Summer reading 2019

Mission 2019: A Universe of Stories    
Summer reading for all ages
May 28-Aug. 24

Sign up starting May 28. Get ready for a summer of learning and fun for everyone!

Find the program that's designed just for you!
Children       Teens         Adults

 


 

Children & families - A universe of reading & activities

Race to Space Reading Challenge
Read 20 minutes for five days each week and complete two Action Activities* to earn prizes:
Week 1:    Necklace & Sun bead                              Week 6:      Jupiter bead & book
Week 2:    Mercury bead                                           Week 7:      Saturn bead
Week 3:    Venus bead                                              Week 8:      Uranus bead
Week 4:    Earth bead & prize from bucket               Week 9:      Neptune bead
Week 5:    Mars bead                                                Week 10:    Sparkle Star bead

*Action Activities
Check out books from the library                          Go on a picnic
Attend a library program                                       Watch a sunset
Play a game with your family                                Identify constellations
Bike/Walk with your family                                    Play with a Together Time Kit at the library
Try a new food                                                      Make something with an upcycled item

Be Fine Free! (BFF)
Read 20 minutes at the library anytime this summer to earn your BFF coupon (limit one per person).

Free Rides to the Library
June 3 – Aug. 23
Show your library card and ride the city bus FREE to the Oshkosh Public Library. It’s easy!
Get on the bus. Show your library card. Get a ticket for a free ride home at any library service desk.
Questions about riding the bus? Call GO Transit at 232-5340.

Try It Yourself (TIY) Kits - New!
TIY Kits offer hands-on learning opportunities for all ages. Our Night Sky kit includes binoculars and a night sky guide. Available for a one-week check-out period with your library card, they’re located in the First Floor Reading Room or can be placed on hold for pick-up. Other kits you’d like to try? Let our staff know your ideas.

Ongoing programs

Smart Starts Play Stations   
June 7 & Aug. 2                
9 – 11 a.m.
Ages 1 – 4 years
Lower Level Meeting Room
Our play-based, hands-on activity stations encourage exploratory learning, parent/child engagement and early literacy skills. Drop in anytime!

Family Storytime
June 10 - 24 and July 8 - 29
Mondays             9:30 and 10:30 am
Lower Level Meeting Room
Stories, songs and fun activities for preschoolers. Older and younger siblings are welcome.

High Hopes Early Literacy Storytime
June 13 - 27 and July 11 - 25
Thursdays                    9:30 & 10:15 am.
Infants - Preschoolers
Lower Level Meeting Room
Your child will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes while you learn playful ways to teach your baby, toddler, or preschooler important early literacy skills at home.

New! Stories by Starlight
June 11 – Aug. 20 
Tuesdays             6:30 p.m. 
Explorers Grove 
Starlight star bright; meet me under the tree tonight. A gentle way for families of pre-school aged children to relax at the end of a busy day. Pajamas are welcomed.

Maker Mondays for Families
Registration required. Call 236-5208.
4:30 p.m.
Lower Level Tech Lab
Learn, play, make and explore what’s new in technology. Class size is limited.
June 10          Design and print a 3D planet
July 8             Personalize your ringtone with Audacity and Soundzabound.
Aug. 12          Create interactive art with the Makey-Makey and scratch programming.

No Homework Book Club
Grades 3 – 5       4:30 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Get more out of your reading experience! We’ll read a book together and do a craft or activity to go along with it. Supplies and snacks provided.
June 25           Aliens Are Coming! by Meghan McCarthy
July 23            Hansel and Gretel by The Brothers Grimm
Aug. 27           Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jennifer Bryant

Girls Who Code
June 18 – Aug. 20            
Tuesdays             2 p.m.
Registration required. Call 236-5208.
Grades 4 – 9                      
Lower Level Tech Lab
Explore concepts that form the basis for all programming languages. Work in teams to tackle a real-world problem that matters to you.

Lego Wall Open Build for Kids
June 12 – Aug. 28
Wednesdays      11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lower Level Tech Lab
Grab a bucket of bricks and build on our new LEGO wall.

