Week Three of the Penny War between the five Green Lake County libraries brought some big changes to our totals. Berlin Library is now in first place with $1,680.81, Kingston in second with $1,493.89, followed by Princeton at $504.05, Green Lake clocks in fourth with $346.97, and Markesan is in last place at $323.27. What’s on the line here? Bragging rights, of course. And an ice cream social served by the directors of the losing library to the community of the winning library. The Penny War ends Sunday, July 31st, so there’s still time to make a difference in who that winner might be. I’m currently typing to the sound of coins filling the coin bin up, but all monetary donations are accepted. A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

Since the last day of our Penny War is a Sunday it’s a good time to mention that we are open on Sundays and staffed by a lovely crew of library volunteers. If you would like to check out materials on your Sunday visit, please have your library card with you. Here’s a full listing of our hours so you can make the most of every opportunity to visit: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-1pm, and Sunday 1-4pm.

On August 2nd we have plenty to keep busy with starting at 10am. Roasts & Reads is our casual Book Club for readers of all kinds. Have you read something lately? Are you in a reading slump? Circle up by the fireplace and share with us. In turn, you’ll hear what others have been reading, too. You might learn of a new author or book that you just have to check out. While we are sipping on coffee and chatting about books, we can easily add items on your library holds list to keep you reading until the next get together. Also starting at 10am on August 2nd, Kim Bond and team will bring Fancy the therapy mini horse over to the library side yard. If you are able, please bring chairs or blankets to sit on. We will listen to Kim read us some stories, hear about Fancy and the process of becoming a therapy horse, and have an opportunity to meet Fancy up close and take pictures. Fancy is the sweetest little horse around and she is sure to brighten your day!

We also have a musical interlude for you on Friday, August 5 starting at 2 pm as part of the Green Lake Festival of Music free performances in the Thomas E. Caestecker Family Concert Series. The Third Lake Brass Quintet will visit with us in the library side yard for an outdoor performance, weather permitting. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on. If we’re rained out, the concert will move to the lower level of the library. There will also be a free ice cream social afterwards! All ages are welcome and sure to enjoy this fun and educational performance.