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Prof. Stanley Temple -- Helping Migratory Birds -- Tues., July 7

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Prof. Stanley Temple

The Antigo Public Library Foundation is pleased to bring Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to the Antigo Public Library on Tues., July 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m., for a special program about how we can help Wisconsin’s many migratory birds during the seasons of their lives.

Migratory birds divide their year into four periods: breeding season, fall migration, winter season and spring migration. Conservationists worry about migrants when they encounter human-caused challenges during one or more of these annual seasonal periods. The human-caused challenges can result from direct mortality, the impacts of introduced species, habitat loss and degradation, and the impacts of ecosystem stressors such as pollutants. Migratory birds are the focus of major conservation efforts at local, state, national and international scales. Professor Temple will illustrate the challenges and successes of migratory bird conservation with the stories of Wisconsin species he has studied.

For 32 years, Prof. Temple held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold, and during that time he won every teaching award for which he was eligible. He and his students have helped save many of the world’s endangered species and the habitats on which they depend. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He has received major conservation awards from the Society for Conservation Biology, The Wildlife Society and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.

Don't miss this special program!

Professor Marvel's Super Hero Magic Show -- Wed., July 8 -- 6:45 p.m.

Professor Marvel

Spend an evening exploring the magic of reading with veteran presenters Robert and Lynn Halbrook. This colorful and enchanting experience includes lots of audience participation and features magic and illusions inspired by the books of from Mary Pope Osborne, Michael Chabon, Rick Riordan, and more!

Spend the evening on Wed. Jul. 8 in the McGinley Room at the library. The magic show begins at 6:45 p.m. and will last for one hour.

Teen Comics and Art Workshop -- Thurs., Jul. 9 -- 3 p.m.

Meet other young artists from the community, share ideas and critique, and discuss the publication experience with an indie comics artist at this meetup for teen comic and art enthusiasts. The workshop will run from 3-5 p.m.

Fans are also welcome! Refreshments and video entertainment will be provided.

Youth Talent Show -- Sat., Jul. 18 -- 1 p.m.

Can you sing? Dance? Tell jokes? Do magic? Or do anything else amazing? This is the perfect opportunity to share your talent with the world!

Each act should not exceed 10 minutes, although your act can be less than that if you wish.

Those interested in entering should contact or call 715-623-3724 in order to sign up--and get ready for your star to shine!

The show will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until we're out of acts!

The Frog Guy -- Wed., Jul. 22 -- 4 p.m.

In this amazing and educational hands-on presentation by author, educator, and frog expert Randy Korb, young attendees will get to see and touch a variety of exotic frogs, from tiny spring peepers to big bullfrogs.

An exciting experience that no animal lover should miss! Randy Korb is a former president of the Wisconsin Audubon Council and will also be selling copies of his latest book, Blinky: A Special Grey Tree Frog.

The program will run from 4-5 p.m. in the McGinley Room. Don't miss it!

Summer Program: Every Hero Has a Story

APL's summer program has launched into action with your favorite heroes!

Sign up for the program began on Tuesday, June 9, and young people of all ages are welcome to participate. Stop by the library for a packet to track the books and hours you read during the summer. It isn't too late to sign up!

For a program of all the summer events, open the Summer Calendar of Events.

Our first session of Book Buddies will also start at 9:15 a.m. on Launch Day, Tuesday, June 9. If you haven't signed up yet, stop by the library and register. We currently have more adult listeners signed up than young readers, so please feel free to bring kids by on Tuesday to sign up on the spot!

It promises to be an exciting summer for children and teens. You won't want to miss a single event!

Tuesdays at the Library: Book Buddies and Theater

Book Buddies 9:15 a.m.

Last year's popular program, in which children and adults meet to read and learn together, has returned. This program will run every Tuesday from Jun. 9 to Aug. 3 and is limited to those who have signed up beforehand.

Tuesday Theater 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Stop by the library every Tuesday afternoon for a family movie matinee! Can you guess them all?