Read to a Dog
June 10 - 24  and July 15 - 29        
4 - 5:15 p.m.
Registration required. Call 236-5208.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Read with a trained reading/therapy dog. Reserve your 15-minute time slot today.

Flash Fridays
June 14, 28         
July 12, 26 
Aug. 9, 23 
1 p.m.
Explorers Grove 
Bite-sized bolts of scientific inspiration for kids in grades K – 5.

Out-of-this-world Events & Experiences

The ZooMobile from the NEW Zoo
Tues., June 18                    9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
An edZOOcational program featuring live animal ambassadors from planet earth.

Duke Otherwise
Tues., June 25                    10 a.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Outrageous fun for all ages. Duke Otherwise puts on an epic performance to get you up and orbiting the room.

The Spektral Quartet
Fri., June 28                        10 a.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Strap in for a musical rocket ride with a special performance from this Grammy nominated chamber ensemble.

Stuart Stotts
Thurs., July 11                    6 p.m.
Under the Dome
Stuart Stotts has been entertaining earthlings for three decades. Move, laugh, sing and celebrate who we are as a community.

Build a Space City 
Under the Dome
Monday, July 29 -Sat., Aug. 3
Drop in during library hours.
Let’s create a futuristic Space City. The library will provide supplies; you provide ideas.  This could be just the backdrop you need for your entry in the It Came from
Oshkosh Sci-Fi Film Project
!

Lew-E’s U.F.O. Show
Tues., July 30                      10 a.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Using juggling, comedy, magic, audience participation, puppetry, and more we’ll go on a mission to uncover what’s inside Oogly Boogly’s Top Secret Space Box of Amazement!

Outerspace STEAM Lab Series    
Preschool to elementary grades
Lower Level Meeting Room
Wed., June 12         Loony Lunar Phases
10 a.m. & 6 p.m.              
Wed., July 10        Jump to Jupiter
10 a.m.
Wed., July 24        Exploration: Mars
10 a.m. & 6 p.m.              
Wed., Aug. 7          Bottle Rockets
10 a.m.
Wed., Aug. 14        How Big? How Far? How Hot? Sorting Games
10 a.m. & 6 p.m.              

 


Teens - Reading & activities to rock your universe

Race to Space Challenge
May 28-Aug. 24

Read, go to a library program, watch a movie, play video games and more to earn prizes! Here's how it works:

  • Pick up your Race to Space activity card at the 1st floor service desk.
  • Complete 10 tasks.
  • Turn your activity card in at the library, choose a prize and enter the grand prize drawing for a $100 VISA gift card.
  • You can claim one card per prize, but complete up to three cards.
  • Complete 10 reading circles on a card for a bonus prize! (While supplies last.)
  • Grand prize drawing held on Aug. 23. (Must be present to win.)

Be Fine Free! (BFF)
Read 20 minutes at the library anytime this summer to earn your BFF coupon (limit one per person).

Free Rides to the Library
June 3 – Aug. 23
Show your library card and ride the city bus FREE to the Oshkosh Public Library. It’s easy!
Get on the bus. Show your library card. Get a ticket for a free ride home at any library service desk.
Questions about riding the bus? Call GO Transit at 232-5340.

Teen events & experiences

Girls Who Code
Registration required. Call 236-5208.
Grades 4 – 9                      
June 18 – Aug. 20            
Tuesdays             2 p.m.
Lower Level Tech Lab
Explore concepts that form the basis for all programming languages. Work in teams to tackle a real-world problem that matters to you.

Teen Book Club
Lower Level Meeting Room
Enjoy a special edition of our monthly book club: YA Book-to-Movie Book Club. Read the book, watch the movie, and discuss! Pizza and popcorn are provided. Fifteen free copies of the next book are given away at each meeting.

