Category: Library Stories

Cub Scouts in the Idea Box!

Cub Scouts earned badges and discovered new skills in the library’s new Idea Box! Scouts got hands-on experience with coding and STEM projects, creating video games, building with our 3D Doodler pens, and more! (Submitted by Youth Services Manager, Julia Lee).

Luigi Makes Josh’s Birthday Super!

“I love making cakes for my family members, and having access to a whole new source of pans through the library is wonderful! I made this cake for my son’s 7th birthday.” — Amy Kabrhel, Josh’s Mom

A Fantastic Summer of Reading with MPSD!

Library staff visited Jefferson, Jackson, Madison, and Franklin summer schools to promote the library and give each child enrolled a free book! In addition, the Riverview STEAM summer program visited MPL for fun activities and free books. These visits were a collaboration with MPSD, splitting the cost of books between the Friends of Manitowoc Public Library and the school system. We got to talk to and give books to over 700 kids!

Painting the Library Red, White, and Blue for Dad in Afghanistan!

The Brooks family came to the Paint the Library event on June 26 for a special reason–their dad, Sergeant Brooks, has been deployed in Afghanistan since December 1st. They were excited to paint their dad a message and participate in MPL’s patriotic event!

Reedsville Elementary 1st Graders Visit MPL

We brought the First Graders from Reedsville Elementary School to the library for a tour, story time and a craft. The staff at the library was professional, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. They treated my class with kindness and patience. I love your beautiful facility and the numerous creative ideas you do to keep the library relevant to the Manitowoc community. Thank you for your efforts!

The Ukulele Jam Jams On!

After attending a library ukulele jam, Diana Goen was inspired to keep the music going in her community. She created a ukulele social group at the Senior Center with a few friends, and it has now grown to 8 members! The group meets every Wednesday at 10 AM and all are welcome!

A Harry Potter Escape Room is Worth the Drive!

The Jackson family drove all the way from Door County to take part in MPL’s Harry Potter Escape Room on February 23rd. Mary Jackson (center) is a Door County library board member and a self-professed lover of libraries. She often checks library websites for fun family events. After the “Jackson Five” saved the Sorcerer’s Stone, they stayed to check out the children’s department and had fun playing with the 3-D Doodler pens available for in-house check out.

Resolve to Make a Difference/Christina is Motivated to Improve her English Literacy!

Meet Christina, and her tutor, Felicia. A working mom, Christina makes time in her busy schedule for her tutoring sessions because she is highly motivated to improve her English literacy skills. Christina is a diligent learner! She and Felicia now comfortably converse in English.

Literacy has the power to changes lives. This year, why not resolve to make a difference by becoming a volunteer tutor with One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners? You will find a meaningful volunteer experience that makes a real difference in someone’s life!

Registration is now open for our January training for new volunteers. The training will take place on Saturday, January 19 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Manitowoc Public Library. The training is free and all materials will be provided; registration by January 16 is required to attend. To learn more, contact Jo Ann Dent, One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners, at jadent@manitowoc.org or 920-686-3026. To fill out a volunteer application and register for the January 19 Tutor Training, visit http://www.manitowoclibrary.org/alp/.

Holiday Melodies Recharge a Chess-Sated Mind.

I’m learning chess and discovered the MTR Chess Club, which meets at Manitowoc Coffee on Saturday mornings from 9 to noon. All guys except for me; I am of the female persuasion. So, here I am, a beginner and a Miss, but I get up on Saturday mornings and get my butt over there to do what I can: sometimes lose and sometimes win, but always learning. Then, the entire month of December, on Saturdays at noon, I next walked over to the library to sit in a comfy chair and recharge my wasted brain while listening to the ethereal tones of holiday music wafting from the balcony. Merci for that bliss!

Julie Amelie

Resolve to Make a Difference/Jose Takes It to the Next Level

Meet Jose and his tutor, Kathy. Since they have been meeting to work on his English skills, Jose has gotten a promotion at work. His English has improved to the point that he is now acting as a translator for new employees.

Literacy has the power to changes lives. This year, why not resolve to make a difference by becoming a volunteer tutor with One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners? You will find a meaningful volunteer experience that makes a real difference in someone’s life!

Registration is now open for our January training for new volunteers. The training will take place on Saturday, January 19 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Manitowoc Public Library. The training is free and all materials will be provided; registration by January 16 is required to attend. To learn more, contact Jo Ann Dent, One-to-One Adult Literacy Partners, at jadent@manitowoc.org or 920-686-3026. To fill out a volunteer application and register for the January 19 Tutor Training, visit http://www.manitowoclibrary.org/alp/.