December 2017

A book is a present you can open again and again!
A Note from the Library Director
As I look back at 2017, I think about the wonderful memories folks made at the library this year: Seniors toured the library and learned to use the computer catalog, the Cooney Robotics team led Coding Club for kids, teens made films about the library in Filmless Film Club, young kids participated in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and our wonderful community members came through the library doors to say hello each day. Even as we bid a fond farewell to 2017, we look forward to a super year in 2018: We will celebrate the library's 125th anniversary! Please stay tuned for all the fun on tap for 2018, as we party like it's 1893, when our library began!
Yours in Reading,
Betsy Bleck
Did You Know?
Community Needs Assessment
If you receive a survey from the library or Parks and Rec department, thank you in advance for filling it out and returning it! The survey will help us serve you the best way possible, and will provide important information for our budgeting and short- and long-range planning. To get the best, most useful data possible, it is very important that the randomly selected households that receive the survey respond to it. Didn't receive a survey? The library is always happy to hear your ideas and feedback in person, over
the phone, by email, or via the "Suggestions" box on the library's homepage.
Holiday Closings
The library will be closed Sunday December 24 through Tuesday December 26 for Christmas and Sunday December 31 through Tuesday January 2, 2018 for New Year’s.
News You Can Use
The Libraries Transform Campaign, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals.  February 2018 is going to be an amazing month for Bridges libraries, as we come together to celebrate libraries and show the range of ways we transform communities. 

The Oconomowoc Public Library has been transforming our community for 125 years! 2018 will be a year of celebration and pride as we reflect on how the library and community have transformed together. Stay tuned for details!

  • Transform lives
  • Transform communities
  • Are passionate advocates for lifelong learning
  • Are a smart investment
  • Are less about what they have for people and more about what they do for and with people
The library is all about stories, and we would love for you to share yours! Submit your photos and memories to help us build a memory book for the library’s 125th anniversary in 2018.
Please share your stories and photos online at

Watch for our Teen Advisory Board in the Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm!
Toiletry Drive - December 1 - December 31, 2017
Help a family in need this holiday season! Many families in our community rely on the Oconomowoc Food Pantry for assistance. Please consider donating new unopened items to our toiletry drive in the donation box in the library’s lobby. These items are often difficult to afford and are in short supply at many food pantries. Commonly requested items include: soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, powder, shaving cream, deodorant, sanitary napkins, tampons and lotion.

Children's Programs


Enjoy stories, songs, and a puppet show! FREE! No registration required! Everyone is welcome to join the fun!

(18 mo. and under)

(19-35 mo.)

(36 mo. and up)

(36 mo. and up)
9:00 am
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
10:00 am
11:00 am
11:00 am

December 5 and 6, 2017- Hats and Mittens
Brrrr! Cozy hats and mittens help us stay warm, and reading stories and singing songs help us have fun at the library!

December 12 and 13, 2017 Mouse in the House!
They're little, they're quiet, and they really like cheese! Join us for stories and songs about our tiny mouse friends.

STORYTIME WILL RETURN AFTER THE NEW YEAR - Thanks for a wonderful 2017!
Move & Groove Storytime - Tuesdays, December 5 and 12, 2017 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Feeling the need to shake your sillies out? Join us for Move & Groove Storytime! This special storytime is best for ages 3-5, but the whole family can come and join in the fun!
Baby & Lapsit Storytime - Wednesdays, December 6 and 13, 2017 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Let’s read some stories, bounce to rhymes and songs, and  and play with our friends! For ages 0-18 months with a caregiver.
Move & Groove Storytime at Shorehaven - Monday, December 11, 2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join the library in an event of caring and sharing with our friends at Shorehaven! This intergenerational storytime will feature plenty of moving, shaking, singing, and reading, all in the spirit of being together in our community. We always end storytime with a simple craft to share with our Shorehaven friends. Best for ages 3-5; all are welcome.
Family Pajama Storytime - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
‘Twas a few weeks before Christmas and your family did say, “Let’s go to the library and hear stories today!” Bundle up in your coziest pajamas, bring along some blankets and pillows, and enjoy a holiday storytime with your friends at the library, featuring a reader’s theater production of Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh. Hot chocolate will be served, and all ages are welcome. No registration required.
Saturday Special: Hands-On Holidays - Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
All ages are welcome at this particularly special Saturday Special! This free event will feature multiple holiday crafting stations to make-and-take presents for loved ones! From light-up holiday cards to ornaments and more, there will be many opportunities to make gifts and memories to share. Best for ages 5 and up; all ages are welcome. No registration required.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train - Sunday, December 3, 2017
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop at the South Main Street railway crossing at 6:55 pm. The library lobby will be open for those needing to warm up or use the restroom.
Lego Club - Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
All ages are welcome to join us for this FREE club; however, LEGO Club is best for kids in kindergarten and up. The library supplies the LEGOs, you supply the creativity! No registration required.
Tween Programs
Minecraftivores - Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Oconomowoc Public Library’s first Minecraft Club for tweens and teens! Using MinecraftEdu, players build and create together in a collective world. Minecraft Club focuses on collaborative play, with occasional fun tasks and assignments thrown in. Ages 8 to 12. Space is limited; we recommend coming early.

