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Library celebrates grand reopening after construction

The work is finally done and it's time to celebrate Superior Public Library's completed renovation at our grand reopening Sept. 7. The Friends of the Library provide refreshments throughout the day, and the Superior Chamber of Commerce joins us at 4 p.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Enjoy tours of the new space and hear the stories behind the famous Carl Gawboy murals. All are invited to join us for this special celebration.

The Friends of the Library are gearing up for their first big book sale in more than a year, and there are tons of treasures to be found. Join us Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fill a grocery bag with paperbacks for $1, or get two hardcover books, trade paperbacks or children's hardcover books for a buck. You'll also find unbelievable deals on audiobooks, DVDs, record albums, artwork and more. These items are priced to move. Make sure to check out the "best" room for unique and extra-special items.

Starting Saturday, name your own price for items in the big room and the lobby, with select "best" room items available half-price. And from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, all big room and lobby items will be free. Stop by the Friends of the Library book sale — you never know what you'll find.

What makes life worth living? What would you do if you were diagnosed with a catastrophic illness? Paul Kalanithi's memoir, "When Breath Becomes Air," deals with these difficult questions. It's the first book selection of the Superior Readers, an evening book club that meets at the library the last Wednesday of each month. Our first meeting is at 6 p.m. Sept. 26. A limited number of copies of the book are available to be picked up at the library circulation desk. Read the book and join us to discuss it.

Superior author Anthony Bukoski's story "The Tools of Ignorance" is featured on Wisconsin Public Radio's Chapter a Day program Sept. 6 and 7 at 12:30 p.m. The program airs locally on 91.3 KUWS-FM, The Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio. Bukoski visits Superior Public Library both days at 7 p.m. to read from his new collection, "Head of the Lakes: Selected Short Stories." This event is free and open to all with refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.

Oh no! Ethan's monster went on vacation and now he can't sleep without him! What can he do? Join Northern Expressions Arts Collective at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8 and see how he solves his problem. You can even make your own monster to take home with you! Sign up for this free program by calling 715- 394-8866.

The library will be closed Sept. 1 through Sept. 3 for the Labor Day holiday. We hope you have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to 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 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Lake Nebagamon. Call 715-394-8860 in Superior, 715-378-4452 in Solon Springs, or 715-374-3477 in Lake Nebagamon or visit superiorlibrary.org.

Sue Heskin is the director of the Superior Public Library.