Keeping You in Stitches

“Taking needle and thread and creating – stitch by stitch – is not only a way to make something to brighten a room or to give to a friend, but it’s also therapeutic.” “With every stitch, it’s an escape into a wonderful world of expression filled with color, texture, and stitches to learn.” An excerpt from Embroidery, 35 Projects to Decorate, Celebrate, and Embellish. This title from Better Homes and Gardens includes step-by-step instructions, easy to follow diagrams, and full-size templates.

And a second title: The editors of CrossStitcher magazine have assembled 255 patterns in the book Gifts to Cross Stitch. Beginners may want to start with the title described earlier because this book is not really designed to be a how-to. It’s a go to; an ideas book with lot’s of colorful photos of gifts for special occasions.


Book Sale

The library is having a semiannual book sale!  There are many, many paperback romances available, as well some dictionaries, books about JFK, fiction and non-fiction titles, and some children’s books. Paperbacks are 10 cents each, and hard cover books are 25 cents each. The sale ends December 4th, so stop in soon to pick up some good books to see you through the winter months.

Judith Redline Coopey titles

Author and former librarian Judith Redline Coopey sent a letter recently. Along with her best wishes, she generously donated three of her works of historical fiction for readers to enjoy. Coopey provided a plot summary for each book and they are included here.

“The first [book] Redfield Farm is about the Underground Railroad in southern Pennsylvania prior to the Civil War. It tells of the adventures of a Quaker woman and her brother in rescuing fugitive slaves and sending them on to freedom in Canada.”

“The second, Waterproof, is a novel about the aftermath of the 1889 Johnstown (Pennsylvania) flood. The disaster happened when a dam holding back a lake owned by an exclusive club of Pittsburgh millionaires failed and destroyed the city of Johnstown, killing almost 3,000 people.”

“The third, Looking for Jane, will be perhaps most interesting to the Lone Rock Library patrons because Bear Valley is featured in it.  It is the coming of age story of a fifteen year old foundling with a cleft palate who runs away from the convent where she was raised, finds a dime novel about Calamity Jane and decides that Calamity Jane is her mother. She goes west from Pennsylvania to Deadwood, South Dakota, looking for Jane. I won’t tell you how Bear Valley figures in the story, but I think anyone from that area will get a kick out of it.”
Coopey is tending a number of other projects. The writer is working on a second edition of her well known book, Herkimer’s, Holsteins & Cheese: a Brief History of Bear Valley, Wisconsin. This edition will include a list of sources that should prove interesting to history buffs in the area. Coopey’s books are also available on CD and can be purchased through Amazon. To find out more about Judith Redline Coopey, visit her website,

Summer’s Gone

The summer reading program was very successful this year, with 41 children participating overall, including 34 kids who stopped in throughout the summer to select books to read in the library. Readers in-house were very focused.  If they read 10 books, they could choose a prize!  If they read to another child, both kids received points!  At times the library was abuzz with activity. The totals are impressive, with over 740 points for books read or listened to in the library, and kids recording 388 titles read at home.

VHS Available

There’s more room for fiction titles here at the library!  We’ve cleared out our adult VHS collection, and placed them on a table for giveaway!  Over 100 videos are now available including titles such as Waiting to Exhale, Father’s Little Dividend (with Spencer Tracy), Lost in Space (the 1998 version), Enemy of the State, Skylark, and many others.  Stop in and fill up a bag with your picks!

New Titles Just In

A number of donations have come in recently including several Robert Ludlum, and Robert B. Parker titles.  We are making room for books and Books on CD by removing adult videotapes from our collection.  Stop by and check out the videos freely available!

Summer Reading Program Comes to a Close

The summer reading program was a big hit this year with over 35 children participating.  Kids won some great prizes: jump ropes, baseballs, bubbles, flip flops, hula hoops and a more great outdoor items. Summer reading helps children prepare for the challenges of the next school year.  Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Card Class for Children and Adults

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

The library is offering two free card-making sessions. Do you have a card ready for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or just to say Happy Spring? Making a card is fun and easy! Stop in and come away with some cute cards to share.
Kid’s Class – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Adult Class – 11:00 – Noon

And while you’re here, visit the Book Sale for some bargain books and DVDs, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m..

High Expectations For Local Libraries

A January 2013 Pew Research Center report surveyed over 2,200 people to find out, What do Americans expect from their local libraries?

Librarians to help find stuff.
Books to borrow.
Computers and Internet access.
Quiet spaces.
Programs and classes.
Research resources.
Job & career support.
Free events & activities.
Public meeting spaces.

A complete and lengthy report, Library Services in the Digital Age, is available from the Pew Research Center, a “fact tank that informs the public about issues, attitudes and trends shaping America”.



More Great Stuff

The book John Quincy Adams by historian Harlow Unger is new and available. The son of John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy served five presidents before he served as the sixth president of the United States (1825-1829).  Unger studied Adams’ family papers, his correspondence, his diary of 68 years, as well as other source materials to create what the Library Journal calls a “stirring” and “irresistible” account of the life of John Quincy Adams.

Published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press is the book, Badger Boneyards: the Eternal Rest of the Story (2010), by journalist Dennis McCann.  McCann meandered through many Wisconsin graveyards, and survived to share these notes and stories.