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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.

November Book Clubs

Do you enjoy discussing what you read? Or maybe you’re looking for something new to read? Join us for our Monthly Book Clubs - we’ve got something for everyone! For more information on Book Clubs at Kenosha Public Library, visit us online at: https://www.mykpl.info/book-clubs or call our Reference Desk at 262-564-6130.

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK BOOK CLUB
Northside, 3rd Wednesdays, 2pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 262-564-6130 or email cpolovina@mykpl.info

NOVEMBER’S BOOK:
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

CALL-IN BOOK CLUB
Call-In (Phone), 2nd Tuesdays, 2pm
To register and get the phone number to call on the day of the discussion, please call KAFASI at 658-3508, ext.110 or 118

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
Join us for a discussion of what library employees do, with KPL staff sharing their experiences and answering questions!

CLASSIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 4th Wednesdays, 3:30pm
For more information about this book club, email cpolovina@mykpl.info

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
Read a book you never wanted to read

FANTASY/SCI-FI BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 4th Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

GRAPHIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 2nd Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Mondays, 2pm 
Just show up: no specific books to read!

NOVELS AT NIGHT BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 3rd Mondays, 6:00pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 564-6130 or email ekastelic@mykpl.info

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
Read any Parody Novel
For Example: 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
The Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin

POLITICS AND MILITARY ACTIONS BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 1st Saturdays, 9:15am 

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
The First World War

SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Tuesdays, 12:30pm OR
Northside, 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30pm

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
Homelessness

Xs & Os (ROMANCE READS) BOOK CLUB
Online at GoodReads: http://tinyurl.com/KPLromance

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
Read any romance featuring Thanksgiving or a hunting story

OLD WEIRD AMERICA PRESENTS--VAMPIRES IN AMERICA Thursday, October 11 at 6 pm at the Northside Library

As Bram Stoker travelled America in his job as a theater tour manager in the late 19th century, he observed a strange and frightening episode then occurring in the eastern states. Fear of rampant tuberculosis, then known as consumption, decimated the population, and in lieu of any reliable medical cure, many panicked citizens blamed a very old menace as the cause--VAMPIRES. Was Stoker inspired by this contemporary "Vampire Scare" to write his masterpiece, Dracula in 1897? And what prominent American poet may have served as his model for the notorious count?  Join us for a look at how a New World Vampire scare transformed the traditional Eastern European myth of the vampire and helped to create a cultural icon that lives on today in popular culture. 

OCTOBER Book Club Preview

 

Do you enjoy discussing what you read? Or maybe you’re looking for something new to read?
Join us for our Monthly Book Clubs - we’ve got something for everyone!
For more information on Book Clubs at Kenosha Public Library, visit us online at: https://www.mykpl.info/book-clubs or call our Reference Desk at 564-6130.

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK BOOK CLUB
Northside, 3rd Wednesdays, 2pm
For Information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call564-6130 or email cpolovina@mykpl.info

OCTOBER’S BOOK:
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

CALL-IN BOOK CLUB
Call-In (Phone), 2nd Tuesdays, 2pm
To register and get the phone number to call on the day of the discussion, please call KAFASI at 658-3508, ext.110 or 118

OCTOBER'S BOOK:
Read any Fall-themed book!

CLASSIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 4th Wednesdays, 3:30pm
For more information about this book club, email cpolovina@mykpl.info

OCTOBER'S TOPIC:
Read a Novel about a Non-Western country
PLEASE NOTE: This month, Classic Novels Book Club will be held at the Common Ground coffee shop (5159 6th Avenue, Kenosha) on October 24th, instead of Northside Library.

FANTASY/SCI-FI BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 4th Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

GRAPHIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 2nd Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Mondays, 2pm OR
Southwest, 3rd Thursdays, 6:30pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

NOVELS AT NIGHT BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 3rd Mondays, 6:00pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 564-6130 or email ekastelic@mykpl.info

OCTOBER'S BOOK:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

POLITICS AND MILITARY ACTIONS BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 1st Saturdays, 9:15am

OCTOBER'S TOPIC:
The Industrial Revolution

SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Tuesdays, 12:30pm OR
Northside, 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30pm

OCTOBER’S TOPIC:
Employment and Jobs

RECOMMENDED TITLE:
Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Learn more about the exciting programming series "SWEAT: Kenosha Works" here!

The October Afternoon Social Justice Book Club will meet at the regular time and date: Tuesday, October 9th, at 12:30, at the Northside Library. The theme is Work, Jobs, and Social Justice.

The October Evening Social Justice Book Club will meet on a different day---October 23rd, 6:30 at the Northside Library. The theme is Work, Jobs, and Social Justice.

