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Big Read Kick-off Event

Jay Jennings, who has been a longtime friend and mentored by fellow author of True Grit, Charles Portis, will be our Keynote Speaker for the evening. Please join us for an exciting and fun-filled evening as we saddle up to Kickoff this wonderful community event.

Event Location: Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144

Date: Fri, Oct 7, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Book: True Grit

Old Weird America: “Dancer in the Sand”—Marta Becket Thursday Dec.13 at 6pm, Northside Library

In 1967, NYC dancer Marta Becket and got a flat tire at a ghost town in the middle of Death Valley. Instead of getting out of there as fast as possible—Marta became enchanted—bought a ruined theater and spent the rest of her life making it into an oasis of beauty—building, painting, writing, dancing—mostly alone—until the rest of the world discovered her world and began to make the trek to the wonderland she called Amargosa. Come see and hear about the magical world of this remarkable artist who spent 50 years dancing in the desert sands.

Following Foxconn - Updated 11/28/2018

An active collection of articles following the development of Foxconn.

Foxconn Timeline

 

  1. The office of the Governor of WI has a comprehensive outline of the events/decisions surrounding Foxconn from July 2017 to Sept 2017: (https://walker.wi.gov/foxconn-chooses-wisconsin)

  2. Another timeline of Foxconn from August 2017 to present: (https://www.wiscontext.org/foxconn-and-economic-development-wisconsin)

  3. August 1, 2017 - GOP debate on budget & Foxconn deal: (https://www.wpr.org/gop-leaders-clash-over-prioritizing-state-budget-foxconn-deal)

  4. August 17, 2017 - Wisconsin Assembly Pass Foxconn: (https://www.wpr.org/assembly-passes-3b-foxconn-incentive-package)

  5. The State legislature approves the Foxconn deal on September 14, 2017. (https://www.wpr.org/legislature-approves-3b-incentive-package-foxconn)

  6. An expanded timeline, July to November 2017, from the Governor’s office, was published along with a fact sheet regarding Foxconn. (https://walker.wi.gov/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-foxconn-wisconsin)

  7. Around this time in Sept. the Mayor of Kenosha announced that the city was pulling out of the Foxconn deal. (http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/state-and-regional/as-mayor-cites-concerns-with-bill-kenosha-quits-foxconn-hunt/article_0223d297-9ffa-5554-be41-4f2de0870575.html)

  8. Concurrently with these events in September, the Foxconn deal was found to be possibly unconstitutional by a nonpartisan study. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef2SmvNPf1A) & (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-foxconn-wisconsin-law-20170920-story.html)

  9. October 4, 2017 - Racine Foxconn site announcement (Audio): (https://www.wgtd.org/news/audio-foxconn-heading-mount-pleasant)

  10. November 8, 2017 - Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) approves Foxconn contract. (https://www.wpr.org/wedc-board-approves-3b-foxconn-contract)

  11. February 5, 2018 - Foxconn HQ setup in Milwaukee: (https://www.wpr.org/foxconn-setting-headquarters-downtown-milwaukee)

  12. February 5, 2018 - Milwaukee Amtrak Expanding to serve Foxconn: (https://www.wpr.org/milwaukee-alderman-hopes-expand-amtrak-service-foxconn)

  13. February 16, 2018 - Illinois companies transferring industry to Southeast WI to benefit from the Foxconn plan. (http://dailyreporter.com/2018/02/16/illinois-company-moving-to-kenosha-in-hopes-to-work-with-foxconn/)

  14. February 14, 2018 - New Foxconn Website Launched: (https://www.wgtd.org/news/new-foxconn-website-launched-state)

  15. February 28, 2018 - Foxconn & road upkeep: (https://www.wpr.org/foxconn-plant-could-reduce-road-funding-state-projects-90m)

  16. June 6, 2018 - China announces that only 5.7% of Foxconn shares will be openly tradeable, the rest will be given to elites: (https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-06-07/foxconn-s-hot-china-listing-isn-t-for-the-average-joe)

  17. June 15, 2018 - Foxconn buys Milwaukee office building to set-up headquarters. (https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2018/06/15/foxconn-closes-purchase-downtown-site-where-500-people-work/705028002/)

  18. June 28, 2018 - President Donald Trump visits Wisconsin to deliver a  speech at Foxconn site. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnl_HI_FVs4)

  19. July 29, 2018 - Foxconn buying WaterMark building for Green Bay innovation center. (http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Foxconn-Packers-governor-plan-major-announcement-in-Green-Bay-486896271.html)

  20. July 7, 2018 - Advocate Aurora Health & Foxconn form technology partnership. (https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20180712/advocate-aurora-health-foxconn-form-technology-partnership)

  21. July 16, 2018 - Foxconn to open tech center in Eau Claire Wisconsin. (https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2018/07/16/foxconn-plans-eau-claire-follow-steps-into-milwaukee-green-bay/787881002/)

  22. August 23, 2018 - Foxconn flops on it’s promised plan to build a modern manufacturing facility. (https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2018/08/23/murphys-law-foxconns-story-changes-yet-again/)

  23. August 28, 2018 - Foxconn gifts $100 million to UW-Madison in a science and technology Partnership (http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/local/foxconn-gifts-million-to-uw-madison-in-a-science-and/article_77f48ebb-9421-5343-9d9b-b2f6d32d4c16.html)

  24. September 5, 2018 - New Foxconn Partnership Ventures to be subsidized by state taxes. (https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2018/09/05/murphys-law-more-foxconn-bells-and-whistles/)

  25. September 7, 2018 - Borrowing for massive Foxconn project lowers Mount Pleasant's credit rating (https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2018/09/12/foxconn-borrowing-lowers-credit-rating-mount-pleasant/1277077002/)

  26. September 11, 2018 - Foxconn partners are all major Walker donors (https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2018/09/11/campaign-cash-foxconn-partners-are-big-walker-donors/)

  27. September 12, 2018 -  Foxconn committed to hiring 3,000 veterans (https://www.racinecountyeye.com/veterans/)

  28. October 22, 2018 - Gateway Technical College launches Foxconn-related programs (https://walker.wi.gov/press-releases/governor-walker-foxconn-s-ripple-effect-continues-grow-imet-center-expansion)

  29. November 8, 2018 - The Future Of Foxconn Under The Evers Administration (https://www.wpr.org/future-foxconn-under-evers-administration?qt-popularity=1)



 

DNR/Environmental Concerns

 

In September 2017, the State Legislature passed 2017 Wisconsin Act 58 [exit DNR], authorizing the state to create an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone, within which Foxconn will be operating.”

 

Library Dog Winners

Thanks to everyone who voted to name our library dogs.  541 ballots were cast, and the results are in.

Southwest's Black Lab: Midnight
Southwest's German Shepherd: Cookie
Northside's Golden Retriever: Biscuit
Simmons' Dalmatian: Dotty
Uptown's Rottweiler: Rocky

Stop by our branches, and pay them a visit!

"Old Weird America" Thursday, November 8 at 6pm, Northside Library

Please join us for the strange and sad story of Homer and Langley Collyer—a true tale that sounds like an urban legend.  In March 1947, two brothers living in seclusion, died in their crumbling Manhattan brownstone among 150 TONS of debris. The lesson of their lives lives on in a contemporary fascination with hoarders—and in NYC emergency shorthand—where a “Collyer mansion” warns responders to be on the lookout for a potentially dangerous hoarding situation.

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