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Library Happenings: Show your love for local artists

The annual fundraiser that celebrates local art, local libraries and community, writes Sue Heskin.

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Shelves at the newly renovated Superior Public Library are lower than the previous ones nicely showing off the murals on the walls on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.
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SUPERIOR — Join us at Superior Public Library on Feb. 10 from 5:30-8 p.m. for Love Your Local Artist, our annual fundraiser that celebrates local art, local libraries and community.

Love Your Local Artist includes tons of local art, live music, wine and refreshments, a Tiny Art Show, and a raffle featuring artwork donated by participating artists. All funds raised from the raffle and registration fees are used to support the library’s many programs and services throughout the year. We hope you’ll join us for Love Your Local Artist on Feb.10.

Our Tuesday Storytime is back. Join us every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for stories, crafts, songs and fun. Storytime continues every week through May 9. Join us Thursday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. for our special evening Pajama Storytime.

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Our Bookworms Book Club for kids meets Friday, Jan. 27 to discuss “Apple Crush,” the graphic novel by Lucy Knisley. In “Apple Crush” (the sequel to “Stepping Stones”), Jen is just getting used to her life on Peapod Farm with her new stepsisters, Andy and Reese. But when the school year starts, there are even more changes in store for her. Jen has to navigate new friends and new challenges — but at least she'll have Andy with her, right? As she starts the sixth grade, she finds that her stepsister seems way more interested in crushes and boys than hanging out with her, while Jen wants to know when the world decided boys and girls couldn't be "just friends” anymore.

Celebrate National Puzzle Day at the library. Stop by the library on Monday, Jan. 30 and enjoy puzzles all day long. We’ll have a variety of puzzles for all ages set up in our beautiful atrium. Stop by during library hours and work on a puzzle.

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Our library book club is a great way to connect with other eager readers. In February, we’ll read and discuss “One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes, an opposites-attract love story. We’ll meet Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. and Feb. 23 at 6 p.m., so you pick the time that works best for you. If you’d like to participate in the discussion virtually, email mehlel@superiorlibrary.org for information about how to participate from home.

Tuesday Tunes continues through Feb. 21. Join us on Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. for live background music performed by a variety of local musicians. Upcoming musicians include The Unstrung Quartet, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Jane Wester and Seconds Count.

Come to the library for free movies in February. On Feb. 13, we’ll be showing “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” where on the heels of the unexpected loss of King T'Challa, the nation of Wakanda finds itself at a crossroads in its fate. The surrounding powers of the world look on with greedy eyes, eager to encroach upon Wakanda in its most vulnerable state. All the while, its people remain steadfast, determined to protect their king's legacy and fight for their future. This movie is rated PG-13.

On Feb. 27, join us for “Till,” the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley's relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. This movie is rated PG-13. Both movies start at 6 p.m. and closed-captioning will be enabled.

Our next free yoga class will be held Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. Led by instructors from the Superior-Douglas County Family YMCA, this all-levels yoga class is a great way to increase strength and flexibility and improve relaxation. Perfect for ages 12 and up. Bring a mat if you have one.

We can’t wait to hit the road with our book bike this summer. Look for us at parks, parades and the farmer’s market — you never know where we’ll be turning up. But first, our bike needs a name. Can you help us? Submit your suggestions and we’ll put it to a vote. The person who suggests the winning name will win $50.

You can submit your name suggestions forms.gle/4XGsaE32iQNxsxPU7 , or look for the entry forms and submission box at the library. Don’t forget to include your name and contact information with your suggestion. We’ll accept suggestions until the end of February. During the months of March and April, everyone will vote. We’ll announce the winning name June 1.

Sue Heskin is the director of the Superior Public Library.

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