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FinePrint Summer 2012 Volume 1 | Issue 2

Appleton Public Library Friends of Appleton Public Library 225 N Oneida | www.apl.org

Summer Reading Programs Tech Connect

Socialize with the library PAGE 2

Kid’s Link

Read On Wisconsin PAGE 3

Teen Scene

Summer Buzz PAGE 4

Volunteer Corner

Volunteers of the year PAGE 5

More than just fun and games

Starting June 11 we kick off one of the busiest and most exciting programs of the year – the Summer Reading Program (SRP). Libraries all across the country have offered these programs for over a century. APL’s dates back to the 1930s. As in recent years we will offer programs for children, teens and adults – and this year we offer a new family program to encourage the entire family to participate. SRPs are more than just fun and games. Studies have shown that these programs keep students from suffering from summer “brain drain” – a regression in reading skills that can occur when reading skills aren’t kept up between school years. Students who participated in public library summer reading program score higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those students who do not participate.

These same students arrive the next school year more motivated to read, more confident in participating in classroom reading activities, reading beyond what is required in their free time, and perceive reading to be important. Summer is the perfect time to give children more freedom to select reading material that especially interests them. For middle and high school students it’s important to motivate struggling readers through programs like SRPs that give them the chance to self-select reading material. When you think of your own reading habits, it’s not surprising that young people will read more when they can choose material based on their interest. SRPs are just one of the ways libraries play an important role in closing the achievement gap. Last year thousands of children participated. This year we hope to see you and your family!

Colleen Rortvedt Library Director


Your online guide to connecting with your library

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Planning a summer vacation?

Make sure you check out our selection of playaway books! Trust us on this one, you’ll thank us. APL Fine Print

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Read On Wisconsin of the Fox Valley By: Tanya Misselt Children’s Services Supervisor This year we are adding on to our already wonderfully jam-packed Summer Reading Program, to offer youth more outlets in which to select high-quality reading material. The addition, titled Read on Wisconsin, is an online literacy program where professionals from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the School of Education at UW-Madison select one book each month for children and teens throughout our state and post discussion questions that correspond with each book. The program is about connecting children and teens with terrific books, and encouraging them to think and to talk about what they are reading, or what is being read to them. Read on Wisconsin has five categories in which books are grouped: Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers, Primary (grades K-2), Intermediate (grades 3-5), Middle School, and High School. Our primary focus for this program will be the preschool through middle school age categories. This year’s Read on Wisconsin books will be on display and available for check-out starting June 1.

As part of the Summer Reading Program, children can earn extra drawing slips by reading Read on Wisconsin books and answering the discussion questions. Caregivers may write in answers for very young children. We hope to see you here at the Children’s Department this summer, and remember, Read on Wisconsin!

Robin - Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers White-tailed Deer - Primary (Grades K-2)

Muskie - Intermediate (Grades 3-5)

Maple Leaf - Middle School

Look for these stickers to find a Read On Wisconsin book!

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Dream Big Movie Series Mondays | 5:30-7:30 pm June 11 - August 20 Gather the family and bring a snack or supper to watch a movie. All movies are rated G or PG. APL Fine Print

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Showcase your inner creativity this summer

masterpieces of art! We’ll meet from 2-4pm, June 19, July 17, & August 21. This program is for teens in grades 7-12.

By: Brian Looker Young Adult Librarian

Litwits Teen Book Club: sip coffee, talk books and make new friends. We will alternate monthly discussions between a specific book selection and sharing favorites in a “free-for-all” meeting. Meet us in the cozy seating area at the front of Copper Rock. Join us if you’re a teen in grades 8-12.

This summer we have a plethora of -- wait for it -new and exciting programs for our teens! Teen Writer’s Workshop: improve your creative writing chops in a seven-week short story writing workshop. We’ll meet from 10am – 12pm Mondays, June 19 to July 30 at Harmony Café. We will read published stories to examine the writers’ techniques, learn exercises to help you practice writing (even overcoming writer’s block), and critique each other’s stories into publishable works. We’ll finish the workshop with a capstone piece, compiling everyone’s best stories into a ‘zine and holding a coffee shop reading. This workshop is open to teens who will be entering grades 9-12 in the fall.

This list is only the beginning of the programs we have to offer as part of our Teen Summer Reading Program. Interested in learning more? Visit our website at: http://teen.apl.org/summer/programs.asp.

Teen Writer’s Workshop Mondays | June 18 - July 30

The Society for Creative Destruction: for those familiar with Keri Smith’s book Wreck This Journal, you know exactly what this program is all about. Bring a blank notebook or journal to the first meeting, and bring it back for more creative destruction. We will have a LIMITED supply available to those in need. We’ll supply materials to personalize your journals and then the “wrecking” will commence! Using inspiration from Smith’s book and other sources, we’ll conduct various activities to “wreck” our journals into

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Volunteers of the Year

conducting historical and genealogical research. Mike’s various roles at the library since 2008 have also included: retrieving and delivering books to patrons through the Walking Books program, shelving, and assisting in all aspects of the Friends of the Appleton Library’s used book sales in the fall and spring.

Meet APL’s recently awarded volunteers of the year

Thomas Petersen has volunteered in multiple sections of the library and worked well over 100 hours in 2011. He has assisted with children’s, teen and adult gaming programs, including running two gaming tournaments. Thomas also cleaned and repaired CDs and DVDs, shelved DVDs and assisted with special projects for teen programs.

