Big Read 2019


Braiding Sweetgrass is a "hymn of love to the world," says author Elizabeth Gilbert. Kimmerer is a scientist and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. In this book she brings together both of these ways of looking at the natural world in a celebration of our surroundings.

The Friends of the Library generously purchase 50 copies of the the title to give to our community.  Book Giveaway Day is Saturday, September 7 beginning at 9am. It's highly recommended to arrive early. We will have our first Big Read program immediately following the giveaway. The Big Read event line up will be announced next week in the Mt. Horeb Mail and the library website,  If you receive a free copy of the book you are strongly encouraged to attend the Big Read programming series.

Questions? Contact Melissa Roelli at or (608) 437-5021, ext 109.  


Book Giveaway
(Followed by botany exploration!)
Saturday, September 7, 9am
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, we give away 50 copies of the Big Read Book. First come, first served. This year’s title is not available in large print, but we will offer magnifiers if needed.


Exploring Plants! (Hands-on botany for adults!)
Saturday, September 7, 9:30am
With Spalding Lab from UW-Botany.
This your your chance to get up close with nature in a hands-on exploratory program!


Decoding the Driftless Film
Monday, September 16, 6:30pm
In partnership with the Driftless Historium and Friends of Stewart Park.  Funded in part by the Mt. Horeb Rotary Club.

Watch the movie trailer

Explore this fascinating region with fun-loving hosts from Untamed Science who will open your eyes, mind, and heart to the Driftless like never before. Your journey will take you to parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois to uncover ancient hidden mysteries, endangered Ice-Age throwbacks, and globally rare ecosystems as you experience Decoding the Driftless.



Aldo Leopold: Remaining Hopeful in a World of Wounds
Thursday, September 26, 6:30pm
With Professor Stanley Temple

Aldo Leopold wrote that “one of the penalties of an ecological education” was to live “in a world of wounds” that are barely noticed by most people. Leopold was hopeful that once we learned to see and understand the wounds that human activities inflict on nature we might be more inclined to do less harm. Professor Stan Temple will explore Leopold’s writings and discuss Aldo Leopold’s timeless ideas about how our relationship with nature continues to provide hope that we may find a way to live on Planet Earth without spoiling it.



Maple & Memories
Monday, September 30, 6:30pm
Karen Ann Hoffman, Iroquois Bead Artist

A conversation about Native American art and tradition in contemporary life. Join Iroquois Raised Beadwork artist Karen Ann Hoffman for a conversation about how Native traditions thrive in modern day times.

This program's snack includes a special Native food dish-with maple syrup made by Karen Ann!



Wetland Wonders
Thursday, October 3, 6:30pm
With Nicole Staskowski, Wisconsin Wetlands Association Board Member

Wetlands are one of the most important and beneficial parts of a landscape, but many of us are unfamiliar with them. Do you know how many species in Wisconsin depend on these areas? What exactly do wetlands do? How many acres of wetlands are in our state? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this evening with Nicole Staskowski, who has worked in wetlands for over twenty-five years. 



Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America
Monday, October 7, 6:30pm
With author and birder Michael Edmonds

The human fascination with winged creatures has been around for centuries. Michael edmonds shares how and why people have worshipped, feared, studied, hunted, and protected the birds that surrounded them.  Drawn from archaeological reports, missionaries' journals, travelers' letters, early scientific treatises, the memoirs of American Indian elders, and the folklore of hunters, farmers, and formerly enslaved people throughout the Midwest, Edmonds reveals how our ancestors thought about the very same birds we see today. 



Fantastic Fungi: Movers & Shapers of Forests
Thursday, October 17, 6:30pm
With Dr. Glen Stanosz

Fungi are often overlooked, misunderstood, and definitely underappreciated.  Yet these diverse and highly evolved organisms are critical to function of forest ecosystems.  Their varied lifestyles are suited to roles as symbiotic mutualists, nature’s recyclers, or disease-causing tree pathogens. Mini but mighty, profoundly fungi influence their surroundings. You will not see fungi the same after this program!


Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology & Natural History
Thursday, October 24, 6:30pm

With science writer Scott Spoolman

Science writer Scott Spoolman takes readers with him to twenty-eight state parks and forests where evidence of the state’s striking geologic and natural history are on display. The author tells stories of events and processes that shaped Wisconsin’s landscapes, including volcanic eruptions, invasions by ancient seas, crushing glaciers, and centuries of erosion. 


Native American Plant Medicines
Saturday, October 26, 10am
With Misty Cook, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans

The author of Medicine Generations: Natural Native American Medicines Traditional to the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans Tribe, Misty Cook shares an overview of the history of eight generations of the Native American Medicines passed down through her family.  She will discuss different types of medicine, how they are used and will share how her book came to be. 



Kimmerer PicAuthor Skype Visit with Robin Wall Kimmerer, followed by Community Book Discussion
Monday, October 28, 6:15pm

(Tentative date and time. Robin is out in the field right now - how wonderful is that? As soon as she has internet again we'll firm up the details.) 



Photo by Dale Kakkak