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Mango Languages

Try out our exciting demo!

The library is considering investing in Mango Languages, an online resource which focuses on teaching conversational languages. 

How many languages?  72, including English as a second language and American Sign Language.

Mango Languages’ PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in over 70 languages and makes it fun; no snoozefests here.  And with free mobile apps and learning through film, it’s no wonder Mango is the most popular language-learning resource for library patrons.

Until Jul. 10, we will give you access to a demo of this product, if you agree to give us feedback on its value to you, ease of use, and reliability.

Interested in trying out the demo?  If you have an email address, stop at the desk, and we’ll send you the link for the demo.  But please give us your feedback about this product.

2016 Summer Library Program

We have launched the summer program, "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!" summer reading program for kids and the "Get in the Game: Read" program for teens. You can still get involved! Participants can record their reading and earn small weekly prizes or enter to win a drawing.

Stop by the library for details and to pick up a guide to our summer activities, including visits from the Traveling Lantern Theatre, Tom Pease, amazing animals, a Star Wars fan party, movie showings, teen game nights, and more! A copy of Events for Kids is available here, and the Events for Teens are here.

Russia and America: War or Peace -- A Talk with Gerald Mikkelson -- June 23

Gerald Mikkelson

Gerald Mikkelson, Antigo Native

Please join us on Thursday, June 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion of our country’s interactions with Russia.  These interactions are complex and often seem contradictory.

On the one hand, Russia’s foreign minister and our secretary of state meet in Geneva trying to agree on a means of ending Syria’s tragic civil war.  On the other hand, Russian jet fighter planes buzz American warships in international waters.  U.S. astronauts and Russian cosmonauts cooperate aboard the international space station.  Russian athletes use strength enhancing drugs when participating in international sports competitions.  

Such contradictory signs have always characterized relations between the United States and Russia (formerly the U.S.S.R.).  As the world’s two most heavily armed nations during the Cold War, we had intercontinental nuclear weapons pointed at each other’s cities.  Nevertheless, we found ways of working together on joint scientific endeavors and in sponsoring cultural and educational exchanges.

Recent events in post-Cold War Eastern Europe have brought NATO and Russian troops in close proximity to each other, supporting opposite sides in the strife and hostilities between Russia and other countries, now independent, like Ukraine, the Baltic nation of Estonia, and Poland.

Does this mean chances are Russia and the United States, still armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons, are likely to go to war against each other?

An Antigo native and a Fulbright scholar, Gerald Mikkelson is Professor Emeritus at Kansas University, and he has served as a visiting lecturer in several Russian universities. 

This is an evening you won’t want to miss!

Introducing Miss Humblebee's Academy -- for Preschoolers

Register Your Child Today!

Miss Humblebee's Academy prepares your 3-6 yr old child for success in kindergarten and beyond! This interactive online learning program provides hundreds of lessons developed based on standards from the U.S.Dept. of Education, Head Start, and more. Children are guided toward kindergarten proficiency while completing fun activities that introduce key concepts in math, science and social studies, language and literacy, art, and music.

Sound cues allow children to work independently while assessements and progress reports measure improvements and allow you to track learning. Best of all, Miss Hunblebee's Academy is accessible on computers and tablets at home or on the go, making learning possible anytime and anywhere!

Stop by the library to pick up a Getting Started flyer with the password.

2016 -- Year of Changes.....Many, Many Changes

Something to Celebrate!

Appearing in the local paper recently, you may have noticed several invitations to bid for work at the library in Antigo. The scope of the work, which is tentatively scheduled for Sept. of 2016, involves:

  • replacing the carpet in the main library and in the staff areas
  • repainting the walls
  • replacing the obsolete circulation desk
  • bringing in a security system which will allow for self check-out and enhanced security

That's just the major work! When will all this be taking place?

Plan ahead! The library will be closed for all of Sept., and quite possibly the last couple of days of August. Dates will be confirmed once we move closer to these renovations.

In the meantime, the staff is very busy conducting inventories, removing old and obsolete items from the circulating materials, and working to bring RFID security to the library when we re-open in October.

We are very grateful to the following entities for making all of this renovation possible:

  • City of Antigo
  • Langlade County
  • Suick Foundation
  • and many donors who are quietly working to make all this possible.

We think this is all worth celebrating!

Pay Your Fines Online -- Starting Jan. 1, 2016

For full instructions and FAQ, click on ECommerce FAQ

Beginning Jan. 1, you will be able to pay your fines/charges online with the following credit or debit cards: Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.

Go to the library catalog (V-Cat), and log into your account (under My Library in upper left corner). You can pay one or more of any given charges, but you will not be able to pay only a portion of any one charge. There is a minimum of $3.00; payments for less than this amount will not be accepted. Payments will be secured and credited to your library account immediately.

Please be advised: the library staff CANNOT do this for you at the staff terminals. Library staff will NOT handle anyone's credit or debit cards.

Donation Criteria -- Effective Immediately

Recycling is a poor use of
tax dollars!

We always appreciate it when people think of the library, and we often receive some wonderful donations which we can use in the library or sell in the annual sale. For the last couple of years, however, we've been receiving donations of items which we have to immediately recycle, and we have to pay the costs of recycling with taxpayer dollars.

The avoid such a poor use of tax dollars, we have developed the following donation criteria, and all donations will be screened before they are accepted to eliminate the following:

  • Encyclopedia sets and old manuals
  • VHS tapes and textbooks
  • items which are in poor condition (mildew, smells, stains, mold, etc.)
  • Items which require repair: and
  • Items which are too old

We hope you will respect our wish to not waste tax dollars for recycling.

Wireless Access to End After Hours in Antigo and White Lake

No Wireless Access After Hours

The library staff in Antigo has been struggling for some time with people congregating around the building after hours to use the wireless.  Some of these people have been very destructive and disrespectful of public property.  The recent excellent landscaping work around the building has been trampled and torn up by some of these people, and the only reason they are gathering around the building at night is to access the wireless. It has, therefore, become necessary to eliminate access to the wireless when the library is not open.

“We are not happy with this necessity,” said Cynthia Taylor, Library Director.  “We would much prefer to be able to provide wireless access 24/7.  But the ongoing issues with property destruction, littering, and inappropriate behavior have forced us to adopt this action.”

Access will be restored again by 8:30 a.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.  The wireless will remain inaccessible on Sundays.

The Village of White Lake has asked the library to make the wireless inaccessible in the evenings and on weekends for the same reasons. At this village branch of the library, the wireless will be inaccessible after 6 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.

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.

Features of the Online Catalog

New Catalog

Brochures:

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.

 

14-Jun-2016
 
 

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