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Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 am

Thanks to the Friends of the Mt. Horeb Public Library, we are able to give away copies of our Big Read book to our community. This year we will give away 65 books! Large print is available (in limited quantity.)  We will give away the books via our Drive Up Window. Please maintain at least 6 feet between people while in line and masks are encouraged.   

The books are given on a first come-first served basis. No pre-reservervations accepted. Can't come to the library September12? You may call in a request on Sept. 12 beginning at 9am. Leaving a message does not guarantee a book - you'll need to speak with someone. (Book Giveaway Day is a very busy time so it may take a while to reach us.)

If you receive a book, please participate in as many of the corresponding programs as possible. We look forward to learning with you!

The giveaway begins at 9am but it's highly recommended to arrive early! 

 

 

 

Monday, September 14, 10:00 am

Note: This is the SECOND Monday of September due to Labor Day. Join us for our virtual book club! We'll discuss The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick. This book is available free in ebook and audiobook with hoopla. Click here for the link to the ebook and audibook.

 We'll meet via Zoom. The link to join will be shared here the day of the meeting.  

Exciting news - In October, we will discuss My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. Robin will join us via Zoom for our October meeting! Hooray! You can get the physical book (yes - an actual book - yay!) at the library now. Simply ask for the book club book during Express Library  Hours or during your Drive Up Pick Up time.  (Call 437-5021 to set up a pick up time if you'd like to get the book club book that way.)  Because there are only two weeks between our September meeting and our October meeting, I recommend getting the book now.  

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 17, 6:30 pm

Research shows that most of us have a hard time recognizing disinformation when we see it on our phones, tablets, and computers. At the height of the 2016 election, Americans clicked on fake news more often than on professional journalism. In this talk, author Michael Edmonds will describe the tech giants, Big Data, and how they try to sway our opinions and change our behavior. He'll explain how bias, propaganda, fake news, and disinformation work. And he'll show you how to fact-check stories and find trustworthy sources. When you leave, you'll know how to detect deception and discover reliable information on any topic – skills that are more important than ever in this election year. Edmonds worked as a research librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society and taught information studies at the University of Wisconsin for more than 30 years. This talk is based on media literacy courses he's teaching for MATC's Continuing Ed program and local high schools in 2020.

Virtual Event. We will use Zoom.  Registration required. Please email to register and receive the link to join. There is also a call in option. If you'd prefer to use your telephone, please call 608-437-5021 to register. 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 21, 6:30 pm

My Independence Day: Caroline Quarlls' Story

A harrowing true story recounted in this one-woman performance with the Kenosha Civil War Museum.

In 1842, Caroline Quarlls, a 16 year old light-skinned St. Louis slave, made the dangerous choice to run away. With slave catchers in pursuit, she fled to Milwaukee, where she met people who aided her travel to freedom in Canada. Years later Caroline received a letter from Lyman Goodnow, the man who escorted her to Canada and their correspondence continued. This true story is based on rare letters between Quarlls and Goodnow that are housed in the Kenosha Civil War Museum's collection.   (Image from the Wisconsin Historical Society.) 

All Big Read events are virtual this year. Registration begins September 12.  To receive the program links please register via email: mhpl@mounthorebwi.info. If you'd prefer the call-in link, please call 608-437-5021. 

Everyone is welcome to join our Big Read events, even if you have not read the book. For more information about the Big Read, click here. 

 

 

Thursday, October 1, 6:30 pm

With Mr. Abe Lincoln (portrayed by Kevin Wood)

Mr. Lincoln shares his ever-evolving perspectives on the subjects of slavery, emancipation, and equality, including the relationship between the white and black races during his times. Sharing his political views on slavery and emancipation and how these gradually shifted over the years, he talks about his interactions with both free and enslaved blacks, and about the relationship in general between the white and black races in his times. Of course, he would be remiss if he didn't share the events of his presidency as related to these issues, including the significant decisions to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, to allow blacks to join the armed forces, to give up on the idea of colonizing blacks elsewhere, and to advocate for black suffrage.

All Big Read events are virtual this year. Registration begins September 12.  To receive the program links please register via email: mhpl@mounthorebwi.info. If you'd prefer the call-in link, please call 608-437-5021. 

Everyone is welcome to join our Big Read events, even if you have not read the book. For more information about the Big Read, click here. 

 

 

Monday, October 5, 10:00 am

Robin Oliveira photoRobin Oliveira, the author of this month's My Name is Mary Sutter, joins us via Zoom for book club this month. You can pick up a copy of the book at the library. Yes, a physical book! Large print available too. You can get a copy of the book during our Express Library hours or set up a Drive Up Pick Up to get your copy! Simply ask for the book club book. (Like the good old days!)  I'll post the link to join the meeting here on October 5th. 

Photo by Shellie Gansz

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 8, 6:30 pm

With Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, UW-Eau Claire

More Information Coming Soon!

 

All Big Read events are virtual this year. Registration begins September 12.  To receive the program links please register via email: mhpl@mounthorebwi.info. If you'd prefer the call-in link, please call 608-437-5021. 

Everyone is welcome to join our Big Read events, even if you have not read the book. For more information about the Big Read, click here. 

 

 

Monday, October 12, 6:00 pm

Dr. Rosalyn Broussard, Professor Emerita, UW-Platteville.

Explore where racism started and why it still exists today. Broussard will leead discussion to help us understand the costs of racism to our country and how we can move forward towards the ideals of America.

All Big Read events are virtual this year. Registration begins September 12.  To receive the program links please register via email: mhpl@mounthorebwi.info. If you'd prefer the call-in link, please call 608-437-5021. 

Everyone is welcome to join our Big Read events, even if you have not read the book. For more information about the Big Read, click here. 

 

 

 

Monday, October 19, 6:30 pm

Dr. Allyson Hobbs, Stanford University, author of A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life

Brit Bennett, the author of this year's Big Read book, often credits Hobbs for helping her create the characters in The Vanishing Half.  She “cites A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life by Allyson Hobbs as an inspiration and one that gave her the unique framework to tackle the issue in The Vanishing Half.” from The San Diego Tribune, June 6, 2020

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, countless African Americans passed as white, leaving behind families and friends, roots and community. Dr. Allyson Hobbs explains that this was  "a chosen exile, a separation from one racial identity and the leap into another."   Though black Americans gained new freedoms and opportunities when they adopted white identities, they also lost important family connections. Hobbs helps us understand the loneliness and isolation that often accompanied this choice.  In our growing multiracial society the topic of race and identity remains at the center of public debate and emotional personal decisions. 

All Big Read events are virtual this year. Registration begins September 12.  To receive the program links, please register via   If you'd prefer the call-in link, please call 608-437-5021. 

Everyone is welcome to join our Big Read events, even if you have not read the book. For more information about the Big Read, click here. 

 

 

Monday, October 26, 6:30 pm

The culmination of our Big Read is the Community Book Discussion. We strongly encourage everyone to participate. All are welcome, even if you didn't read (or finish) the book. This is the time our community comes together to share our thoughts and feelings about the book and programming.  It's a time to connect with each other, laugh, learn and grow. We look forward to talking with you!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Loss Caregiver Kits

Created to support caregivers helping people with memory loss, our newest kits are filled with a variety of books, pictures, videos, music and other items designed to evoke memories and invite sharing. Five separate kits, each with a different theme, are available to check out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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