take” project sponsored by the Milwaukee Art Museum and Kohl’s Family Fun, as well as light refreshments.  The art, created by Greenfield public school students will be on display throughout March in the library Community Room, Children’s Library, lobby display case, and on the second floor mezzanine area.  Artwork on display in the Community Room will be available for viewing Monday evenings from 5:00-8:00pm (except March 31), Wednesdays from 10:00-3:00pm (except March 26), Fridays from 10:00-5:30pm and Sundays from 1:00-4:00pm.   

DR. SEUSS BIRTHDAY PARTY 

“I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be! If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!” 

All are invited to a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30pm in the Greenfield Library Community Room.  We will have stories, crafts, fun, and of course…cake!  The event is free and no registration is required. 

PET CRAFTS PROGRAM 

Whether it is your dog, your grandma’s cat, or your friend’s box turtle, every pet deserves a toy.  All middle and high school students are invited to attend a FREE Pet Craft Creation workshop on Tuesday, March 11 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Greenfield Library Community Room.  We will make rope dog bones or fleece cat toys to take home to your pet.  Maybe we will have that turtle craft session in the future. 

ADULT BOOK CLUB REUNITES 

The Greenfield Book Discussion group meets again Wednesday, March 12 at 7:00pm to discuss Lorna Landvik’s novel Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons.  This book brings together a group of diverse women over forty years and their own personal book club and interactions.  What will they say and do next?  I guess that you will just have to get the book and find out.  Request a copy of the book online at http://countycat.mcfls.org or call us at 414-321-9595 x104. 

DEEP IN THE STACKS: JOHNNY CASH 

February 26 would have marked the 82nd birthday of country legend, Johnny Cash.  Much of the “Man in Black’s” deep bass-voiced music echoed themes of sorrow, love, and redemption.  Cash influenced countless artists and left a large body of music at his death, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and his much acclaimed American Recording sessions with producer Rick Rubin in his later years. 

When Johnny Cash sang, whether he wrote the song or not, he owned the song, with that deep, gravelly voice mixed with the Tennessee 3’s boom-chicka sound.  He was not only a country legend, but a music legend, and he is deeply missed.  The following are some of the holdings from and about the Man in Black at Greenfield Library. 

ADULT

-Cash – Editors of Rolling Stone Magazine     781.642 CASH

-Cash:  The Autobiography – Johnny Cash/Patrick Carr     LP 781.642 CASH

-Johnny Cash: The Life – Robert Hilburn     BIO CASH, Johnny 

KIDS 

-Up Close: Johnny Cash: A Twentieth-Century Life – Anne E. Neimark     J BIO CASH, Johnny 

MUSIC CD 

-American Recordings     CD COU CAS      

-American III: Solitary Man     CD COU CAS

-American IV: The Man Comes Around      CD COU CAS  

-American V: A Hundred Highways     CD COU CAS        

-American VI: Ain’t No Grave     CD COU CAS

-Biggest Hits     CD COU CAS

-God     CD REL CAS

-Gospel Collection     CD REL CAS

-I Walk the Line     CD COU CAS

-Love     CD COU CAS

-The Mystery of Life     CD COU CAS

-Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show: Original Broadway Cast Recording     CD MUS RIN

-The Sun Years     CD COU CAS

-Wanted Man     CD COU CAS 

DVD 

Walk the Line – DVD WAL 

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Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you at Greenfield Library soon.

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