Sunday was the seventy-fifth anniversary of Ted Williams making his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox. On April 20, 1939, he got one double in four at-bats, as the Sox lost to the New York Yankees, 2-0. Theodore Samuel Williams ended up playing in Boston for 19 seasons, but during the prime of his career, he served as a navy pilot in World War Two and the Korean War. Leigh Montville’s “Ted Williams: Biography of an American Hero” brings to life this American legend. Also we have Robert Weintraub’s “The Victory Season”, which looks at the end of war and players like Ted Williams coming back to the game. Just added is Boston Globe writer Ben Bradlee’s “The Kid: the Immortal Life of Ted Williams”.
Monday, April 21, 2014
William Shakespeare was the author of at least 38 plays and 154 sonnets. The dramatist, actor, poet and theater manager created the most influential and lasting body of work in the English language. An extraordinary exploration of human nature, Shakespeare contributed thousands of words to the English language and expanded the dramatic possibilities of blank verse, making it mimic the rhythm of speech even as he elevated speech to poetry. He was born 450 years ago on April 23, 1564; check out our display of some of his work, in print and video. He died on his birthday, April 23, 1616.
We are still accepting donations of books, magazines, movies and music for our Spring Book Sale. If you have been spring-cleaning and discovered materials that you no longer use, we will accept them to either add to our collection or put in our sale. The sale, which looks to be one of the largest in years, will be happening on Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, May 11, during regular library hours. Friends of the Library preview night is Wednesday, May 7, 6-7pm. For just $5, you can become a Friend of the Library and enjoy shopping early at each of our book sales.
Please make note that the library will be closing early on Thursday, May 1 at 4 PM for staff training. This inservice is part of an effort to better serve library customers through staff training and development. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning at 8:30 AM. Items may be returned to our book drop, which is always open, located on the Locust Street side of the building.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Our Friends of the Library spring book sale will be held May 8-12 during library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction will be available as well as magazines. This sale will contain a very large selection of children’s books as well as a few surplus furniture items from the former library. The Friends of the Library Preview Night is Wednesday, May 7, from 6-7 PM. For just a $5 membership fee, you can be the first person to look at our book sale before the doors are opened to the public. We have two more sales slated for later this year, and the Friends special preview night is always held the night before the public sale begins. Support the library and become a Friend.
Forty years ago on April 30, 1974, famed actress Agnes Moorehead died in Rochester, Minnesota, at the age of 67. Moorehead was a veteran actress of the stage, screen and television for five decades. This month our lobby display case features some unique items from our library’s archives collection, including newspaper articles, letters, and Christmas cards from Agnes. There are photos of her and her mother Molly, who lived here in Reedsburg. Agnes was a guest speaker for the dedication of the new municipal building in 1971. We have on display the scissors she used when cutting the ribbon that day. Also included in the display are many of the films she appeared in such as Citizen Kane, Jane Eyre and Johnny Belinda, in which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Moorehead is best remembered for her characterization of a sharp-tongued, sarcastic witch in the television series “Bewitched”.