May 2017
Upcoming Event:
Support the Library!
Support the Library by joining our Golf Classic! Sunday, June 11th we'll be at Eagle River Golf Course for our 24th Annual Golf Classic to benefit the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library. The 4-person Team Scramble starts with a shotgun start at 1pm (Registration is online or opens on the 11th at 11:30am). We'll have prizes, silent auction items, raffle gifts and more to tickle your golfer and library-related sides! We'll wrap up the day with a buffet dinner and award ceremony at the 28 Lakes Alehouse located at the Eagle River Golf Course; dinner is served at 5:30pm. 

Programs for Adults
Afternoon Book Discussion Group
Join us for our monthly meeting on May 11  at 1:00 p.m. We meet in the community room at the Ministry location (150 E. Hospital Road).  We will be reading "The Light Between Oceans" by M. L. Stedman. This novel tells the story of a light house keeper and his wife who find a life boat containing a live baby (and dead man) on the shore of their isolated island. Through a mixture of misplaced intentions and unsupported superstition they decide to raise the child as their own. 

Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Arts on Tap
FILM:  The Quilt Makers of Gee’s Bend Film

In celebration of Quilts, Mending and Stitching this month, the library's collaboration with Arts on Tap features a special screening of the documentary film, "The Quilt Makers of Gee’s Bend".

This uplifting, Emmy-winning PBS film tells the modern-day “Cinderella” story of the quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Artists born into extreme poverty, they live to see their quilts hailed by a The New York Times art critic as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.”

This free offering is co-sponsored by the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library and WXPR public radio. Free program and popcorn with beverages available for purchase from the Inspiration Bar.  LOCATION: The Warehouse, 107 S. Railroad St., Eagle River, WI 54521 , Tel: 715-479-4060.

Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
LECTURE: Contemporary Mending Lecture with Heidi Parkes

Join Heidi Parkes, special guest artist at The Warehouse, for a lecture on a contemporary approach to mending clothes, quilts and more. She will talk about the cultural context and her own personal practice as a life long mender and quilter. This lecture is a kick off to a day of mending and quilting on Saturday, May 20, at The Warehouse.  This talk is FREE, and you may choose attend only the lecture, however if you’d like to attend Saturday’s mending and quilting day, pre-registration and payment is required.

The Mending and Quilting Weekend is sponsored by the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library.  LOCATION: The Warehouse, 107 S. Railroad St., Eagle River, WI 54521 , Tel: 715-479-4060.

Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

SERIES: Pushing the Limits of Knowledge
Join us Friday evening on May 19 at 5:30 p.m. for our fourth, and final, session of Pushing the Limits, a National Science Foundation discussion series.  We are discussing the theme of "knowledge" as discovered in the book "Land of the Painted Caves" by Jean Auel.  The last book in Auel’s bestselling “Earth’s Children” series brings readers back to the time when Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons connected and to a world when genetic memory and experiential knowledge combined to influence which branches on the human tree survived.  We will view two related short video clips.

This is a casual evening of discussion with free refreshments and door prizes!  Note:  you do NOT have to finish reading this book to participate!

Date: May 19, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
WORKSHOP: Contemporary Mending with Heidi Parkes
Learn visible and invisible mending techniques from special guest, quilt artist Heidi Parkes.

Heidi Parkes introduces a contemporary approach to mending clothes, quilts, and more. Learn techniques that will maintain fit, drape, comfort, and the wearability of your clothes.

Parkes blends this traditional technique with new insights based on comfort, strength, and beauty. Believing that a mend should never apologize for itself, you will learn to make repairs with confidence!

This special workshop is sponsored by Walter E. Olson Memorial Library.  Click here to contact the Warehouse for registration information.  LOCATION: The Warehouse, 107 S. Railroad St., Eagle River, WI 54521 , Tel: 715-479-4060.

Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
FEE:  $20
AGES:  grade 6 through adult, For All experience levels. P re-registration required!
WORKSHOP: Improvisational Hand Quilting with Heidi Parkes

Join artist Heidi Parkes to learn the technique and art of hand quilting on whole cloth or patchwork. Parkes has researched techniques from Japan, India, Korea, and America’s Amish, Black, Native American, and ‘Western’ traditions, to develop a unique hybrid that celebrates the visibility of the hand in each stitch.

