March is National Youth Art month. We are excited to have artwork on display at the library from our local SCC students, kindergarten through 12th grade. This is always a highlight for the community members to be able to see the amazing talent of our students. Please stop by to see what unique materials are used for the displays. Check our library Facebook and Instagram sites for pictures and feel free to share your proud student's work on your social media. Story Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Story times include calendar fun, songs, rhymes, stories and crafts.
March is coming fast! We are partnering with the Roberts Senior Center for a community dinner and live music performed by Patsy O'Brien at 5 p.m. March 8. Dinner will include Irish beef stew, soda bread, relish tray, dessert and Irish coffee. Dinner is $10 person, please RSVP by calling 715-749-3755. Invite friends and family to enjoy the evening of celebrating St. Patrick's Day!
Our goal for the Hazel Mackin Community Library is to provide excellent customer service, fun and educational programs and relevant classes. We are looking for someone to join our team to help us with that goal. A Library Aide position is available at the library and we are taking applications now. The position will be 15-20 hours per week and we need afternoons, evenings and some Saturday hours. For more information, please contact the director, Krissacoleman@robertspubliclibrary.org .
Back to the basics — I know our community has loved the classes we have been offering so I'm excited to share about our upcoming Mending Class on Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The old skills of sewing on a button or stitching up a tear on your shirt isn't really being taught anymore. Be honest, how many of you are using safety pins on these things to just get you by until grandma can take care of it? I've been guilty of the same! Please pre-register by calling the library at 715-749-3849 and stop by the circ desk to pick up the supply list.
February is just around the corner so we are all ready for our annual Blind Date with a Book program! Blind dates can be scary, but picking out a wrapped book to take home is much easier! No, we don't offer dating services at the library, but in celebration of Valentine's Day, participating in this program will get you in the drawing for dinner at Bobtown Brewhouse! For tweens and teens participating the drawing will be for Carbone's.
As many of you have heard, the Central St. Croix News will be coming to an end. I'd like to thank Michelle for including our library column for so many years because this has been a great place to highlight our events, classes and programs every week for our community. It's been so exciting to hear how many people heard about our programs because they read it in the paper. I will still be submitting things to the New Richmond News. You can also get information from our website, Facebook or by receiving my weekly email updates.
I know January feels like settling into the deep freeze of winter and all we want is cozy blankets, a warm fire and the latest series on Netflix. Although Netflix is fairly inexpensive, library materials come at an even better price—FREE.
We are partnering again this year with Adoray to bring our community the program, Silent Nights, Grieving Well through the Holidays. The program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. This time is year can be difficult and stressful just because of all of the to-do lists, planning, shopping, food preparations and general busyness that the holidays can bring. The loss of a loved one is never an easy thing to grasp, but during this season it can be especially hard. Please share our program with anyone who might benefit. Please pre-register by calling Adoray at 715-629-1888.
Halloween Extravaganza is approaching fast! The library is excited to provide a light dinner (hot dogs and chips—you know unhealthy food before the sugar intake happens!) followed by a family friendly show featuring Bob the Magician. Of course there will be candy handed out starting at 5:30 p.m. The show starts at 6 p.m. This program is always a fall highlight here in Roberts. We look forward to seeing you in costume and sharing a laugh at the show!
October is just around the corner. The libraries in St. Croix County have an interactive and wonderful fall bingo game for anyone who wants to participate. Starting Oct. 2, stop by your local library and pick up a bingo sheet and start playing. We will be using regular bingo rules — five spaces across, down or diagonal.