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National Library Week is April 7-13, 2019. Join us to celebrate public libraries and strong communities.  Stay tuned for updates and information about exciting events happening all week long! All events are free and open to the public. 

April 7-13

A Family is a Family is a Family- Free Photographs!
Various Hours, All Three La Crosse Public Library Locations

Join us at all three La Crosse Public Library locations during specific times throughout the week for an opportunity to document your own beautiful family of any type.  We will provide the photographer and you bring your people.  Each participating family will receive a digital copy of their photo via email.  Professionally printed photos will be on display in our three La Crosse Libraries for the month of May, after which you will receive the print as well.  To have your photo taken, check in at the front desk during the scheduled times. 

Monday, April 8

Monday Morning at Main: From Baker to Winner of National Bakeoff with Jen Barney of the Meringue Bakery
9:30-11 AM, Main Street Library

To celebrate National Library Week and to highlight the strength of our local business (and baking!) community, we'll be featuring a very special guest at our weekly Monday Mornings at Main program. Join us for a visit from local baker Jen Barney  of Meringue Bakery. Barney will be sharing her journey "From Baker to Winner of National Bake-Off." And yes, she'll be bringing along some baked goodies to share! Monday Mornings at Main is a series of lifelong learning programs for ages 50 and better. Each week through April 29 we'll hear from a different local expert to learn about a wide-variety of topics. 

National Library Week Reception and Record Award Banner Unveiling
11 AM-Noon, Main Street Library

Join us to kick off the start of National Library Week! We'll be celebrating in our atrium with live music and refreshments. We'll also be unveiling the winning design for the first annual Record Award Banner Project. This beautiful new banner, designed by local artist Mai Chao, will be added to our existing "Libraries are for Everyone" display outside the Main Street Library. 

Read more about Mai Chao and her winning artwork at the La Crosse Tribune

Tuesday, April 9

An Evening with Gene Luen Yang
6-8 PM, Main Street Library

Please join us for an evening with award-winning cartoonist, teacher and former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Mr. Gene Luen Yang.  Yang is the author of numerous graphic novels including The Shadow Hero, Boxers and Saints, Secret Coders, and American Born Chinese. He has also written for DC Comics, including issues of Superman and a full run of the New Super-Man, and for Dark Horse Comics, including graphic novel spinoffs of Avatar: The Last Airbender. This event is free! Seating is limited and is available only on a first come, first serve basis. Auditorium doors will open at 5:30pm. Mr. Yang will be available to sign his books after his presentation. Copies of his books will be available for purchase at the event.

Storytime for Adults
6:30-8 PM, Turtle Stack Brewery (125 2nd St S)

Why should children have all the fun? Our monthly 'Storytime for Adults' meets at the Turtle Stack Brewery. Join us to hear your favorite local librarians and performers read some of our favorite short stories and essays. In April, our theme will be "Death and Taxes." Doors open at 6 PM. Stories start right at 6:30 PM. Beer and beverages are available for purchase. Caution: stories may include adult content. Listener discretion is advised.

Wednesday, April 10

Behind-the-Scenes Archives Tours
3-7 pm, Main Street Library, Archives Department

Join the La Crosse Public Library for a behind-the-scenes tour of our incredible Archives. You'll meet with our resident archivists and historians to learn more about our archival materials and local history resources, plus get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at our archives collection. Tours depart every half-hour beginning at 3 pm, with the last tour at 6:30. No registration required. Meet outside the Archives on the second floor of the Main Street Library. 

An Evening with Mark Twain
7-8 PM, Main Street Library

This program is an indoor version of Walking with Twain, an outdoor theatre production, which is performed in the summer along the riverfront in downtown La Crosse by local actor, writer, and storyteller Michael Scott. The script for this one-man show is taken almost entirely from the writings and speeches of Twain himself with only minor additions from Scott. Join us at the public library to spend an evening with one of America’s greatest wordsmith!

Friday, April 12

Library Talent Show
4:30-5:30 PM, Main Street Library

We’ll be showing off our city’s most talented kids during National Library Week!  Join us in our auditorium to cheer on these talented local performers, all between the ages of 6 and 12.

Saturday, April 13

Free Trolley Rides
10 AM-2 PM, All Three La Crosse Public Library Locations

Jump on the trolley and ride between all three La Crosse Public Library locations! Check out what each of our three unique neighborhood libraries has to offer. Pick up your Library Passport and get it signed at all three locations from 10 AM-2 PM to be entered in our grand prize drawing. Fun for all ages! While you're visiting all three of our locations, be sure to enjoy all the free programs and resources available at the public library. Acitivities scheduled for the day include arts and crafts at North and South, and live performances by Addison Israelson at the Main Street Library from 11 AM-2 PM and members of the La Crosse Youth Symphony Orchestra at North from 10-11:30 AM and South from 12-1:30 PM.

Author Talk with Nickolas Butler
1-3 PM, Main Street Library

On tour with his latest novel, Little Faith, Nickolas Butler beautifully shares a Wisconsin family grappling with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the limitations of a radical church. In this open author chat, Butler will share from his new book, as well as talk about the writing life - how to get published, agents and editors, and how to hone your craft!