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"Know all men by these presents, that the undersigned adult residents of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby make sign and agree to the following. The undersigned have establish and maintain a public library in the City of Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, State of Wisconsin, which shall be for the free use of all residents of said city and vicinity. The name of such corporation shall be 'Oconomowoc Library Association.'" 
~ Oconomowoc Library Association Articles of Organization, August 25, 1893
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A Note from the Library Director
Dear Friends,

This month marks the 125th anniversary of the Oconomowoc Public Library! I hope you will join us for our 125th anniversary party on Saturday, August 25 from 2-5 pm at the library. There are more party details elsewhere in this newsletter, and I hope you will agree that the party promises to be fun and fabulous for folks of all ages! 

This month, we will also highlight some amazing aspects of our library's history. For example, did you know that for the 97 years between 1917 and 2014, there were only three library directors? Do you know about the somewhat scandalous past of the library's griffins? Did you know that a wacky array of products, foods, and world events also turn 125 this year (such as Cracker Jack, the brownie, and the zipper?) Please stay tuned to the library during this anniversary month, so we can celebrate this milestone together!

Yours in Reading,
Betsy Bleck, Library Director
News You Can Use
Patrons will notice something new on their checkout receipts these days. The receipts now tell patrons how much money they saved by using the library. The receipt also shows what the patron has saved year-to-date. Your library card is the most valuable money saver in your wallet!
Quasquicentennial Corner
Our beloved library began 125 years ago. The entire library was in one room, and it was called the “Oconomowoc Library Association.” We are so excited to celebrate our anniversary on August 25, 2018!
So we have created a time travel card catalog machine! Our machine has 30 drawers. (It is actually a card catalog).

When you open each drawer, a scroll awaits you. Simply pull the purple ribbon on each scroll to reveal an 1893 event, invention, news story, and more!
Did You Know?
Good news! We have openings in our lobby display case schedule through December 2018. Visit our website for more information.

Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! FREE! No registration required! Everyone is welcome to join the fun!
Little Library Lovers Storytime:
Ages 0 to 35 months

10:00am - 10:30am
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 
Rock ‘n’ Read Storytime:
Ages 3 to 5 years

11:00am - 11:30am
Wednesday, August 1, 2018   
Move & Groove Storytime at Shorehaven
10:00am - 11:00am, Monday, August 13, 2018
Join the library in an event of caring and sharing with our friends at Shorehaven!
Back-to-School Challenge - August 6 - 31, 2018
Looking for something to do now that the Summer Reading Program has ended? Keep your brains moving and grooving with our Back-to-School Challenge! Visit the information desk starting Monday, August 6 to pick up your challenge sheet. Complete activities and reading as instructed, and return it to the library by Aug. 31 for a prize! Free for all students starting 4k through 6th grade. 
Coding Showcase
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
From no-tech to hi-tech, we’re cramming as much coding as possible into one afternoon!
Teen After Hours - Food Frenzy
5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday, August 3, 2018
Chopped challenge? Cupcake Wars? Candy buffet? Need I say more??? 
Memory Café - 10:30am - 12:00pm, Friday, August 3, 2018
Learn the A(Bee)Cs of beekeeping in Wisconsin and taste some honey! 
Adult Coloring Club - 4:30pm - 6:00pm, Monday, August 20, 2018
Feeling stressed? Come relax and color! All supplies will be provided.
Blood Drive - 9:00am - 2:00pm, Friday, August 31, 2018
For an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit You can save up to 15 minutes when you donate by using RapidPass!
125th Anniversary Celebration - 2:00pm - 5:00pm Saturday, August 25, 2018
Please join us for the library’s 125th anniversary party!
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