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Crafts, reading fill summer’s lazy days

By Susan Heskin

 The first day of school is only a month away, but that’s still a whole month your children could be sharpening their reading skills. If they haven’t signed up for the library’s Summer Reading Program, there’s still time for them to pick up their reading logs in the Children’s Room. All they have to do is track their reading to win cool prizes. And if they’re already in the program, don’t forget the logs are due Aug. 29.

Are you interested in meeting new people and helping out the library? If so, the library’s volunteer group, Friends of the Library, is always looking for new recruits. The Friends are involved in a variety of activities, like sorting book donations, stocking the Friends Book Corner, working book sales, hosting events, decorating the library and helping with the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Membership forms are available at the library or online at Feel free to stop by the Friends’ next meeting at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18 in the library’s classroom, where members and non-members are always welcome.

If you’re looking to entertain the kids during these last lazy days of summer, the library has some fun programs coming up. At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Margaret Herbert will be helping children ages 5-12 make beautiful bead bracelets in the library’s meeting room. She is bringing a huge assortment of beads, so each bracelet will be special and unique.

Local crafter Lisa Markon will be in the library’s meeting room at 2 p.m. Aug. 20 to teach children the joys of card making with a cute teddy bear-themed greeting card craft. You may already know Lisa, as she has been selling her uniquely stamped, handcrafted cards at the Superior Downtown Farmers Market all summer. As a side note, adults will have a chance to craft with her this fall when she teaches a class for us at 6 p.m. Sept. 10. Be sure to check our website for more details over the next month.

Please note that our summer schedule of events has also changed, with the cancellation of Amy Stangland’s craft program Aug. 21. Be sure to update your calendars.

DVDs: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Major Crimes. The Complete Second Season,” “True Blood: Sixth Season,” “The Escape Artist,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “House of Cards: Second Season,” “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” “Fracknation,” “Live From Space,” “Dragons: Defenders of Berk, Part 2,” “The LEGO Movie,” “Paw Patrol,” “The Ralph Mouse Collection,” “Wild Kratts. Tiny Trouble,” “The Science of Disney Imagineering. (Energy, Gravity, & Newton’s Three Laws of Motion)” “Bill Nye the Science Guy: Rocks & Soil,” “Water Cycle” and “The Pirate Fairy.”

Music CDs: “Band of Brothers” by Willie Nelson, “Can You Feel It” by Rick Braun, “Ultraviolence” by Lana Del Rey, “Animal Ambition” by 50 Cent, “Remedy” by Old Crow Medicine Show, “Paula” by Robin Thicke, “Hail to the King” by Avenged Sevenfold, “Redeemer of Souls” by Judas Priest, “Fuego” by Phish “A.K.A.” by Jennifer Lopez, “The Hunting Party” by Linkin Park, and “Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical.”

Fiction: “Chestnut Street” by Maeve Binchy, “Above the East China Sea” by Sarah Bird, “Bred in the Bone” by Christopher Brookmyre, “Steeped in Evil” by Laura Childs, “The Competition” by Marcia Clark, “Power Play” by Catherine Coulter, “For All Time” by Jude Devereaux, “Terminal City” by Linda Fairstein, “Midnight in Europe” by Alan Furst, “Any Other Name” by Craig Johnson, “The City” by Dean Koontz, “Invisible” by James Patterson, and “Don’t Talk to Strangers” by Amanda Kyle Williams.

Nonfiction: “8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools,” “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” “A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition,” “The Killing Kind,” “The John Hopkins Guide to Diabetes,” “The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden,” “The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking,” & “It’s a Wild Life: How my Life became a Zoo.”

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Superior; 2-7 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Solon Springs; and 2-7 p.m. Wednesday in Lake Nebagamon. Call 715-394-8860 in Superior, 715-378-4452 in Solon Springs, or 715-374-3477 in Lake Nebagamon or visit

Sue Heskin is the director of the Superior Public Library.