Smokey Bear’s Birthday

Smokey Bear’s birthday was August 9th, 2014!

We’re celebrating his 70th birthday here in the library with a small display of Smokey memorabilia. Sue Sadler of Lone Rock kindergarten fame is sharing items that she has collected over many years.

Visit the Smokey Bear Historical Park online to print off coloring pages for the kids:

This time of year it’s especially important to remember, Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires!



National Deaf History Month

March 13th through April 15th is National Deaf History Month. The Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD) in Delavan, WI has been serving Wisconsin’s deaf and hard of hearing children and their families since 1852. The school provides educational services and programs for students in grades preschool through high school.

The library media center located at the school in Delavan is celebrating by sharing information and resources from their collections with libraries around the state! The Lone Rock Community Library is participating with a display of items that are ready to check out. To learn to communicate more effectively with your baby, check out Sign With Your Baby, a how-to book written by Joseph Garcia. Watch and listen to children’s stories with Read With Me, a DVD featuring 3 storytellers that sign The Very Busy Spider, Owl Babies, and Monster Can’t Sleep. Or for adults and children ages 11 and older, read Signing Fun. Author Penny Warner offers 441 useful signs. Illustrator Paula Gray provides hundreds of easy-to-follow illustrations that will help you learn American Sign Language, “the fourth most commonly used language in the United States”. Additional titles are on display.

Frank Lloyd Wright Display

Taliesin Preservation, Inc. provides Wright in the Classroom, a fun and educational program that introduces children in the 4th grade to the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.  Children learn about the Froebel blocks that influenced Wright, and the many projects that Wright created around the United States, and the world.  The fourth graders at Lone Rock elementary school have created a novel 30″ x 47″ patchwork quilt, as part of the learning process, that is now on display at the library. Student reports cover architectural projects in Wisconsin, Arizona, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Missouri, New York, and Japan! Each student researched a different building designed by Wright, and typed up a report of their findings.  Do you know which Wright projects are located in these places?  Stop in to find out! See the Project: Taliesin4thgradeProj

Wisconsin Library Memorabilia on Display

On display for June, is Wisconsin Library Memorabilia, an exhibit of the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center (WLHC) –  The exhibit features plates and other dainty pieces transfer-printed with pictures of a variety of libraries from around the state.  It’s just a portion of a large collection of souvenir items belonging to Larry Nix, retired librarian, library history buff and curator for the WLHC.

Civil War Era Day Dress

On display in the library is an 1860s style day dress with handbag handmade by seamstress Terry Heffner (of Terry’s Sewing Shop on Hwy 14).  Terry is stitching in a hurry these days for Lone Rock’s Thunder in the River Valley Civil War Encampment, June 9th and 10th.  She received a number of orders from area residents for Civil War attire, one of her specialties.  Terry also creates custom fitted old west clothes.  For information, contact Terry at 608-637-3890 or

Day Dress with photos from the Lone Rock Area Historical Society Collection

Fishy Titles for Kids

Titles in our curio this week are children’s books on fish and fishing.  If you have a young person that’s a little fishy, stop in to check out some of these featured titles: Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers by David McLimans counts 1 to 10, and then back again. Bold sea creatures in the shape of numbers educate young and old about imperiled marine life.  Fishing in a Brook by Lawson Drinkard offers fishing terminology and friendly graphics, so kids from 6 to 106 can learn something about the sport.  Great for someone fishing for the first time.  Freshwater Fish & Fishing by Jim Arnosky describes various species of common freshwater fish.  Realistic sketches illustrate how to make various artificial baits such as cork popping bugs and spoon lures.  For the older child.