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Weather is usually part of our daily discussion. Deepen your conversations by participating in the free, four-week class “Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region” beginning on February 20.

Course content

Taught by Steve Ackerman, UW professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), and Margaret Mooney, CIMSS’ director of education and public outreach, the course will also incorporate information from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Weather-Ready Nation initiative as well as findings from the recent National Climate Assessment and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI).

For a course summary and video introduction, visit http://moocs.wisc.edu/mooc/great-lakes-weather-and-climate/.

Course format

The core of the course will be presented in a Massive Open Online Course or MOOC . This means that the lectures and other content will be available through the internet. It is open to anyone to enroll. For a video introduction to MOOCs at UW-Madison, visit http://moocs.wisc.edu/mooc-trailer/.

The “Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region” MOOC content for the first week will be available beginning February 20. Students may view the content on their own schedule. According to UW-Madison, one can “Think of MOOCs as being like a big online museum. People can go in and find out about the subjects that interest them by looking at a number of artifacts. Sometimes visitors will go through the whole museum, while others come just to see one room, or even one statue. Similarly, in a MOOC, people go online to learn more about the topics that interest them. The videos, discussion forums and learning activities with-in a MOOC are a little bit like the artifacts in a museum.”

Moderated hour-long discussion of each week's course content will be held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. at Scandinavia Public Library. Discussions are at 4:30 p.m. on February 27, March 5, March 12, and March 19. Snacks will be provided.

Many students will interact with MOOC content from home or work. Public computers at the Scandinavia Public Library are available for this purpose as well.

Enrollment

To sign up for a UW-Madison MOOC or to learn more, go to www.moocs.wisc.edu and click on the icon for the “Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region” MOOC. When you enroll you will be taken to our Coursera page, where you can create an account and sign up for free.

K-12 Teacher Graduate Credit

In 2015 the University of Wisconsin-Madison is launching six new MOOCs with environmental themes. The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) in collaboration with the UW Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) is offering K-12 teachers an opportunity to earn 1 graduate level credit for taking the following two MOOCs: Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region (2/23 – 3/23) and Energy and the Earth (6/21-7/18) and attending a day and a half workshop in Madison. For more information see this CIMSS website.

Partners

UW-Madison MOOC efforts are supported by Educational Innovation (EI), an initiative of the provost’s office that aims to transform teaching, learning and engagement to inspire students and empower communities.
 
Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), a nonprofit membership organization that facilitates collaborative projects to advance library service, is providing coordination between UW-Madison and the 21 public library partners for the MOOC., primarily in the state of Wisconsin. Here is a map of the participating libraries.

Scandinavia Public Library is a member of OWLS, the Outagamie Waupaca Library System.

Shelf for Sale

The Scandinavia Public Library has recently acquired a beautiful, new circulation desk suite. As a result, a shelving unit is now looking for a new home. If you are interested, please speak with Sue at the library, or call the library at 715-467-4636, or email us at sca@mail.owls.lib.wi.us.

Shelving Unit

  • Asking $25
  • 48" wide x 24" deep x 40-1/2" height
  • Laminate covered, particle board construction
  • The unit has solid, fixed dividers from front to back and side to side, dividing it into equal quarters
  • 10 adjustible shelves, plus the bottom, fixed surface/shelf
  • Metal shelf supports lock into position
  • This unit rolls on 4 metal casters: 2 fixed, 2 rotating
  • This unit shows a fair amount of wear, but is still very sturdy.
  • This shelf can be adjusted for many purposes, but would be ideal for crafting supplies!

The buyer is responsible for moving the shelves from the library. Offers will be considered in the order that they are received.

Reading More and Viking It! T-shirts for Sale

Photograph of t-shirt with Viking image for Scandinavia Public LIbraryBased on popular demand, Scandinavia Public Library Reading More and Viking It! t-shirts are available for $12 each. The royal blue, 100% cotton (preshrunk) shirts are silk screened with the library name on the upper left chest in the front and the viking on the back. Child and adult sizes are the same price. If you are looking for a size that we don't carry we will order it for you as available through our vendor through November 2014.

Support the library and share your Viking pride with a t-shirt!

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Crafting Bee

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! This informal group is designed for handicrafters of all types to work in an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support. Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. So whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, hand quilt, bead, or scrap, and whether you are a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! Supervised children are also welcome. Please come and enjoy the fun!

Crafting Bee  takes place from 10 a.m. - Noon every Thursday.

You can check out some of our projects on the Scandinavia Public Library Facebook page!

Crafting Bee

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! This informal group is designed for handicrafters of all types to work in an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support. Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. So whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt, bead, or scrap, and whether you are a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! Supervised children are also welcome. Please come and enjoy the fun!

Crafting Bee  takes place from 10 a.m. - Noon every Thursday.

You can check out some of our projects on the Scandinavia Public Library Facebook page!

Crafting Bee

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! This informal group is designed for handicrafters of all types to work in an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support. Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. So whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt, bead, or scrap, and whether you are a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! Supervised children are also welcome. Please come and enjoy the fun!

Crafting Bee  takes place from 10 a.m. - Noon every Thursday.

You can check out some of our projects on the Scandinavia Public Library Facebook page!

Presidents' Day

Monday, February 16, 2015 (All day)

Portion of the US flag graphicThe library is closed on Monday, February 16, 2015 for Presidents' Day.

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Crafting Bee

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! This informal group is designed for handicrafters of all types to work in an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support. Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. So whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt, bead, or scrap, and whether you are a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! Supervised children are also welcome. Please come and enjoy the fun!

Crafting Bee  takes place from 10 a.m. - Noon every Thursday.

You can check out some of our projects on the Scandinavia Public Library Facebook page!

February 2015 Book Group

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

A Knight in Shining Armor cover artLibrarian Meredith will lead the book discussion on A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. The publisher describes the book as "Abandoned by her lover, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery finds herself alone and brokenhearted in an old English church. She never dreamed that a love more powerful than time awaited her there...until Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, a sixteenth-century knight, appeared. Drawn to him by a bond so sudden and compelling that it defied reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect just as she was. But she could not know how strong were the chains that tied them to the past -- or the grand adventure that lay before them."

The Scandinavia Public Library chooses a book monthly (except for December) to read and discuss as a group on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Selections vary widely and readers are welcome to participate as frequently as they choose.

Crafting Bee

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! This informal group is designed for handicrafters of all types to work in an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support. Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. So whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt, bead, or scrap, and whether you are a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! Supervised children are also welcome. Please come and enjoy the fun!

Crafting Bee  takes place from 10 a.m. - Noon every Thursday.

You can check out some of our projects on the Scandinavia Public Library Facebook page!

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