By: Colleen Holz Volunteer Assistant In 2011, volunteers reported over 7810 hours, which represents the work of over 3.5 full time employees! We are very grateful to all our volunteers who enthusiastically assist us with many projects throughout library, whether shelving books, assisting with a program or delivering books to patrons who are unable to access the library.

The Children’s Services section also honored Daisy Lopez as a nominee for the Fox Cities Youth Alliance Service award at the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin’s ceremony. Daisy assists with the Appleton Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program, through which each year over 5,000 children sign up to read daily for weekly incentives. Since 2007, Daisy has been a volunteered for the program assisting with family registration, handing out incentives, and helping staff with projects.

Each year, APL picks two volunteers of the year. Below are two dedicated individuals that were awarded with APL’s Volunteer of the Year. Mike Ognacevic trains Appleton Public Library’s Obituary Project Microfilm Look Up volunteers and also works with them for a session after the training to answer any questions that come up. APL relies on a large group of volunteers to scan past issues of the Appleton Post Crescent for death notices and other noteworthy community events in history. The information collected is entered into an obituary index for patrons

Thomas Petersen | Teen Volunteer of the Year Mike Ognacevic | Adult Volunteer of the Year

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By: Jan Quinlan FRIENDS Executive Director Did you know? Friends of APL funds over 90% of costs for APL programs! A great example is the Read & Ride program -- a partnership with Valley Transit. Young people age 17 and under can ride the bus FREE to and from the library on Wednesdays from June through August using their library cards.

Read & Ride Program Ridership:

The Read & Ride program was started in 2006 as an effort to encourage kids to ride the bus to summer library programs.

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Children, parents and daycare providers love this program. Calls asking if it will be offered again started very early in the year and ridership continues to grow.

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A great success for the Appleton Public Library, for Valley Transit, and for the young people who take advantage of this great service paid for by the Friends of Appleton Public Library.

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Self-Defense for Young W men

The Summer Reading Program Begins June 11!

Wed | June 13 | 2pm

Sign up at: www.apl.org/ summer

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Get your reading lists out!

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Check out a few of the books recommended by our staff below! To see full reviews or more recommendations visit our Staff Picks blogs at: http://aplstaffpicks.blogspot.com/ and http://aplstaffpicksforkids.blogspot.com/. Humor From the Country Jerry Apps These Things Hidden Heather Gudenkauf

Future Science Max Brockman

Liar, Liar: a Cat DeLuca Mystery Karianne Larsen

Little Owl Lost Chris Haughton

The Fenway Foul-Up David A. Kelly

Spellbound Jacqueline West Solomon Crocodile Catherine Rayner

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Ode to Summer Reading Summer reading’s really cool, But don’t try reading in the pool. It may be neat to splash and swim, But books and water? Very grim. As you float, light as a feather, Soggy pages stick together. Print will blur and ink will smear; It simply isn’t worth it, dear. Truly, you will look a fool If you try reading in the pool. Summer reading’s fun and free, But don’t try reading in a tree. You think it’s great beside a leaf, But that will only lead to grief. Your body bent into a curl— To be run over by a squirrel! Trunks can scrape and branches itch. A hefty wind? You’re in the ditch. It won’t be fun, no sirree, If you try reading in a tree. Summer reading’s neat in shorts, But don’t try reading playing sports. That fly ball will be hard to gauge With your eyes upon the page. And if a book has caught you wholly, You’ll be a lousy soccer goalie. Do not read—please don’t quibble!— While shooting hoops or trying to dribble. You’ll be upset and out of sorts If you try reading playing sports. Summer reading’s fine and dandy On the couch and munching candy. Or it’s good stretched out in bed, A giant pillow ‘neath your head. Or deep within a comfy chair— Hey, reading’s fun most anywhere! It’s great in morning, night, or noon. It’s great right now or pretty soon. Except with sports, in tree, or pool, Summer reading’s really cool!

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What’s Appleton Reading?

summer edition

the top 5 most sought after books at APL

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50 Shades of Grey E.L. James

The Lone Wolf Jodi Picoult

The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

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5 Calico Joe John Grisham

Guilty Wives James Patterson & David Ellis

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The Vow: The True Quiet: The Power The Blood Sugar Solution Events That Inspired Of Introverts In a World Mark Hyman The Movie That Can’t Stop Talking Kim & Krickell Susan Cain Mrs. Kennedy and Me Drift: The Unmooring of Carpenter Clint Hill American Military Power Rachel Maddow

Interested in one of these books? Call 832.6177 to place your hold today! APL Fine Print

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Summer hours are back! Mon - Thurs | 9am - 8pm Fri | 9am - 6pm Sat | 9am - 1pm Sun | Closed Our online branch is open 24/7! Visit us at www.apl.org.

Library Hours Summer | Memorial Day - Labor Day Monday | 9am - 8pm Tuesday | 9am - 8pm Wednesday | 9am - 8pm Thursday | 9am - 8pm Friday | 9am - 6pm Saturday | 9am - 1pm

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Sunday | Closed

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Upcoming Closures Monday | May 28 Wednesday | July 4 Monday | September 3

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