April brings about many activities at the library. We will be doing our annual food drive with Food for Fines April 1-30. For every non-perishable item brought in you will receive $1 off your fines. All donated food goes to our local food pantry in Roberts. It's a great time to help get the pantry stocked for the fast approaching summer months. If you or someone you know needs access to food shelves robertspubliclibrary.org/about-us/ has many options listed for the surrounding communities.
We are thrilled to announce the winner of our Teen Mural Contest, SCC senior Sara Nyhus. "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." George R.R. Martin is the quote that the Teen Advisory Board selected to be the theme for the mural. Sara will be working to complete this mural which will be the final piece to the new teen area at the library. We are thrilled with her vision and we are excited to see this area come to a completion. Sara is one of the many artists that has work on display at the library for National Youth Art Month.
Do you love Chinese food? If so, we have a great program for you! On Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m., chef and author, Peter Kwong will be joining us for a Chinese 101 wok cooking demonstration. His recipes are easy and simple to follow, and so are the cooking procedures. Many times, his students would taste the foods that they made, and exclaimed, "My, this is the best I have yet tasted; and it is so easy and simple!" Why waste a lot of time searching for different ingredients, and more time in prepping and cooking? Peter's philosophy about eating is to share and have fun. Agree?
For the New Year we have a fun class being offered so start things out right in the area of health. Beginning yoga is a great class for those who want to learn more about yoga and its many benefits. Yoga can build strength, increase flexibility and muscle tone, reduce stress and increase lung capacity with the principles of foundation, alignment and breath. All levels are welcome and this is for ages 14 and up.
We are thrilled to host you and your family for our holiday event 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the library. Celebrate the season by taking pictures with Santa, enjoy cider and cookies, make and take crafts and live music with Joyful Brass. It is always a night of joy and great memories! Feel free to invite your neighbors for a free night out on the town.
Halloween is just around the corner and we are getting ready for all kinds of fun for every age. Our Halloween Extravaganza is Wednesday, Oct. 31 with trick or treating available right after the elementary parade in the afternoon. Starting at 5:30 p.m. we will have hot dogs, lemonade, cider and popcorn available on a first come, first served basis. The Magic Show starts at 6 p.m. and is appropriate for younger children. As always, everything is free for the public so enjoy your local library's festivities on Halloween.
Something new in the County-a Traveling Book Club! We are excited to have several of the county libraries join efforts to get people out in other communities and enjoy meeting new people to have great discussions on a book each month. The first meeting will be on Oct. 18, at the Phoenix Grill in Baldwin. We will be discussing "The Same Sky" by Amanda Eyre Ward. Come at 6 p.m. to order food if you like and book talk will start about 6:30 p.m. Call your local library to order your book and register for the book club. The group will typically meet the third Thursday of the month.
Grandparents Day is just around the corner so we are hosting an event on Saturday, Sept. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. to honor grandparents and their grandchildren. Crafts, games and snacks will be provided. Call the library to register so we can plan for enough supplies. If you don't have grandparents in the area, feel free to bring someone in their place. Monday Movie Matinees: 1 p.m. on Aug. 27, is Brittany's Pick. Popcorn is served at every movie day.
It's hard to believe we are already moving into August! We are celebrating all of the reading achievements at our Summer Reading Finale on Aug. 1, 6-8 p.m. This year's finale is all about the water. Dress appropriately because the chances of getting wet are very high. We have so many awesome games and fun challenges involving water. Parents don't worry, you should be fairly safe to stay dry, but if you are inclined, please bring your own big water guns to join in on the games. We will have snacks, henna, face painting and a dunk tank in addition to the water games.
Summer is flying by and we all feel it as the Fourth of July is now a memory. We are getting prepared with the exciting Touch-a-Truck event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18 at the Roberts Park. We are partnering with the Village of Roberts, Roberts and Warren Fire and Rescue, the Roberts Police Department, WITC, St. Croix County, Nilssen's Foods, local farmers and citizens to bring together an amazing array of semi trucks, fire trucks, tractors, big machines, ambulance and even a helicopter.