Bayfield Carnegie Library Newsletter

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Director's Letter

Welcome to our first newsletter! A newsletter for the Bayfield Carnegie Library has been in the works for over a year. It will feature a director’s column; new library materials available; upcoming events and activities at the library; and book reviews from our community. As our quarterly newsletter evolves we will add new content and spotlight areas. We’re all very excited for the possibilities. 

I wanted to highlight some of the many library happenings in the past two years—and what a ride it’s been! The library has seen great growth in many areas. We completed a 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, (free copies available at the library) and a major cosmetic renovation on the main floor in 2016. The latter features custom-made, gorgeous book cases, new carpeting, blinds, and a special Nautical collection area in the front area of the library. If you haven’t seen the new look yet, please stop in and check it out. 

We started our area’s first-ever Comic/Sci-Fi Con here at the library in 2015. It was met with such enthusiasm and great press that we did another one—this time at Bayfield School—in 2016, which featured new, expanded activities and a special visit from the Star Wars 501st Wisconsin Legion group. We are planning to hold another Con in 2017, by partnering with Red Cliff and Legendary Waters, and the idea is to make it all-encompassing: fantasy, comics, science fiction, indigenous culture, gaming, cosplay, art exhibits, etc. 

Speaking of Cons, I had the great opportunity to attend the first-of-its kind “Indigenous Con” last November in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What a fantastic experience! The spirit there, the energy and the positivity were incredible. I met great people and made new contacts, including a few who are interested in coming to a future Con here. I want to thank my library board for supporting me going and help making it happen. 

2016 saw our Winter Lecture Series expand, when we combined it with a Community Read of “Blue Mind,” which is about the benefits of living near, around and under water, and also explores in detail the neuroscience of the many benefits of water. The Community Read program was excellently received, and we also had the author of the book at the pavilion on a bitterly cold January night, where 150 people attended! Look for more Community Reads in the near future. Our 2017 Winter Lecture Series is about Social Justice: The Fight for Equality. We will have speakers January-April, including Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians Gays (PFLAG) in March, and a screening of the recent Red Cliff documentary followed by panel discussion; plus our community’s own Mary Dougherty, in April. Look for those dates on our web site and Facebook page, and watch for flyers for these programs around the area.

Finally, I want to tell you that circulation is a vital part of our library’s funding. Checking out even one item—book, movie, CD, audiobook, magazine— brings in the equivalent of $3.25 for the library’s budget. If patrons check out more items, our budget will be stronger. Thanks to all of you for your support of the library. It always means a lot to us. I hope you enjoy our first newsletter. Thanks to all the people, including those who have donated funds for printing costs, who made this happen. See you soon!

- Blair Nelson, Director 

1,000 Book Before Kindergarten

Sisters amma Lee and Ophelia Larson recently completed a milestone in their young lives: they were the first kids in the Bayfield area to complete the "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program. Congratulations to them!

Events Calendar

Upcoming Events

Winter Lecture Series

January 2017-April 2017

Social Justice: “The Fight for Equality”.

The BCL is partnering with Mt. Ashwabay 

for the Winterfest: Saturday, March 4 from 7 - 9 pm Movie “FROZEN”. Drop off the kids at the Bayfield Library for a movie, treats and other activities so you can hit the WinterBASH. Minimum 6 years old please.

Co-partnering with Legendary Waters

in Red Cliff to have another Comic Con, which we’re renaming “Chequamegon Bay Con” in late April 2017.

Ongoing Events

Book Club - meet at 5 pm

  • February 22: Heroes Are My Weakness, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • March 29: Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • April 26: Robin Hood, by Howard Pyle

Library Board Meeting: Third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm

Friends of the Library Meeting: Third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm

Ukulele group: Every Monday at 5 pm

Writers group: Every Tuesday from 5 - 7 pm

Story Hour: Every Wednesday at 10 am


Our movie night is the first Friday of every month, at 7 pm.

  • March: The Martian-in 3D (only 16 pair of 3D glasses; patrons must sign up)
  • April: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

New Releases:

Available to check out NOW! 

Adult Fiction

  • A Lowcountry Heart, by Pat Conroy
  • The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis
  • The Girl Before, by J.P. Delaney
  • Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
  • The Magdalen Girls, by V.S. Alexander
  • The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden
  • The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian
  • Little Deaths, by Emma Flint

Adult NonFiction

  • Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North, by Blair Braverman
  • The Power of Off: The  Mindful  Way  to  Stay  Sane  in  a  Virtual World, by Nancy Colier
  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama XIV, and Douglas Abrams
  • Your Cabin in the Woods, by Conrad Meinecke
  • The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, by Dava Sobel
  • The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, by Lindsey Lee Johnson
  • The Thunder Before the Storm, by Clyde Bellecourt

Adult Audiobooks

  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing and Simon Prebble
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
  • American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, by Jeffrey Toobin and Paul Michael

Adult Movies

  • Snowden
  • The Great Alone (documentary)
  • Jason Bourne
  • Mr. Church
  • A Man Called Ove
  • The Accountant
  • Game of Thrones: season 6
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby
  • Poldark: season 2
  • Outlander: season 2
  • The Girl on the Train

Children’s Movies

  • Lion Lessons, by Jon Agee
  • Dragon Was Terrible, by Kelly Dipucchio
  • We Found a Hat, by Jon Klassen
  • Orlando Buys a Farm, by Kathleen Hale

Children’s Books

  • Lion Lessons, by Jon Agee
  • Dragon Was Terrible, by Kelly Dipucchio
  • We Found a Hat, by Jon Klassen
  • Orlando Buys a Farm, by Kathleen Hale

Book Reviews

Tribe:  On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger 

Reviewed by Robert Schlack* - I have never been a soldier nor a journalist embedded with American combat troops,  putting their lives on the line fighting our "unending wars" on selected middle eastern dictators, terrorists, and terrorism more generally over the past quarter century.  Nor have I known  first hand Native American cultures, their traditions, and tribal wisdom.  Finally, I’ve never had to pick up the pieces of my after living through some catastrophic natural disaster, major civil war, or complete economic collapse.

Yet, after reading the award-winning, best-selling author Sebastian Junger's latest book, Tribe:  On Homecoming and Belonging, I ask myself "How much have I thus missed about what it really means to be human?"  How have these omissions diminished my understanding of how rich human life sometimes can be?  ...More


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Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Reviewed by Tom Hart - About halfway through Michael Chabon's new novel 'Moonglow', he confesses that the opponent of his young manhood rebellion was his family's inclination to "leave the business of feeling and talking about feelings to people who had nothing better to do." The young rebel believed, and still does, that silence is a malignancy and that "getting it all out" is the only solution. Thus, when he is called to his cancer-ridden grandfather's bedside, where  pain-killing drugs have loosed the patient's tongue and Chabon hears long hidden, secret tales of his family, he has no choice other than to pen this (faux) memoir. From the outset, I was completely absorbed by the mysterious intricacy of the novel, a detailed unfolding of delicate, family relationships, at the same time revealing (not without humor and pathos), the sordid nature of some of the technological blunderings of the nineteen-fifties. ...More