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Summer Reading Wrapup -- July 25

It's time to wrapup our Library Summer Reading programs.

Grand Prize entries and Packer Family Day entries due by noon on Friday, 7/25

We will be drawing the prize winners right after lunch.

11am  --- Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will be presenting "The Industrious Mr. Franklin" in Library Park.  Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.

Noon -- A picnic lunch will be provided by the Belleville Public Library for all summer reading participants and their grownups.

If you earned a Level 6 book prize, you may choose it on Friday or come to the Library the following week.

Music in the Park -- June 3 - July 29

Spend relaxing Tuesday evenings in shady Library Park listening to wonderful music.  Music in the Park concerts continue every Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in June and July.  Music in the Park is presented by Belleville Pubic Library, Belleville Chamber of Commerce, and Belleville Area Cultural Foundation.

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The Friends of Belleville Public Library will be scooping ice cream sundaes for a suggested $1 donation.  A big thanks to UB&T for donating the ice cream.   Bars and ice cream on July 22th.

The Boy Scouts will have a food stand at the park on July 1st, 15th, and 30th.

Doctor Who Fan Party -- July 23

Calling all teen fans of the Doctor Who series.  Bring a friend and geek out at the Library on Wed, July 23, at 7pm.  We'll watch some Doctor Who, make cool Doctor Who crafts, and there will be food, of course.  Wear a costume, and you might win a prize.  For those entering grades 7 - 12.

Friends of the Library Meeting -- July 23

The Friends of Belleville Public Library will hold their quarterly board meeting on Wed, July 23, downstairs at the Library at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome to attend to learn more about the Friends group.  The main topic will be plans for the fall, including a Trivia Contest.
 
Adult Book Discussion -- July 24
 
The July Book Discussion selection is a cozy mystery called Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay.  Join our discussion on Thursday, July 24, at 6:45pm.  Copies of the book are available at the Library.
 
Learn about Book Reviews -- July 31
 
Ever wonder how books get reviewed?  Meet Bobbi Dumas and find out how it happens.  Bobbi is a Madison-based freelance writer who specializes in writing about books.  She reviews, blogs, and writes feature articles for Kirkus Reviews, a premier book review and media site, and is a contributing essayist and book reviewer for NPR.  Teens through adults are invited to learn about the book review process on Thursday, July 31st, at 7pm downstairs at the Library.

Preschool Story Time on Fridays

Storytime will resume on Fridays in September.

Preschoolers, bring your grownup to the library on Fridays at 10am to meet other kids, listen to stories, do a  project, and have a snack.  We have some fun stories and projects planned.


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Green Bay Packers Family Night

Win 4 tickets to the Green Bay Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field on Saturday, August 2.

One entry per adult per library visit.

Entries must be received by noon on July 25th.  Winner will be notified that afternoon.

Activities start at 5:30 p.m. and include a full practice including 11-0n-11 sessions with live contact, a game-like atmosphere with video boards and gameday music, and fireworks at the end of the night.

More Family Night information here.

Tickets were provided to our Library through the Edvest Leap into Reading Program sponsored by Edvest College Savings Plan, the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, and the Green Bay Packers.

Ask for info at the Library about how you can register a child age 14 and under to win a $1,000 Edvest college savings account.  Online registrations must be by July 20 and mail-in registrations must be postmarked by July 14.  Learn more at Leap into Reading.

Libraries Help Us Achieve Our Goals

State Superintendent Tony Evers issued an editorial in honor of National Library Week, observed April 13 to 19, and School Library Month.

In the editorial, Evers notes that libraries, like schools, are a place "where we learn what we need to, to achieve what we want to."

See the full editorial here.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Find out more about how 1000 Books can help get your young child ready to learn to read and be successful in school.

Here are the Numbers for 2013

Belleville Public Library checked out 84,408 items to our library patrons during the year, with almost half being children's materials.  Area residents made good use of the shared resources available from other South Central Library System libraries by requesting 30,590 items.  Usage of ebooks from the state-wide Overdrive system increased by 62% to 1,842 for the year. 

Access to high speed internet is an important service for our community.  Our public computers were used  7,657 times or an average of 24.5 times per day.  The number of monthly wireless connections by patron laptops, phones, and other mobile devices more than doubled over the year.

The library serves as an gathering place for our community where residents can meet for conversation, learning, and entertainment.  In 2013, Belleville Public Library hosted 110 events that drew in almost 3,100 children and adult residents.

I Love My Library Because.......

Recently we asked why people love Belleville Public Library.  Look for their responses on hearts around the library or read the complete list at

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