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Week of October 21, 2019

Monday, October 21

When you think of the accordion, you may remember Saturday night polka dances, or reruns of the Lawrence Welk Show. But the accordion is truly a global instrument, with a genre-spanning repertoire that reflects the diversity of cultures all over the world.
Accordionist Micah Sommersmith is fascinated by the broad reach of his chosen instrument. His curiosity has led him to a world far beyond the German and Polish dance tunes we know and love, and his program, “Accordion Around the World”, highlights some of the music he has found along the way.
The sounds of Micah’s accordion will transport you to the vineyards of Italy, the bayous of Louisiana, the tango halls of Argentina, and - of course! - the beer gardens of Germany, to name just a few stops on the journey.

Memory Cafés are for those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment, and for family and friends of those affected. It’s a great opportunity for lively discussions, information gathering, refreshments, camaraderie, and lots of creative fun thrown in! We have a gerontology professional on hand to answer questions and an enormous wealth of experience among participants to be shared. We’d be delighted if you would join us!

Sponsored by the Fox Valley Memory Project, Neenah Library, and Valley VNA.

This program was made possible by the Friends of the Neenah Library and the Neenah Public Library Trust Fund. Donations to the Friends and the Trust Fund are always accepted and appreciated.

The Neenah Public Library, in collaboration with Deb Skyrms, will offer a free four-week course on “Mindful Living”. The four-week class will be held at the Neenah Public Library on Mondays in October, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The class is free; registration is required. Please call to register: 920-886-6315. Class size is limited.

Class participants will explore the many benefits of living mindfully – resulting in a less stressful life. You’ll learn how to meditate, manage emotions, and challenge negative thoughts. Throughout the class, the book, Slowing Down to the Speed of Life, by Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey, rev. ed. 2009, will be used in discussions. Copies of the book will be available for checkout by participants.

The class will be taught by Deb Skyrms, a Licensed Professional Counselor. Deb was a mental health therapist for ThedaCare and most recently an adjunct faculty member at Fox Valley Technical College teaching the class, “Living Mindfully.”

For more information about the Mindful Living program, please contact Library Director Gretchen Raab at Neenah Public Library at 920-886-6300 or by email at

Tuesday, October 22

Toddle Time

Ages 12-24 months

Reading Music Movement • Free Play

Toddle Time is an active storytime for children and their caregivers. We encourage development with reading a book, lively bounces, rhymes and musical instruments! A thirty minute free time is included at the end to enhance socialization skills for toddlers. So come learn, play and toddle with us!

**Siblings are always welcome!


Jitterbug Storytime

Ages 2-4

•Music • Movement • Reading • Cultural Exploration 

Jitterbug Storytime is a music and movement appreciation storytime for children and caregivers to explore all styles of music while encouraging our little one's abilities to jump, dance, sing  and play! We will celebrate different cultures while developing gross motor skills! Expand your musical horizons with songs from various music genres including  popular, classical, folk, show name it! A high energy, movement-based storytime that begins with bubble time and is sure to get your little jitterbugson their feet!

**Siblings are always welcome!

Wee Read

All Ages

Reading Music Movement Dramatization

Wee Read is storytime designed to engage family members of all ages. We will share songs and stories, learn rhymes- both old and new, and shake our sillies out with lively music! Each storytime offers a family-fun puppet show and ends with a rhyme you get to take home. We are prepared to keep things flexible so that kids of every age will have a rewarding storytime experience!



Just in time for Halloween, join Craig Nehring and the Fox Valley Ghost Hunters team Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30pm at the Neenah Public Library. Craig will be sharing his experiences hunting the paranormal in and around the Fox Valley. Learn about the special instruments the ghost hunters use, hear audio evidence, and more. No registration is necessary.

Wednesday, October 23

Toddle Time

Ages 12-24 months

Reading Music Movement • Free Play

Toddle Time is an active storytime for children and their caregivers. We encourage development with reading a book, lively bounces, rhymes and musical instruments! A thirty minute free time is included at the end to enhance socialization skills for toddlers. So come learn, play and toddle with us!