Clue for Jun. 23: In this award-winning film from last year, a boy goes on a high-tech balloon ride.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Antigo Public Library recently kicked off its 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Club! This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school—a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves.

One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid literacy foundation—a key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

Also, there are gifts your child can earn for each step of the reading challenge, plus your child can earn stickers to affix to the giant houses we've constructed in the children's area of the library.

Sign up anytime by visiting the library!

Opt In to Text Alerts

cell phone

Cell phone users can opt in to receive text alerts. These alerts include: notice that an item you placed on hold is now available; courtesy notices for items coming due shortly; and overdue notices. Only the patron, however, can choose this option; the library staff cannot "turn on" this feature for you.

Receiving notices via text alert is the fastest means of receiving these notices.

If you're interested, under My Library on the V-Cat catalog home page, select My Account and then Modify Patron Information. Fill in your mobile number (even if you think we already have it), read the terms and conditions for receving alerts, check the Opt In box, and scroll to the bottom and click Submit. If you have previously chosen to receive email or phone notices, you will still receive these, but text alerts will be sent in addition to the other means.

You must have both an email account and a cell phone in order to opt in to text alerts.

New Features of the Online Catalog

New Catalog


There are a number of new features in the Sierra online catalog, some of which will be new to patrons.

Reading History and Reading Lists
Patrons have long wanted to be able to keep lists of what they have already checked out from the library, as well as lists of what they want to read.  Now they can do just that!   Both are very useful tools, but they function quite differently.

  • Reading History
    Keeping a history of everything you check out in Sierra is not an option that every user wants.  Because of the Patriot Act, all such reading histories can be subject to subpoena.  However, users are given the option of opting in to this feature if they wish.  Sierra will NOT keep a Reading History unless you tell it to do so.
  • Reading Lists
    You can create multiple Reading Lists at any time in the catalog , and, from these lists, you can place holds on items.

Using the Book Bag
The book bag is a handy tool when  you want to request more than one item at a time or add more than one item to a reading list. Just as in an online store, you can collect items in a bag (similar to a shopping cart, but free) so that you can save time and effort in performing a single transaction rather than a multitude of individual ones. Fill up your bag and then request everything with one click, or put your bagged items in a saved list.

OverDrive Functioning with Sierra but Different

OverDrive with Sierra

The patron data from Sierra has been moved to the OverDrive site where users are accustomed to checking out their eBooks and downloading audiobooks. However, there is one change: patrons will still select Antigo Public Library (if you use one of our branch libraries, select the branch after Antigo) as their library, but they will now be prompted for both their barcode and PIN from Sierra.

One of the many differences between our old software and the new Sierra is that staff can no longer look up patron's PIN numbers. These have been encrypted, so, if you've forgotten or lost your PIN number, you will have to change it. Staff can change your PIN for you, but they can't read what it originally was.

We've also heard from a number of patrons, who are avid users of OverDrive but haven't checked out materials from the library in some time, that their barcodes no longer work in OverDrive. We regret to say that their records were probably deleted before the data was migrated to the new system.

The use of OverDrive doesn’t register as circulation in the old or new library software, so if someone only uses their library card for OverDrive, in our software the card appears to be inactive.  If you are one of the unfortunates who can no longer access OverDrive because your record was purged, please stop by the library and we'll set you up with a new library card and PIN.

If you're one of our snowbirds who isn't likely to visit us until the ground thaws, send us an email, and we'll try to set up a new account for you.

Community Events Calendar

See what's going all of Langlade County!



A great number of community-oriented people are pooling their resources to develop a one-stop calendar for the residents of Langlade County. Personnel at the City of Antigo, Langlade County Economic Development, the Antigo Public Library, Chamber of Commerce, Family Corner Resource Center, UW-Extention, and the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County have found an online calendar where all community events can be entered. The Antigo School District events are included as well. This calendar will grow with the community and your input!

Just click on the date you are interested in, and that day's events will be displayed.

Please take a look and tell us what you think!