Fri., June 7 @ 4:30 p.m.                 Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Fri., July 5 @ 1 p.m.                       Fallen by Lauren Kate
Fri., Aug. 2 @ 1 p.m.                       A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Teen DIY
1 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Fri., June 21                        Galactic Night Light
Make a night light that shines the galaxy in your room.
Fri., July 19                          Nebula Crystal Ball
Create a galaxy in a jar that looks like a crystal ball from outer space!
Fri., Aug. 16                         Candy Pens and Oreo Erasers
Craft some sweet school supplies.

Galaxy Tie-Dye T-Shirts: Part 1 & 2
Thurs., June 13 | Fri., June 14 (Rain date: June 17 at 1 p.m.)
1 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Make a galaxy-inspired t-shirt. Part 1: Bring your own white shirt or use one provided. Part 2: Receive your dried tie-dye shirt and add stars to your creation. Must be able to attend both days.

2001: A Space Odyssey
Sat., June 22
Time Community Theater, 445 N Main St.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7. Sponsored by the library.
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer HAL 9000. Rated G.

Kitten Kuddle
Fri., June 28
1 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Snuggle and play with kittens from the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. We’ll make a cat toy to donate.

Stranger Things Trivia   
Mon., July 1
1 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Can’t wait to start bingeing Season 3? Brush up on Seasons 1 and 2 and play our Jeopardy-style trivia. Bring your friends and compete on a team! Sorry, no demogorgons allowed.

 

#Instaworthy
Fri., July 12
1 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Level up your photography skills using your cell phone or camera. A partnership with the Winnebago County 4-H Program (You do not need to be a current 4-H member to attend.)

Constellation Canvas Art
Fri., July 26
1 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Look at the stars day or night after you make this artwork featuring your favorite constellation.

Build a Space City 
Under the Dome
Mon., July 29-Sat., Aug. 3
Drop in during library hours.
Let's create a futuristic Space City. The library will provide supplies; you provide ideas. This could be just the backdrop you need for your It Came from Oshkosh: A Sci-Fi Short Film Project.

Interactive Harry Potter Movie  
Wed., July 31
Noon
Lower Level Meeting Room
Get your wands ready because this isn't your normal movie showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Make noise, talk back, throw things, and celebrate Harry's birthday with a special treat!

Asteroid Belt Navigation Challenge
Fri., Aug. 9
1 p.m.
Lower Level Tech Lab
Think you have what it takes to pilot a spacecraft into outer space? Program your Ozobot spaceship to navigate the deadly asteroid belt. The first to safely reach the mission site wins!

Supervillain in Space: An Aerospace Escape Room Challenge
Registration required. Visit oshkoshpubliclibrary.org after Aug. 1 to reserve a spot.
The world needs your help! A deranged supervillain named Landslide is about to turn the world’s people to stone. He needs one more space rock to complete his deadly machine, and he’s close to finding it. You have 35 minutes to find the location of Landslide’s final rock before he destroys all of humanity! Hurry!
Thurs., Aug. 22
1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 23
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Lower Level Tech Lab


Adults - A universe of reading and activities

Race to Space Reading Challenge
Take your reading experience to a new level, with books and activities that broaden your horizons! Here's how it works:

  • Pick up your Race to Space card at the 2nd floor service desk. Read and participate in activities to earn prizes for each level you complete.
  • Level 1 (4 books/activities): Coupon for a free book from the library bookstore
  • Level 2 (8 books/activities): Coupon for a free book from the library bookstore
  • Level 3 (12 books/activities): Summer reading T-shirt or tote bag
  • Level 4 (16 books/activities): Gift card
  • Bonus levels: For each additional two books/activities completed, earn one grand prize raffle ticket.
    Earn up to four bonus raffle tickets when you participate in It Came from Oshkosh: A Sci-Fi Movie Challenge and the Mark Gruenwald Comic Book Creation Challenge.

Grand prize raffle drawing for $100 in gift cards will be held Mon., Aug. 26.