Teen Programs

animeTeen Anime Club - Thursday December 7, 2017 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Fan of all things anime? Come chat and chew with like-minded anime lovers at the library! Anime Club is a low key gathering where ALL levels of fandom can interact without judgment. Each meeting will include crafts, activities, snacks (themed), and maybe even watching an episode or two. Bring recommendations! 7th -12th grade; no registration required.​
Teen Advisory Board - Monday December 11, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
What programs would you like to see at the library? Can we come up with some fun, new displays? How can you get more volunteer hours AND have fun? You help Miss Caitlin, and she helps you! Together, a new era of teen stuff at the library can emerge. As always, great ideas need brain food, so snacks are included! 7th-12th grade.
Filmless Film Club -
Tuesdays November 28 and December 12, 2017 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

A fan of film? Interested in what it takes to create a film, from start to finish? Our Filmless Film Club writes, directs, acts in, and edits their own films. Join fellow teen filmmakers, and lend (and grow) your expertise in the field of film. Ages 12-18; no registration required.
Teen Game Space
Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
Calling gamers of all kinds! Hang out at the library every other Thursday and play games of all sorts, from card to board to tabletop to video. Have a favorite game? Bring it along and share the fun! Snacks provided by the library. 7th-12th grade; no registration required.​

Adult Programs

Holiday Movie Matinee - Mondays December 4, 11, and 18, 2017 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Enjoy some snacks and a holiday movie at the library this December! Every Monday at 12 pm we'll be showing a favorite holiday film.
  • December 4, 2017 - Love Actually
  • December 11, 2017 - Holiday Inn
  • December 18, 2017 - It’s a Wonderful Life
“Keep It Safe” Financial Education Seminar 
Monday December 4, 2017 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Learn various ways to protect your finances and identity, including general information on consumer protection laws and tips to guard against identity theft and elder financial abuse. Presentation content is a part of the FDIC Money Smart Financial Education Curriculum and is presented by BMO Harris Bank  as a complimentary service to our community. Attendees will receive a Participant Guide containing important security tips, protection checklists and valuable contact information for further consumer protection assistance.
Adult Coloring Club - Monday, December 11, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Feeling stressed? Come relax, listen to music, and color! Adult coloring is a huge trend nationwide - come experience it for yourself and find out why! All supplies will be provided.
Drop-In Genealogy Help - Monday December 18, 2017 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Stop by with your basic genealogy questions, use one of our computers to do some research, and see what resources the library has available for you!
Blood Drive - Friday December 29, 2017 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
For an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit
You can save up to 15 minutes when you donate by booking ahead with RapidPass
Book a Librarian Appointments Available!
Need help with a mobile device or e-reader? Want to learn how to create an email address or apply for jobs online? Come with your technology questions and book an appointment with a librarian for assistance! Appointments are available on a limited month-by-month basis. Call Hope at extension 211 to book a one-on-one half hour appointment.
Library Hours
Monday – Thursday:  9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday:  Summer 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
School Year 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: October – April 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
May – September CLOSED
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