African foods and crafts program

A “Food & Crafts of Africa” program will be presented by Waushara County 4-H Coordinator Heidi Hensel-Buntrock at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the library. Ms. Hensel-Buntrock will talk about African cuisine and show attendees how to make an African rain stick. The program is open to everyone – youth, families, and adults. The presentation is part of the Read Africa grant received by the library in April. The Poy Sippi library was one of only 16 libraries to receive the grant and the money went towards the purchase of books about Africa for children and young adults. The books are now on display at the library - please come and check them out!

Indian Artifacts Speaker

Author and Indian artifacts expert Paul Schanen will present a program at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the library.

Mr. Schanen is the co-author along with David Hunzicker of Native American Artifacts of Wisconsin (2013), a book designed to bridge the gap between the professional and amateur archaeologist. Mr. Schanen has spent more than 20 years researching and documenting sites all over Central Wisconsin. Eventually, Paul went on to study Anthropology and Geography at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. While in Stevens Point, Paul worked on a number of archaeological dig sites and spent countless hours working in the Regional Archaeology Center where he handled, identified, and preserved thousands of artifacts from around the Badger State. Since leaving school, Mr. Schanen became keenly aware of the need for a Wisconsin-specific Native American artifact guide.

Attendees are invited to bring along any of their own artifacts so that Mr. Schanen can provide more information about them.

Having a doggone good time!

Waushara County K9 Thor was at the Poy Sippi Public Library on Wednesday, July 14, as part of the library’s summer reading program. Deputies Brian Wenzel (left) and Alex Midthun accompanied Thor to talk about his training, job duties, and what an all-around good boy he is. Thor is a pure-bred German Shepherd, born on Christmas Day in 2016 in Germany. He came to the United States in January of 2018, was trained at the Steinig Tal Kennel in Campbellsport, Wisconsin, and began training with Deputy Wenzel soon after. Thor is a certified dual-purpose K9 trained in narcotics detection, tracking, handler protection, apprehension, and building and area searches. When not on duty, he lives at home with Deputy Wenzel and his family.

Following the K9 presentation, attendees spent some quality crafting time, making brightly colored dogs from paper. Thank you to all who came!

Don’t forget that the next summer reading program event is a bubble-blowing party at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 21. Bring the little ones and have some fun in the sun! Bubbles will be provided, but if you have any large or unusual bubble wands, bring them along. If the weather doesn't cooperate that day, there will be an indoor craft for the kiddies.

Other upcoming summer reading program events include “For the Birds” with Waushara County 4-H coordinator Heidi Hensel-Buntrock at 11 a.m. Monday, July 26. Come learn about birds and do a bit of bird watching out back of the library. The program finale will be a polka party with music, food, and lots of fun at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Poy Sippi Community Park. Winners will be drawn for both the children and adult reading challenges.

Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant 2020

 The Poy Sippi Public Library is both pleased and excited to let you know that we recently received a Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant in the amount of $4,513.00.  This grant is part of a special Wisconsin Humanities grant initiative that is providing funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations facing financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus.  This grant supports our general operating expenses for a three-month period ending October 31, 2020.  (In our case, we requested funds to cover a one-month period.)  Funding for this relief grant was provided to Wisconsin Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan. Wisconsin Humanities is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen the roots of the community life through support of educational and cultural programs that inspire civic participation and individual imagination for communities across Wisconsin.

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