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Library Happenings: Tackle some of your holiday shopping at the library

The Friends of Superior Public Library will hold their annual Merry Little Book Sale Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, at the library.

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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 — Books make the best gifts.

The Friends of Superior Public Library will hold their annual Merry Little Book Sale Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, at the library. At this sale, you’ll find tons of bestsellers, cookbooks, children’s books and much more all in perfect condition, ready to be wrapped and given to the bibliophiles on your list. Enjoy live music, free gift-wrapping, and refreshments while you’re shopping.

Make sure to stop by the fundraising table during the sale to support the Envision Education and Learning Centre in Teshie, Ghana, a community library that provides access to quality resources and books, and a place for children to do their homework and to explore topics outside of their school curriculum. You can purchase a variety of Ghanaian crafts, including ornaments, bracelets, decorative fans and small baskets, with all proceeds supporting the Envision ELC.

The book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Dealers are welcome to shop the sale on Saturday.

Our 2023 Superior Public Library calendars make great gifts. Each calendar features 12 different full-color images from our Carl Gawboy local history murals that capture the history of Superior and Douglas County, including the beloved Carnegie Library on Hammond Avenue, Tony’s Cabaret, the Summer White House, and many more. Calendars are $20 each (cash or check) and are available exclusively at the library. All proceeds support the library. Make sure to purchase yours before they sell out.

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Participate in our Find Olaf contest and you could win your very own Olaf Squishmallow. Starting Thursday, Dec. 1, Olaf will be hiding somewhere in the Children’s Room. He’ll be hiding in a new spot every day. Find his hiding spot and submit your answer to receive a small prize and be entered into a prize drawing for an Olaf Squishmallow. The Find Olaf contest runs through Dec. 20.

Our online Fall Reading Program wraps up Dec. 20. You have plenty of time to “fall” into a great book. Complete the reading challenge and you’ll be entered into our prize drawing, which takes place at the end of December. Visit our website to sign up. Kids, teens and adults are eligible.

Award-winning authors Anthony Bukoski and Jayson Iwen will visit the library Dec. 8. Bukoski’s newest book, “The Blondes of Wisconsin,” is a collection of 16 interconnected short stories set in a Polish-American neighborhood in Superior. Iwen’s latest book, “Roze & Blud,” winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in the poetry category, is a novel-in-verse that tells the story of Roze and William, two would-be poets who use poetry to understand a world that doesn’t make much space for them. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is open to all. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Join us Dec. 10 for a free yoga class at the library and do something great for your body. Led by instructors from the Superior Douglas County Family YMCA, the class is appropriate for all levels — from beginner to expert — and is perfect for ages 12 and up. Class starts at 10:30 a.m. Bring a mat if you have one.

Enjoy a free movie at the library. Join us Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. for “The Good House” starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. “The Good House” follows Hildy Good (Sigourney Weaver), a New England realtor and descendant of the Salem witches, who loves her wine and her secrets. Her life begins to unravel as she rekindles a romance with her old high school flame, Frank Getchell (Kevin Kline), and becomes dangerously entwined in one person's reckless behavior. This movie is rated R and closed captions will be enabled.

Put on your jammies and join us for our special Pajama Storytime on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. We’ll enjoy stories, songs, and fun in our pajamas.

Join the library’s book club and enjoy lively conversation with other eager readers. Our selection for January is “This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger, a magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression. Our morning discussion will be held Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m. and our evening discussion will be held Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. Pick the discussion that works best for your schedule.

You can request a copy of the book using our online library catalog, or by calling the library at 715-394-8860 and placing a request over the phone. The audiobook is also available to download on-demand with Hoopla using your library card. You can join the discussion virtually or in person. Email mehlel@superiorlibrary.org for more information. Visit superiorlibrary.org for information about future book club titles and meeting dates.

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Are you an artist? We need you. Our Love Your Local Artist fundraiser will be held in person Feb. 10 and registration is open for artists to reserve a spot to show and sell their work during this celebration of libraries, art and community. In addition to tons of local art, the event also features a raffle, Adopt-a-Book Sale, refreshments, wine and live music. Tables are only $30 each with all proceeds supporting the library all year long. Visit our website for more information and to reserve your spot.

Sue Heskin is the director of the Superior Public Library.

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