Bayfield Carnegie Library Newsletter

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Director's Letter

The Bayfield Carnegie Library’s been a busy place, with several activities and projects. Before I get to those, a quick update: the book reviews will now be available on our web site. If you’re interested in being a reviewer, please contact the library! 

Big News!--The library’s Endowment Fund continues to grow thanks to a large $10,000 anonymous donation! This donor also offered a challenge: if the community can raise another ten thousand, the donor will match it! If we can do that, we have accomplished our second Endowment goal of reaching $50,000 and more than halfway to our final goal of $100,000. The challenge is on!

The library had another successful Winter Lecture Series (Jan-April), with this year’s theme of “Social Justice: The Fight for Equality”. Among the highlights were a GLBTQ-themed discussion about social justice and a showing of the wonderful, recent documentary about Red Cliff. Following the film, there was a panel discussion featuring Marvin Defoe and Marlene Paap, talking about their personal experiences in Red Cliff. From that discussion night there is much talk about having the next winter lecture series feature Native American/indigenous storytelling series, both at the library and also in Red Cliff. I am very excited about this, and my board is in favor of it as well.

The newly-formed Bayfield Friends of the Carnegie Library group is working on fundraising efforts for this summer. They will have a booth during Applefest and a parade float, to help efforts in restoring two of the outside main entrance pillars of the library. The brownstone has deteriorated on them. The estimated cost is at least $36,000. If you or anyone you know is able to provide financial support for this important project, please donate if you can. Every dollar helps!

Our summer reading program is off to a great start. The theme this year is “Build a Better World”. We are de-emphasizing prizes and focusing more on programs and subthemes for books; as an example, our children’s librarian and cataloger Teresa created bookmarks with headings like “books with empathy,” “books to make you laugh”. They’ve been a big hit so far with children and parent alike! The library was recently awarded a Bayfield Community Education Foundation grant in the amount of $1,000. Two LEGO Mindstorms kits and two LEGO Architecture kits are part of the grant. These will be used for team-building events and competitions at the school and Bayfield Carnegie Library (library program this summer, using the Architecture sets). The hope is that we can expand this program by inviting leaders in the community who work in mechanical, innovative fields.

Lastly, I am working on creating a music-themed series for the library. During it, we will cover, listen to, and discuss various genres of music. It will be great to have guests come in to facilitate discussions and spend more time on genres of music such as those from indigenous cultures. I am planning to launch the series this fall. More information to follow in our fall newsletter.

Remember that any physical item you check out helps fund the Bayfield Carnegie Library. The more the better. Until next time—THANK YOU for supporting our library!

- Blair Nelson, Director 

"Build a Better World"

Summer Reading Program

Moms and story hour children pose for a photo inside the big shovel of one of the heavy operation maintenance trucks belonging to the City of Bayfield. Workers stopped by for a "Meet the Big Machinery" story hour in June as part of the Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World"

"Build a Better World" Library Events

  • Climb Theater Group - 9:30 am Wed. July 26: the Ant and the Grasshopper
  • Teen Night - 6 pm August 17: Lego Night
  • Family Fort Night - 4pm August 4
  • Movie Nights - 5 pm July 21 (The Lego Movie) and August 25 (The Secret Garden)

Ongoing Events at the Library:

Book Club: 5pm

  • July 26: Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
  • August 30: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • September 27: Haunted Mesa by Louis L'Amour

Story Hour: Wednesdays at 10 am

Library Board Meeting: Third Wednesday at 4 pm

Friends of the Library Meeting: Third Tuesday at 4:15 pm

Our movie night and Writers Group will return this fall.

Save the Date

The Library is co-partnering with Red Cliff Legendary Waters to have another "Chequamegon Bay Con" on Saturday, October 28.

Preserving Craft & Culture, One Heirloom Weaving at a Time

Traditions of the Indegenous Culture of Peru

6-7 pm Friday, July 14

Learn more about ArtAndes Work in Peru. A colorful slide show followed by a weaving demonstration walks you through the heights of the Andes to the depths of the Quechua Culture. ArtAndes will also be participating in the Bayfield Festival of Arts on July 15-16. Learn more at:

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

(Title from the book by Thomas L. Friedman)

Check out this fun Cornucopia community "Walk" and Micro Film Fest featuring global warming documentaries shown at the Corny Beach green shed pavilion (or the Community Center in case of rain.) The following Monday evenings at 6:30:

  • July 24: How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Can't Change - Josh Fox
  • July 31: This Changes Everything - Naomi Kline
  • August 7: A Summing Up

Featured New Releases 

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Adult Books

  • Into the Water by Paul Hawkins
  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (nonfiction)
  • Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection by Hope Nicholson (graphic novel)
  • A Lowcountry Heart by Pat Conroy

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Adult Audiobook

  • Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


  • Logan
  • Moana (for kids)
  • Cool It! (documentary)

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  • The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright

We have lots more new releases! Visit us on facebook or better yet, come in an see for yourself!

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