The first annual Winter Reading Challenge ended on January 31st, to a massive success! We have a community goal of reading 350 hours in six weeks, and we finished with just shy of 800 hours read. Wow! Thank you to all of our participants and we hope to do something similar again next year. In the meantime, we are switching our focus to planning for Summer Reading with the theme “Tales and Tails”. Summer Reading is usually one of our favorite times of year with a lot of programming, prizes and free books, and plenty of visitors to the library. Last year it looked very different and while we hope to be able to bring this program closer to “normal” though it will all depend on how the area’s health is doing at that time. For now, we are planning a variety of activities that can be transitioned to in-person or take-home/virtual.

We received some handouts from the Federal Trade Commission that are available for free at the library. The handouts are “Making a Budget”, a worksheet “Make a Budget”, and Renting an Apartment or House”. These one-page handouts can assist anyone looking to make a budget or perhaps renting for the first time. To see a picture of these handouts, look at our Facebook page.

To finish off Bookmarks this week, we will touch on a few of our newest additions to the collection.

“Book’s BIG Adventure” by Adam Lehrhaupt. According to the description on the book, when a little girl outgrows her favorite book and it is donated to the library, Book worries it will never be read again. It sits along and neglected on a library shelf, and one unlucky day, Book falls from its perch and lands behind the shelf out of sight. How will anyone find it now? To see how Book’s future unfolds, check out “Book’s BIG Adventure at the Mondovi Public Library, released on February 9th.

“Hudson Bay Bound: Two Women, One Dog, Two Thousand Miles to the Arctic” by Natalie Warren and Ann Bancroft. This book is the true story of Natalie and Ann who took the 2,000-mile route from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. They face unexpected trials and end up being the first women to make this expedition. According to promotional material for the book, “Warren’s spellbinding account retraces the women’s journey from inspiration to Artic waters, giving readers an insider view from the practicalities of planning a three-month canoe expedition to the successful accomplishment of the adventure of a lifetime.” This book released on February 2nd and it available at the Mondovi Public Library.

The library is open Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday.