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Libraries are more than just books today.  Check out the pages of our website above to find out what’s happening at the library. Click on the WRLSWEB link on the left to search our catalog and the other links to find information on other topics.

Upcoming Library Events.

Christmas Bird Count Program Wed. Dec. 7 @ 5:30pm. Find out how you can participate in the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count.  Ben Johnston will give a presentation at the Ontario library on the 2 events in the Kickapoo Valley and winter bird identification tips. The Bird Counts are on Sat. Dec. 24 and Sat. Dec. 31. For more information contact Ben at 608-625-2960 or ben.johnston@wisconsin.gov.

Craft Items for the Holidays. The Knit Wits and others have been busy creating beautiful craft items as a fundraiser for the library.  Stop in and do your holiday shopping. All proceeds benefit the library.

Play Groups Wednesdays at 10:00am.  Preschool children are invited to join us each Wednesday for fun stories, activities and crafts that promote school readiness.

Book Group Discussion on Wed. Dec. 14 at 2:00pm.  We will discuss Badlands C.J. Box. Stop by the library for a copy, if you would like to read the book or join the discussion.

Food Drive. We are having a food drive for the local food pantry. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the library.  There is a table in the entryway where you can leave your items.  Help make the holidays a little brighter for those in our area who are in need.

Sock ‘em is for knitters interested in trying more challenging sock patterns.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 4 at 8:30am at the library and we will be doing a pattern using the Miracle Loop. The group generally meets monthly to share new techniques and answer questions. This is a great time to start knitting socks if you haven’t tried them before. Check out the Knit Wits page on the website under the Programs tab or contact the library for a list of needed supplies.

Cookie Sale on Fri. Dec. 9 beginning at 10:00am. The Knit Wits will be selling cookies and other holiday treats as a fundraiser for the library.  Cookies are $4 a dozen and you can choose which type of cookies you want from a variety of choices.

Santa Shop on Sat. Dec. 10 at the Ontario Community Hall. The Knit Wits will offer a Santa Shop at the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration.  Children can purchase a small gift for a family member for $0.25.  Proceeds will benefit the library.

The Treat’s On Us on Fri. Dec. 23 during our open hours. Stop in for a sweet treat to celebrate the holidays and in appreciation of your support of the library throughout the year.

The Library will be Closed Sat. Dec. 24, Mon. Dec. 26, Sat. Dec. 31 & Mon. Jan. 2 for the Holidays. 

Knit Wits every Friday from 10:00am-12:00pm. Bring you knitting or other handwork and join the always lively conversation.

Can You Help Us? There are many ways to support the library.  Consider these opportunities and give us a call: Deliver books to the homebound. Donate gently used children’s books. Help with the Shared Stories project. Help with the Community Garden. Organize and add books to our two Little Free Libraries. Bake cookies or help serve at a fundraising dinner.

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