**Siblings are always welcome!


Baby Time

Birth to 12 months

Reading Music Movement Free Play

Baby Time is a gentle storytime providing an opportunity for babies and their grown-ups to bond through talk, touch, sing and play! Using repetition and movement participants will learn songs, rhymes and bounces perfect for connecting with your little ones. This storytime is followed by free play, a great opportunity for babies and adults to interact and socialize!

**Siblings are always welcome!


"S" is for Storytime

Ages 3-5

Reading Music Movement Dramatization

"S" is for Storytime is an interactive storytime offering pre-school aged children and their caregivers the opportunity to gain early literacy skills through stories and songs. Join the fun as we read books, share flannel board stories, move to music, and delight all together in our puppet theater dramatizations!

**Siblings are always welcome!


Please join Julie Olson, from Hearing Loss Association of America, on October 23rd at 6.30 pm as she good-humoredly offers valuable advice from her own experience as a person with hearing loss and from her involvement in HLAA for living and thriving with hearing loss. Nearly 20% of the population has some degree of hearing loss; while almost 100% cares about someone who has it. Yet, people hide it and deny they have it. The consequences of denial are serious as they tend to lead to social isolation, depression, and even cognitive decline. Share a light-hearted evening with us and gain insight into what can be most helpful in one’s journey to live well with hearing loss. HLAA is a consumer-based organization that does not sell or endorse products or providers. No registration necessary.

Thursday, October 24

You and Me

Ages 2-3

Reading Music Movement Dramatization

You and Me is our transition to “big kid” storytime for older toddlers and young preschoolers and their caregivers. Stories, rhymes, movement, and puppets provide children with emerging vocabulary the opportunity to build language skills! Discover concepts like letters, numbers, colors, and more during our time together. Each week we will highlight a letter of the day, a traditional nursery rhyme and guess what's in the mystery bag.

**Siblings are always welcome!


Bring music you're working on, something you're having trouble with, play a solo or a duet for the group, play along with your fellow ukers. All skill levels welcome!

Ukers will meet in the first floor Story Time Room.

Drop in for a friendly game of chess every Thursday evening from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend. Even if you have never played, but are interested in learning, stop by and we will teach you. No registration or chess boards required. Chess is played on the library's second floor.

The Packers Century Project has been Jim’s passion to document every game in Green Bay Packers history…1,430 games!  Jim will share with us  the rich Green Bay Packers history, fans stories, and photos of the team.  Jim is a former school superintendent and history teacher. 

Friday, October 25

It's a family dance party! A half-hour of rhythm, rhyme and movement for children of all ages and their grown ups. There will be interactive songs with scarves and shaker eggs, followed by danceable music from hip-hop to Motown to swing. No talent necessary, dancing is required! The program is free – no registration needed.


All Ages

• Reading • Yoga • Mindfulness •  

Getting bendy with books! Please join us Friday mornings for Bookworm Yoga.  Breathe, bend and read together with seasonal themed stories, rhymes and songs. Children will develop pre-literacy skills with simple poses and mindfulness exercises. Bring a beach towel or mat and join us. All ages welcome.

**Siblings are always welcome!

Out of school with nothing to do?  Kids ages 4-9 years old are invited to transform a knit hat into a monster of your own creation!  We'll supply the hats and accessories, you supply the imagination.

Tween ages 10 and up can make their own nightmare toy by mixing and matching body parts from different toys.  We'll supply the toys--unless you have your own you want to disassemble!

What better way to prepare for the election season than a classic political film series & discussion? A special after-hours film event. Pizza will be served.

A Face in the Crowd

Friday, October 18th, 6:30 p.m. 1957 film. Directed by Elia Kazan. Starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Lee Remick & Walter Matthau.

All the Kings Men

Friday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. 1949 film. Starring Broderick Crawford. Based on the Pulizter Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren.

The Manchurian Candidate

Friday, November 1, 6:30 p.m. 1962 film. Starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury.



Sunday, October 27

In partnership with Lawrence University the Neenah Public Library will be offering a series of free live jazz concerts. This year, in honor of Blue Note Records 80th Anniversary, each concert will feature hits from the venerable label. Including songs from Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, and more. Hosted in the library’s Shattuck Room. No reservations necessary.