Lifelong Learning ... in your jammies!
Life-long learning sounds marvelous…until you think about having to travel somewhere with uncertain road conditions, etc.etc. Well…what if all you had to do was fire up your home computer…or turn on your device?
The libraries of the Northern Waters Library Service are thrilled to tell you about our subscription to GALE COURSES. This service will enable you to take classes in anything from…basic accounting to romance writing…web design to conversational French…job search skills to mindfulness and meditation. The offerings are…considerable!
All you need to sign up and take these courses is…a library card! Some of these classes are designed to function as continuing ed credits for educators and health care workers. Employers may accept some of these classes as continuing ed credits or evidence of expertise in various computer programs, such as Excel. If you are past having to worry about any of that, consider taking a class in something you’ve always been interested in…say, drawing or writing your life story or learning a language. Why wouldn’t ya?
We did mention that all you need is a library card…yes?
Here’s the Northern Waters Library Service specific link to the Gale Courses catalog. Take a look and sign up for something today! https://education.gale.com/l-nwater/
Visiting the Homestead: from Research to Reality
Given the number of tv ads we see for DNA testing services, people are pretty interested in learning something about where they came from. Any number of websites out there purport to assist you in researching your family tree. Aside from discovering that you have a famous, or infamous ancestor, one goal of such a search is to discover where, exactly, your family came from. The dream is to not just locate the ancestral home, but to visit it and maybe scare up a few living relatives.
Don’t be fooled by the German sounding last name; Delores Grunwald is as Norwegian as an American can be, with 100% Norwegian ancestry on both sides of her family tree. In the summer of 2018 she, along with a small group of family members and after years of research, traveled to Norway and visited a number of family farmsteads. On Thursday, November 8th she’ll travel to the Forest Lodge Library in Cable to share some of the tools and strategies employed in accomplishing the research and trip planning and to share some slides of their successful journey.
The presentation will begin at 6:30. Grunwald will offer an overview of her family research and explain how to focus that research with a travel goal in mind. She’ll also offer some tips on planning a trip of this nature and share some success stories which include another research project and another trip, this one to Poland and Germany, to visit sites pertaining to her husband’s family.
Check out August Staff Picks!
See what our staff is reading & recommending! http://cable.wislib.org/index.php/staff-picks
We've been keeping it interesting at the Forest Lodge Library this summer! Here's a quick look at some of the events we've offered!
On Friday, June 22nd, Wisconsin born filmmaker John Mitchell came to Cable for a screening of his documentary CHEESEHEADS, a delightful film about...Wisconsin! (yes, it's in our collection...if you missed the screening, you should come and check it out!) Because we like to have fun, we scheduled a tailgate party that took place before the screening, all at the beautiful Cable Community Centre. We had burgers/sliders, beer and root beer and a whole pile of fresh Ellsworth Creamery cheesecurds that the filmmaker arranged to have sent our way. It was a blast!
On Friday, July 6th we offered a Reading Carnival for our younger patrons...and their parents and grandparents. First we had a MAKERSPACE session where our friend Kenton Whitman showed kids how to weave a cool bracelet out of cord. Dee Ann Rasmussen was on hand with her book about her fishing dog. We had some yard games set up behind the Book House, and participating kids got to "fish" for prizes. We offered some lunch and lemonade and wrapped it up with a puppet show from Pam Corcoran.
On Wednesday, July 11th Mark Moran, the mobile antiques appraiser returned to the area. This trip we held our event out at the Namakagon Town Hall. As usual...there were some treasures!
Our Staff Picks for June 2018
Check out staff recommendations! http://cable.wislib.org/index.php/staff-picks
THE BOOK HOUSE 2018
The Book House...that little house adjacent to the library...is OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Saturdays, beginning 5/26/2018. It'll be open every Saturday through Labor Day...(and a few after that!) Book sales are offered by the Katie Flowers Endowment...and all book sales benefit our building fund. C'mon and buy some books! Can't beat these prices!
Progress Report, January 2018
It's been just a bit over a year since the library acquired the property adjacent to us, and, if there's one thing we've learned...it's that everything takes time. Granted, we jumped on the opportunity to purchase the property, not because we had a definite idea of what we wanted to do with it, but, because we saw it as our best opportunity to both remain in our existing (and much beloved) location AND to build a library addition that would allow us to better serve the needs of our communities.
We spent some time talking with people who'd been involved in previous attempts at expansion and with others who'd undergone or were in the process of renovation efforts at their own libraries. Our summer "social" event, A Novel Affair, in addition to showcasing library services and having fun, was an opportunity to engage with our patrons about services they'd like to see offered, and features that would be appreciated in a library addition. We received further input on patrons wishes and needs via Cable Tomorrow, the Town of Cable's ongoing visioning process. Our Board, in a special meeting, reviewed all of this material and defined our own list of what we considered to be essential features of any library addition.
In the last several months we have established an interview committee and have interviewed three architectural firms, all who have some experience working with libraries. We are currently engaged in the process of visiting projects overseen by these various architects, which we hope will assist us in choosing the best fit for our project, community and budget. So far our travels have taken us east to Eagle River. We anticipate visits to Ely, Duluth/Superior and Iron River. While it can sometimes feel as though the process has stalled, these are weighty decisions, and we very much wish to exercise due diligence!
In the meantime, we and our patrons have enjoyed the use of the property! As you are likely aware, The Katie Flowers Endowment cleared out of the Depot out at the Cable Recreation Park and their book sale is now located in what we are calling the Bookhouse on that property. They had open hours nearly every Saturday through the end of September and were also open for Christmas in Cable. The library has used the property for a couple of MAKERSPACE events, one on how to fix your bicycle and another on starting a fire...without a match!
Stay tuned...we'll keep you posted!
And, so you know, we are always open to hearing about what YOU'D like to see in a library addition!
Staff Recommendations December 2017
What's our staff reading and recommending? Take a look! http://cable.wislib.org/index.php/staff-picks
Big News from a Little Library
Why are these people smiling? Well, the rumor you've heard is true. The library ... well, technically the Towns of Cable & Namakagon... purchased the Aldrich property adjacent to the library. We're very excited! We look forward to working with our neighbors, our Towns, our patrons and area businesses in visioning the sort of library addition that will provide wanted and needed services. Stay tuned!
If you would like to be part of our visioning effort we’d be happy and grateful for your input! Please contact Library Director Kristine Lendved, or one of our Board Trustees and let us know you’re interested in participating.
Cable's Serenity Spot
Forest Lodge Library13450 County Highway M
P O BOX 176
Cable, WI 54821
The Forest Lodge Library, a joint library of the Cable and Namakagon communities, is located two blocks east of State Highway 63 on County Highway M in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin.