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Books For Sale! Spring Has Sprung at GPL

Activites, book sale, ebooks, Summer Reading Program


The weather is warming up a bit and so is the action at GPL.  Please read about some of the activities that will be happening soon.



The Greenfield Library Used Book Sale scheduled for Saturday, May 11 is sporting a new format!  No longer just a one day sale, the library is pleased to offer an ongoing, Never-Ending Book Sale.

The Never-Ending Book Sale will be an ongoing, well-stocked sale of books, movies and music located in the library proper.  You will want to stop by often since materials will be continually replenished.  You avid readers will love the constantly changing inventory!  Stop by for the grand opening of this new sale area on Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 AM for great deals on new materials.


Summer is just around the corner.  Registration for the Children’s Summer Reading Club begins in only a month and the Children’s Library Staff has been busy scheduling exciting activities for kids and parents alike.  Please come to the Children’s Library and pick up a green sheet highlighting some of the scheduled activities planned this summer.  Hope to see you here when that weather gets hot.


Greenfield Library now has a limited number of pre-loaded e-book readers available for loan.  Each library e-book reader comes preloaded with 30-40 titles of a specific genre.  Genres include fiction, non-fiction, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, young adult, mystery/thrillers, and historical fiction.  Also available is one e-reader that is preloaded with current titles in a variety of genres, and is available for in-library use only.  For more information about the new Greenfield Library e-book readers, please call the library at 414-321-9595 x104 or stop at the library and speak with the librarian at the Reference Desk.


Tired of all the same old books and movies?  Do you have an itch for something different and new?  Well, you are in luck.  See what materials are new at Greenfield Public Library by clicking on the following site ( ) or by going to our homepage ( and clicking on the “New Materials at Greenfield Public Library” tag under the Quick Links in the yellow bar on the right side of the page.   We hope you find something new and enjoyable.


Every blog entry, we try to include a themed topic to highlight our collection.  Get out your tiller and your old clothes, because it is time to talk…



With all of the recent rain and with the weather kinda, sorta warming up, now would be a great time to start planning a garden.  Gardening can lead to a more self-sufficient and healthier lifestyle and can be a very relaxing activity for stressed individuals.  Humans have gardened for thousands of years and residential gardening has increased in popularity in recent years.  Whether you already have a green thumb or just learning now what a trowel is, Greenfield Public Library is a great place to start for tips on your 2013 garden.  Below are just a few of the materials we have on gardening and there is much more in Dewey Decimal 635.

The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers – Teri Dunn Chace     635 CHA

Bulb Forcing for Beginners and the Seriously Smitten – Art Wolk     635.94 WOL

Decoding Gardening Advice: The Science Behind the 100 Most Common Recommendations – Jeff Gillman & Meleah Maynard     635 GIL

Everyday Garden Solutions: Expert Advice from the National Gardening Association     635 EVE

Gardening Shortcuts – Jenny Hendy     635 HEN

Growing Your Own Fruits and Vegetables – Michael Thurlow     635 THU

The Illustrated Practical Encyclopedia of Pruning, Training & Topiary: How to Prune and Train Trees, Shrubs, Hedges, Topiary, Tree and Soft Fruit, Climbers, and Roses – Richard Bird     631.542 BIR

Garden Wisdom – Jerold W. Apps     635 APP

Thoughtful Gardening – Robin Lane Fox     635 FOX

Project Garden: A Month-By-Month Guide to Planting, Growing, and Enjoying All Your Backyard Has to Offer – Stacy Tornio     635 TOR

American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America – Michelle Obama     635 OBA

Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of Home Gardening – Lee Somerville     635.0977 SOM


300 Step-By-Step Cooking & Gardening Projects for Kids: The Ultimate Book for Budding Gardeners and Super Chefs with Amazing Things to Grow and Cook Yourself – Nancy McDougall and Jenny Hendy     635 MCD

Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun – Whitney Cohen and John Fisher     635 COH

Ready Set Grow! – DK Publishing     J 635 REA


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

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


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.


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 ( 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: 


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.


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.


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.



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.


Volcanoes – J DVD 551.21 VOL

Volcano – J DVD 551.21 VOL


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


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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