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"Libraries are anything but quiet: they resound with centuries of knowledge and human experience -- and I can think of no more perfect music!" 
~ Kristen Kittscher
A Note from the Library Director
Dear Friends,
May is a month of preparation at the library...preparing for the summer reading program! As you know if you have ever visited the library during the months of June or July, summer is an extraordinarily rich and fun-filled time around here. This year, the theme of the summer reading program is "Libraries Rock!" There will be special activities for all ages, and a reading program for every age as well. Please stay tuned for our full summer schedule of events, coming soon!
Yours in Reading,
Betsy Bleck, Library Director 
Did You Know?
Summer By the Numbers:
  • Ms. Caitlin and Ms. Jennie gave their summer reading presentation to 4,070 students at 12 Oconomowoc area schools in May 2017
  • There are over 130 hours of programming for kids, teens, and adults planned for this summer
  • 100 adults, 235 teens, and 1,587 children registered for summer reading in 2017
  • 87,200 items were checked out last summer
  • There are more than 8 dozen events planned at the library this summer
Quasquicentennial Corner
Commemorative 125th anniversary shirts were sold in April and will be available for pick-up in in mid-May. 
Save the Date -
125th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, August 25, 2018
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Please join us for the library’s 125th anniversary party! Hands-on historical activities, balloon animals, music, and of course
. . .cake!

News You Can Use
2018 Summer Reading Program: Fun Facts!
Summer reading registration opens on Monday June 4, and we can hardly wait to get all of our fun events, activities, and reading underway! In the meantime, here are a few things you might not know about the summer reading planning process:
  • We start planning summer reading in the fall! The last reading records are barely turned in before we begin thinking about next year. It’s not uncommon for us to have a performer or two already booked before the winter holidays!
  • We have amazing donors in our community and surrounding area! We rely almost entirely on the generosity of area businesses and organizations to provide us with the coupons and incentives you receive for reading all summer long, and we try to come up with the best uses for their donations. Please give a great big “Thank you!” to them when you redeem your coupons!
  • We get by with a little help from our Friends. When you purchase books at the library book sale, that money goes to the Friends of the Oconomowoc Public Library, who dedicate their time and energy to raise funds for the library. The prize books you select and some of the performers you see may well be courtesy of the Friends!
  • Your feedback is invaluable and definitely goes toward helping us improve the program each year. We release an end-of-summer survey for our summer reading participants to complete. We love your ideas and input, as they often help us tweak and perfect the program from year to year!
Starting in May the library will be closed on Sundays through September.  We will reopen on Sundays the first weekend in October.
The library will be closed Saturday May 26, Sunday May 27, and Monday May 28, 2018 in honor of Memorial Day.

New for 2018:
Kids and Teens can
Register for Summer Reading
Online or In Person!
Registration opens June 4. 
Registration opens
Monday, June 4, 2018 

The Oconomowoc Public Library presents its 2018 summer reading program, “Libraries Rock!” The summer reading program is open to all ages from babies to adults, with programs, prize drawings, storytimes, presenters, and more. All programs are free of charge. For more information, please call the library at 262-569-2193 or visit
Storytime is on hiatus for the month of May. See you for summer storytimes starting June 5!  
Storytime with Elephant & Piggie!
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Meet your good friends Elephant and Piggie at this special storytime! The program will include stories about your favorite friends, dancing, activities, and a craft. Plus, a meet-and-greet and photo op with the stars themselves! Don't miss it! Best for ages 3-6; all ages are welcome.
Little Hands Workshop
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm 
Hands-on learning and play for young children! Filled with sensory activities, play literacy, and more, these workshops feature fun learning and developmental experiences. For ages 0-5 years.
Lego Club
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Build, challenge, and create at our monthly LEGO Club! Use the library’s abundance of LEGOs to try out a special building challenge, complete STEM projects, or just use your imagination to build with friends and family. Best for ages 5 and up; no registration required. 
Saturday Special - Star Wars Tea Party
Saturday, May 5, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oh, no! It’s the Revenge of the Fifth, and we need all of our rebels to protect the library! But we can’t fight evil with empty stomachs, so join us for some Star Wars-themed snacks and drinks first. Intergalactic activities included! Best for ages 5 and up; all are welcome.
Teen Game Space
Thursday, May 3, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Calling gamers of all kinds! Hang out at the library and play games of all sorts. Enjoy a snack provided by the library!
Teen Advisory Board
Monday, May 14, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
What programs would you like to see at the library? Can we come up with some fun, new displays? How do I 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
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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. No registration required. 
Teen Volunteers Needed for 2018 Summer Library Program
Applications are now available for teens looking for volunteer hours at the library this summer! Applications are available at the checkout desk. Please return them to the checkout desk when finished. Teens must be entering 7th grade through 12th grade.

Applications will be accepted until May 31 or until positions are filled. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions, please email Caitlin at or call (262) 569-2193 ext. 210. Thank you for your interest in helping the library!
Welcome to Medicare Presentation
Monday, May 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
This program will cover the basic parts of Medicare (A, B, C, D) and how they work. Information will be provided on how to enroll, available insurance options, and the drug coverage requirement. Lower-income benefit programs will also be reviewed. The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County (ADRC) is a single access point for publicly funded long term care in Waukesha County. The ADRC provides information, assistance, counseling and supportive services for older adults age 60 and above; caregivers; adults with physical or developmental disabilities; and adults with mental health or substance abuse concerns.  
Movie Matinee
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Join us for a movie and snacks!
May 7
dunkirk, dvd
May 14
marshall, dvd
May 21
The Big Sick
the big sick, dvd
Adult Coloring Club
Monday, May 7, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Feeling stressed? Come relax and color! All supplies will be provided.
Drop-In Genealogy Help
Monday, May 21, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

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!
Route 66- America's Main Street
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Take a ride on America’s most famous highway, Route 66. Folk singer and humorist, Craig Siemsen, will explore the 2,448 miles of songs, stories, legends, and humor of Route 66. Often called Blue Highways, our two lane roads were once the backbone of an emerging country. This program offers a little history and a lot of fun!
Book a Librarian Appointments Available!
Try a Book a Librarian appointment to learn your new phone, tablet, or computer. Call Hope Kramer at (262) 569-2193 ext. 211 or email to book a one-on-one half-hour appointment.
Movers for Moms is holding a toiletry drive at the Oconomowoc Public Library! Through May 8, please drop off new, unopened personal care items, linens, and non-perishable food in the large box in the library's lobby. Thank you!
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