Printable Race to Space Challenge Card

Ongoing programs

 

 

 

Considerations
A community discussion of timely topics hosted by the library.
First Floor Reading Room
Tuesdays
6 p.m. refreshments       6:15 p.m. discussion
June 11                       Equal Rights Amendment
July 9                          Space exploration
Aug. 13                       Wisconsin roads

Online Anytime Book Club
7 p.m.
Tuesdays
Oshkosh Public Library Facebook Page
Join us for a live interactive book chat.
June 4       In a Galaxy Far, Far, Away… - Sci-fi and
space related books.
July 2        Own Voices – Diverse authors share their experiences.
Aug. 6        I Have a Dream – Books related to the Civil Rights Movement.

 

 

 

 

What’s Cooking Book Club
6:30 p.m.  *New Time
Wednesdays

Under the Dome
Choose a cookbook or cooking magazine from the library, make a recipe based on the month's theme and bring along a sample and copy of the recipe to share.
June 12                Campfire Cooking

July 10                  Strawberry Faves
Aug. 14                 Garden Fresh

Techy Tuesdays
6 p.m.
Registration required. Call 236-5205.
Lower Level Tech Lab
Explore what’s new in technology.
June 18                Design and print a 3D planet.

July 16                 Personalize your ringtone with Audacity and Soundzabound.
Aug. 20                Learn how to use Canva, a free, online graphic design tool.

 

 

 

Monday Movie Matinee
12:30 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
June 17  First Man
July 15  The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Aug. 19  Green Book

Adult DIY
Tuesdays              

6 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Registration required. Call 236-5205.
Get crafty at the library with a DIY project to make and take. All supplies provided. New: Now two sessions for each project!

June 11 & June 25                            Photo Transfer on Wood
July 9 & July 23                                 Paint Pour Canvas Art
Aug. 13 & Aug. 27                            Zen Doodle Workshop

Memory Café
Wednesdays
1 – 3 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
A comfortable way for you and your care partner to have fun and socialize with others who are living in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
June 12                 Flag Day
July 10                   Summer Fun
Aug. 14                 Oshkosh Zoo

Tech Open Lab
Do you need to expand your tech skills? Drop-in and use the equipment and software in the library’s Tech Lab. Get tech support for your It Came From Oshkosh movie or just use our computers, green screen and other tools to create. Check the calendars at the back of this booklet or our website for times and dates.

Reserve the Tech Lab
The lab can be reserved for filming videos, video editing, podcasting, design work and more.
 Call 236-5205 to schedule a time.

Special events & experiences

What's your house worth?
Tues., June 4
6 p.m.
Under the Dome

Learn how to assess your home’s current market value from realtor Kevin Stein, Keller Williams Realty.

Edible Oshkosh
Thurs., June 13
6 p.m.
Under the Dome
Did you know raspberries, currants and elderberries are native fruits that grow on UW Oshkosh’s campus? Professors Kevin Crawford and Elizabeth Barron dig into creating an edible garden.
*Tour UW Oshkosh’s edible gardens on Tues., July 16 at 8:30 a.m.

Sci-Fi Saturdays
All ages
10 a.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Movies begin after a quick overview of the It Came from Oshkosh Film Festival.
June 15   Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
July 20   Mars Attacks!
Aug. 17   The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai

Gardening for Pollinators
Wed., June 19
6 p.m.
Under the Dome
Master Gardener Mary Shepard talks about heating up the social scene for the butterflies and bees in your garden.

2001: A Space Odyssey
Sat., June 22
Time Community Theater, 445 N Main St.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7. Sponsored by the library.
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer HAL 9000.
Rated G.

Movie Making Apps
All ages
Sat., June 29
10 a.m.
Lower Level Tech Lab
Want to enter the It Came from Oshkosh Sci-Fi Film Project but need a little help?  Bring your smartphone or tablet for a hands-on learning opportunity.

Discovering Oshkosh’s City Directories
Wed., July 10
6 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Librarian Michael McArthur will show you where to find and how to use Oshkosh City Directories to help in your genealogy research.

Tour UW Oshkosh’s Edible Gardens
Tues., July 16
8:30 a.m
Meet outside Blackhawk Commons, 725 Algoma Blvd., and bring your appetite!