Why? The play, Sweat by Lynn Nottage will be presented by the New York City Public Theater’s Mobile Unit on October 16th at 7PM at UAW Local 72 Hall. This event is free, but please RSVP on the KPL  website, or call the library 262-564-6159

Please come watch the play and we can discuss it on October 23rd. If you would like a copy of the script, let me know.

Kristin Kornkven

kkornkven@mykpl.info

262-564-6107

Xs & Ox (ROMANCE READS) BOOK CLUB
Online at GoodReads: http://tinyurl.com/KPLromance

OCTOBER’S TOPIC:
Read a paranormal romance or any romance that celebrates Halloween or Samhain

Get Ready to VOTE!

 

Voter Information

 

Spring 2019

As Kenoshans, we place a high value on our community and what happens to it. Staying engaged through voting is one way to make your voice heard and help positively influence our community as a whole.
There are several actions you can take ahead of time, so you can head into this Election feeling prepared and informed.

Offices to be Elected Spring 2019

Special election April 30, 2019, to fill the 64th Assembly District seat previously held by Peter Barca, D-Kenosha.

64th Assembly District candidates in special election answer questions and 64th assembly district candidates spar on issues

 

Know when to Vote!

Register to Vote!

  • Making sure you are registered (and that your registration is up-to-date) is one of the easiest ways to prepare for an election. Plus, technology can make it even easier.
  • Visit myvote.wi.gov and click Register to Vote (or Click Here!).
  • Not into the technology thing? You can also get print materials at your neighborhood KPL Branch or through the City Clerk's Office.
     

Know Your Polling Place!
Myvote.wi.gov also has you covered here. Click this link to go directly to the webpage you need, or give the KPL Reference Desk a call at 564-6130 and we can look it up for you.

Know What IDs You are Bringing!
For information on what IDs you need to have with you, visit bringitwisconsin.com.

Know What is On Your Ballot!
Once again, myvote.wi.gov is ready for you. Click here to search and preview your ballot.

Learn About the Candidates!
The best way to be prepared for any Election is to educate yourself about what each Candidate stands for. Concise and combined candidate information often does not come out until closer to the Election.
We will list what we find right here and we will update it as we see more information released.

  • Ballotpedia
    • This website brings together an incredible amount of voting/election information. 
    • On the Ballot, you will also see Libertarian, Green, and Constitution party representatives, though they do not have Candidates for all offices up for election. See below for more information about these parties.
       
  • Kenosha News
  • New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Wisconsin Public Television

 

Wisconsin's Five Recognized Political Parties
All five Parties have candidates on this ballot, though not necessarily for every office up for election.

Candidates
 

Other Valuable Resources:

 

 

 

The Power of Your Library Card

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and Kenosha Public Library is joining with libraries across the nation to celebrate! 

The Kenosha Public Library's over 79,000 cardholders check out nearly 1 million items from our collection annually. Cardholders have access to nearly 300,000 physical items, including books, audiobooks, e-books, Blu Rays, DVDs, video games, board games, 360 cameras, CDs, magazines, newspapers and more. KPL cardholders also have access to the full SHARE catalog which contains nearly 2 million physical items to choose from. 

Your KPL library card also provides access to Pronunciator where you can learn 80 languages online, Lynda.com where you can choose from over 3,500 different online courses taught by professional instructors and digital tools to help with genealogy and ancestry research.  You can download free music from Freegal, flip through magazines with RB Digital, and stream movies, read ebooks or listen to audiobooks or music with OverDrive or Hoopla! Or maybe you're looking to binge-watch Game of Thrones or try a new board game for game night? Your KPL library card has you covered for that. Your library card also lets you renew and reserve items 24 hours a day online. 

That little card can sure do a lot! What's your favorite thing your library card does for you? Join us on our Facebook and share all the ways you use your library card by using the hashtag #mykplcard.

Old Weird America Series

  We really go weird this month with a look at the self-professed genius of art pottery, George Ohr-- who couldn’t give away his work during his lifetime--but whose pieces can now command prices in the six figures. In fact the eccentric Ohr often refused to sell his “mud babies” and after he died in 1918, his family was left with a shed full of over 5000 unique ceramic pieces which sat accumulating dust for fifty years. When amateur antiques dealer from New York, Jim Carpenter happened upon Ojo’s Junkyard and Machine Shop in out-of-the-way Biloxi, Mississippi in 1968, he was in for a happy surprise when Ohr’s son Ojo offered to let him see “my Daddy’s pots”.  Carpenter introduced Ohr’s work to the world and an outsider art star was born. What made his pots so particular and his life so peculiar? Join us and find out.

 

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