Library Lynx, September 10, 2013

The summer certainly flew by quickly and now we look toward the shortening of days, cooler weather, fall leaves, and a return to the school year routines.  There is a sense of things slowing down, of leaving the hectic days of summer behind, and finding new ways to fill our days.  The Library has events planned that just might fit into your new fall schedules.

On September 19th, the Library will be teaming up with the Nutrition Site to bring a very special program to the Civic Hall, upstairs in Village Hall.  Please mark your calendars to join us at 10:30 am when Bill Jamerson brings his stories and songs regaling the Civilian Conservation Corps.  According to Mr. Jamerson’s press release, “This is the 80thanniversary of the CCC.  Jamerson will tell stories about the CCC Boys and sing original songs with this guitar.  His presentation is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun.  It’s about people both ordinary and extraordinary, with stories of wit, charm and strength.  The CCC was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of The Great Depression.  During its nine year run beginning in 1933, ninety two thousand young men worked in Wisconsin camps.  There was an average of 46 camps in operation for each year.  The enrollees were paid $1 a day with $25 sent home to their families each month.  The money kept many families from starving.  In Wisconsin, the CCC planted 265 million trees, built 483 bridges, erected over 4,000 miles of telephone poles, constructed 4,300 miles of truck trails, stocked half a billion fish, fought forest fires and built several state parks including Rib Mountain, Interstate, Devil’s Lake, Peninsula Park, Copper Falls and Wyalusing.  They worked with hundreds of farmers, terracing hills, putting up fencing, repairing gullies and providing fertilizer.  The camps not only revitalized Wisconsin’s natural resources, but also turned the boys into men by giving them discipline and teaching them work skills.”  This is a fascinating program that you do not want to miss!  Lunch will be served at the Nutrition Site immediately following Mr. Jamerson’s performance.  If you’d like to join us, please call Joelle at 635-2121 ext. 435 between 9:30am and Noon at least 1 day before the performance to order a lunch.  Hope to see you there!

If you’re interested in discussing pertinent current events issues in a nonjudgmental environment, please consider attending the Poynette Area Discussion Group that will be meeting on Thursday evening beginning at 6:30 pm, commencing September 12, 2013.  The discussion topics for the first three weeks are:  Sept. 12:  Government spending at the federal level; Sept. 19:  Healthcare in the USA; and Sept. 26: Guns, their control, and the Constitution.  The Library provides a great forum for open and respectful discussion of significant issues that face us as citizens.  Please come.

We all face stress in our daily lives, and sometimes it seems that our troubles are insurmountable.  June Paul will be sharing her experiences in dealing with stress when she comes to the Poynette Library on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 pm.  Her book, Praying Our Way through Stress: Drawing Wisdom from the Lord's Life and Prayer, may offer some ideas that would apply to us personally.  Ms. Paul will discuss, according to the Amazon description of her book, “the manifestations and dangers of unresolved stress. How do we respond to stress? What causes the stress in our lives and how did Jesus respond to stress? From the Sermon on the Mount through the Lord's Prayer learn healthier ways of managing stress and helping others to do the same.”  This Author Talk has the potential to change your life for the better.

See you @ the Library!

Kris