Join Kevin Crawford and Elizabeth Barron, director and associate director (respectively) of the Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformation (SIRT), on a delicious tour of the UW Oshkosh campus to close out 2018’s Earth Charter events. The SIRT Team will lead participants through the University grounds, pointing out and discussing our campus’ many edible landscaping features. Visitor pay parking is in Lot 15 on Algoma Boulevard across from Reeve Union or in the High
Avenue Parking Ramp.

Sci-Fi Invades Netflix
All ages
Wed., July 24
6 p.m.
Under the Dome
Fans of Netflix’s sci-fi hit Stranger Things won’t want to miss UW Oshkosh Professor Michael Van Esler’s take on why the genre is dominating Netflix’s programming.   

 Build a Space City
Under the Dome
Monday, July 29 -Sat., Aug. 3
Drop in during library hours.
Let’s create a futuristic Space City. The library will provide supplies; you provide ideas.  This could be just the backdrop you need for your entry in the It Came from
Oshkosh Sci-Fi Film Project
!

A Universe of Stories: Local History events

An Evening on the Avenue
Sat., June 1
6 – 9 p.m.
Washington Avenue Entrance
Explore Washington Avenue’s Neoclassical Historic District using a free app that you can download to your smartphone. The library is unveiling the city’s first interactive, historic tour powered by Vamonde Bring your phone, and let’s party like it’s 1899. Learn more about the historic tour.

Author Spotlight: A World of Partings
Mon., June 10
6 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Ginny Gross, local author and research assistant at the Oshkosh Public Museum, has edited and interpreted the diary of Nancy Derby (1857-1869). She’ll discuss a world now long gone, as portrayed in her book, A World of Partings.

History of Fraternal Organizations in Oshkosh
Tues., June 18
6 p.m.
Under the Dome
Fraternal groups, such as the freemasons, were once a cornerstone of society. Find out how they shaped Oshkosh.
* Tour the Oshkosh Masonic Center on Thurs., July 18 at 10 a.m. and Thurs., Aug. 15 at 2 p.m.

Jessie Jack Hooper: An Inspired Life
Thurs., June 27
6 p.m.
Under the Dome
On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting national voting rights to women. In honor of this important moment in our history, Dr. Helen Bannan presents a living history interpretation of Jessie Jack Hooper. A local leader, Hooper joined the suffrage movement in the 1910s and dedicated her life to the cause.

Author Spotlight: Winnebago County Beer: A Heady History
Wed., July 17
6 p.m.
Under the Dome
Author and blogger Lee Reiherzer discusses his latest book and our area’s rich heritage of beer brewing.

 

Oshkosh Masonic Center Tour
All ages
Thurs., July 18                    10 a.m.
Thurs., Aug 15                      2 p.m.
Meet in the library’s First Floor Reading Room
Step inside this historic building for an informative, guided tour. Tours last about an hour.

Finding Historic Winnebago County Maps
Tues., Aug. 6
6 p.m.
Under the Dome
Maps provide a view that adds dimension to the stories of our area's past. Librarian Michael McArthur shows how and where to find historic Winnebago County Maps online and in person.

History of Sturgeon Management: Guest Speaker Ryan Koenigs
Tues., Aug. 20
6 p.m.
Lower Level Meeting Room
Presented by the Winnebago County Historical & Archeological Society.

Ryan Koenigs grew up on the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago and developed a love affair with sturgeon at a relatively young age. Some of his fondest childhood memories are sitting in a boat with his father and grandfather hook and line fishing for lake sturgeon on the Menominee River. Ryan aspired to make a career in fisheries management and was fortunate to land a position as a fisheries technician with the Wisconsin DNR in Oshkosh under the tutelage of Dr. Ronald Bruch. After four years as a fisheries technician, Ryan was hired as the Winnebago System Sturgeon Biologist in 2012. In that position, Ryan spends his time conducting assessments of the sturgeon population, leading an ambitious public outreach program, facilitating habitat projects and integrating with internal and external partners to ensure the sustainability of the sturgeon population in the Winnebago System and the tradition associated with sturgeon spearing.