Come to the 5th annual Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival and be a part of a free public celebration of books and reading featuring author talks, art-making with illustrators, writing workshops, musical entertainment, book sales and signings, plus fun children’s activities and more! Many fabulous creators of books for children and teens will appear October 10-12 and many events are held right at Mead!
Mead Public Library will offer a free program about the history of the Seils-Sterling Circus on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m. Peter Shrake will present the history of the Seils-Sterling Circus highlighting the talk with photographs, artifacts, lithographs, and other materials from the collections of Circus World Museum in Baraboo. Shrake is the archivist at Circus World Museum. The Lindemann Brothers Circus gave its first performance in Sheboygan in 1918. A plaque near the Sheboygan Post Office marks the location.
Meet Shelly Jones, a Sheboygan area mom who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at age 35—and wrote a book about it. Shelly's book is emotional, humorous and real. She will discuss her experience with cancer at a free program on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Rocca Meeting Room. She will sign and sell her book, "Boob Envy: The Story of a Breast Cancer Hostage," following the program.
Learn to make Temari Balls, an ancient craft. Free two-part workshop, class size limited, supplies provided. Register by calling 459-3400, ext. 3422. The class will be held on Saturdays, Oct. 18 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and participants must attend both classes.
Mead Library will screen six movies, all adapted from books that have been challenged or banned, to celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 22-27. Selections for all ages are included. Check the calendar for details on titles and times.
Something new at Mead! The Book to Art Club! The goal is to explore literature through discussion and hands-on creative projects. A Mead Public Library staff member will lead the discussion. Create a piece of art while you talk. Art supplies will be provided or feel free to bring your own. Teens and adults are welcome. Check the titles and schedule for this program and other book discussions this fall.
Kevin Hampton, from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, will present "Faces of the Iron Brigade," a free program about Civil War veterans from Wisconsin, at Mead Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at noon. Through artifacts, images, and firsthand accounts, this program will shed some light on the humanity of the men who made history.