Parkes is based in Milwaukee, WI, and travels around the country teaching quilting and mending techniques. In 2016 at The Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon she won 1st place for Handwork, and second place for Improvisation. In 2017, she was once QuiltCon’s faculty teachers. Parkes frequently teaches at The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. She is an active voice in the contemporary quilting community. She exhibits her work in galleries, and museums as well.

This special workshop is sponsored by Walter E. Olson Memorial Library.  Click here to contact the Warehouse for registration information.  LOCATION: The Warehouse, 107 S. Railroad St., Eagle River, WI 54521 , Tel: 715-479-4060.

Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 1 PM - 4 PM
FEE:  $20
AGES:  grade 6 through adult . P re-registration required!
OML Seed Library
COMMUNITY GROW OUT:  Olson Memorial Seed Library presents... A Community Grow Out -  Calendula!
Only May 26 and May 27

Come to the library and receive a FREE calendula plant for your garden! While supplies last !
  • WATCH your flowers grow.

  • USE THEM for eating, medicinal properties and/or for natural dyeing.

  • SAVE SEEDS and return some to the library in the fall.
LOOK for upcoming programs to learn how to make botanical body care products, how to dye, and how to save seeds at the library. 
Sponsored by  Vilas County Master Gardeners

Olson Memorial Library has a Seed Lending Library open to all!  How does it work? Choose one or two seed packets from the recycled card catalog in the east hallway. They are free - really!  No residency required. To learn about Olson Memorial Seed Library, visit their Facebook page .

Change your mind, or have more than you need?  Bring them back to Olson Memorial Library and we will make them available to other gardeners. At the end of the season, if your plants have made seeds for you, please bring some to Olson Memorial Library, so that they may continue to sponsor the Seed Lending Library.

We would love to see photographs of your plants from the Olson Memorial Seed Library!  Please share them with us, and we may post them to the Olson Memorial Seed Library Facebook page!
Children's Programs
All programs are offered at no charge to the public. Registration is required for some programs.  Please register in person at the library or by calling 715-479-8070.

Family Story Hour and Playgroup (ages 2 - 5)
Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24, & 31, 10:00am (program); 11am - 12pm (playgroup)

Enjoy 45-60 minutes of rhymes, songs, and other activities for the young, then stay (or not) for a one-hour open play group.  Younger siblings are welcome! No registration.

Quincy! The Tail Wagging Tutor (all ages)
Thursdays, May 11, 18, & 25, 3pm - 3:30pm
Courtesy of Ms. Nancy - thank you!
Bring a book of your choice, or select one from the Library's shelves to read to our friendly dog, Quincy, for 5 minutes. You may read for a longer time if there are fewer readers. Sign-up sheet is on the counter near Ms.Pat's desk, or call to secure a spot.
Crafts, Games, Legos! for Kids (ages 5 - 12)
Saturdays, May 6, 13, 20, & 27, 1pm - 3pm
Come to the library with friends or family play board games--Milles Bornes, Aggravation, dominoes or new games if more participants come. Or, try out our magnetic building blocks or the Legos. Kids 12 and under need to bring an adult with them.  
Snap Circuits Table (all ages)
Anytime the library is open
Parents and kids can visit a special Snap Circuit table located in the front entrance area. You can experiment with electricity using circuits contained in plastic snaps (there is no danger of injury or connecting something improperly!).  Use our experiment and project books and directions to construct a project.  We ask that an adult accompanies and works with the child at this station.

Reading Programs (birth to grade 5)
Anytime the library is open
Our reading programs 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and On Beyond 1000 Books encourage all children to develop a readiness and love for reading and to encourage reading and learning how to read. Parents are invited to stop in and sign up their children.  We offer incentives for child participants such as a free book from our Cheetah Curtain stash for each 100 books read. Check out our banners. in the kids area.  Registration and  Record sheets are available from Ms. Pat or at the circulation desk.  

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