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September is Library card sign up month!

Tell a friend or family member or colleague how much you like using your free Infosoup library card!

Give us your best shot photo contest winners, 2021!

Congratulations to GIVE US YOUR BEST SHOT WINNERS, 2021! First place (#13) Allie Boughton; Second place (#17) Jennifer Galliford; Third place (#22) Melody Johnson. All of the entries were great and received votes! Winners, you will hear from the Friends about your prizes. Thanks everyone!

The new Infosoup is here! This is how you can access it!

To begin, please start @ https://infosoup.bibliocommons.com

Then please follow the directions in this video:

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A more in-depth tutorial of Biblicommons

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Interactions with Fable and Rolo during curbside service!

Huge thanks go to the creative talents of Colette Bezio and Cindy Borgen!

Enjoy!

Rolo and Fable thank you for your letters during quarantine.  Now that our doors are open again, please visit them in person instead of writing!

 

FMPL Fall Fundraiser is underway! Thinking spring beauty, 2022!

Thanks to FMPL for all of the support they give our library to make us relevant and active!

Here is the applicable url:http://MuehlLibrary.fpfundraising.com

We appreciate YOUR SUPPORT, too!

About our neighbors to the east! A positive during COVID!

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We are happy to promote this educational & supportive offering for the fall!

September Book Page is here!

The September BookPage is available at your library for free. Thanks to Friends of the Muehl Public Library (FMPL) for purchasing this for our patrons every month. It is a tremendous resource!

Virtual stories with Elizabeth & Sue, 2021 and 2020!

Enjoy our antics!!! Maybe you will act out a story or two this summer! Thank you to cameraman Mark Naze who expertly filmed both videos.

Piggie & Elephant with Elizabeth and Sue

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Glimmers of Joy from Outagamie County Extension

From Karen Dickerell:

It's Glimmers of Joy for September 2021!

Self-Compassion:  Lessons Learned in Life

I just spent twenty minutes looking for a computer file that I was convinced was supposed to be where I was looking.  I started to blame the computer upgrade, the storm we had earlier today and yes, even my jump drive. I then jumped to thinking about the files I had cleaned out last week...did I delete this important information???  I was frazzled to say the least.

I stepped away from my desk, took a little walk and realized I had been looking for the file in all the wrong places because the file had a different name than what I was looking for.  How do you spell relief?!

Now I could sit here and down grade myself and tell myself how stupid can you be?  But where does that get me?  Yes, I was in a little bit of a panic, because since the Pandemic, I've been relying on the technology more and printed copies of "stuff" less.  Recreating this file would take lots of time, time I didn't have right now.  

Stepping away from the "crisis" and moving around, getting a change of scenery and new perspective helped!  Walking back into the office I realized my mistake and sure enough -- I found the file in all the places I thought it was.
What does this have to do with self-compassion?  I think it is a real- life example of what happens to many of us every day.  Self-Compassion means "being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail or feel inadequate, rather than flagellating ourselves with self-criticism.

According to Dr. Kristin Neff, there are three components to self-compassion. They are: Self-kindness, Common Humanity and Mindfulness.  I will explain these concepts briefly in the video below.
 
 
As a result -- take some time to recognize the benefits of self-compassion during the month of September.

1) Forgive yourself and get back on track to reach your goals.
2) Set the stage for better health, relationships, and general well-being.
3) Seek greater wisdom and emotional intelligence
4) Deal with stress and other difficulties
5) Recognize feelings of social connection and life satisfaction
6) Seek out happiness, optimism, curiosity, and positive attitudes
7)Be ready to learn and grow
8)Become less attached to controlling and verbally or being physically aggressive

Check out resources on Self-Compassion...There is a growing number of researchers that are working on self-compassion as we live through difficult times.

Read a book, perhaps seek out a group of people that you could safely meet with and discuss what you read.  

I reached out to author and researcher,  Dr. Kristen Neff and asked her if she had any discussion questions for the recent book she wrote, "Fierce Self-Compassion".  Her assistant, Amy Noelle sent the follow as possible discussion questions:

What point of view is the book written from?
What form does the author use to  deliver the content? (is is narrative, practice, research)
Is the book appropriate for all audiences?
Would you recommend the book?
How did the book make you feel?
What did you learn from reading the book?

These questions could all be adapted for almost any book you select!  You could even add a "joy" question -- like "Did you see any glimmers of joy in the book as you read it?"

I taped my video message and then realized after the fact, that I wished everyone a great August!  What I really meant was have a great September...we'll see if you catch it.  Forgive yourself and move forward.
Sincerely,
Karen Dickrell

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Remote Access to Ancestry Library Edition Kindly Extended

ProQuest and its partner Ancestry have extended remote access to Ancestry Library Edition to December 31, 2021. Users will still need to enter their library card number via our InfoSoup page https://infosoup.info/ancestry-remote.php in order to take advantage of remote access.

Proquest is using a URL referral to authenticate users. This works in most cases, but it is possible that a personal firewall or VPN might interfere with this. Make sure you are entering your correct Infosoup library card barcode and turn off your firewall or VPN.

Child Tax Credit summer, 2021

The Child Tax Credit is part of the American Rescue Plan and aims to help families raising children make ends meet. Experts estimate the new Child Tax Credit has the potential to cut child poverty in half. 

Who is eligible for the child tax credit? 

Starting on July 15 and through the rest of the calendar year, payments will be made monthly at $250 per child between 6-17 years old or $300 per child under 6 years old. All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called head of household).

What do families need to do to receive payments? 

If families filed their 2020 taxes this year or filed 2019 taxes last year, or used the IRS “Non-Filer Portal” to get a stimulus check last year, they don’t need to do anything. Didn’t file taxes in the last 2 years? Go to this

LINK.

Congratulations Seymour Woman's Club Scholarship Winners, 2021!

    Zoe   Rachel                                                     Laura   Elizabeth

      For the 52nd year, the Seymour Woman’s Club is proud to award scholarships to Seymour Community High School seniors. The 2021 winners are:  Zoe Engebos, daughter of Jennifer and Brian Engebos; Rachel Karweick, daughter of Ann-Marie Karweick;  Laura Wilkins, daughter of Katie Wilkins; and Elizabeth Zahn, daughter of Staci and Steven Zahn.  Each winner will receive a $750 scholarship after the completion of an academic semester.  All seniors at SCHS were eligible for consideration.

 

            Zoe Engebos plans to attend UW LaCrosse to study biology and environmental science.  She is a member of the cross country team and captain of the track and field team.  In FFA, she has been reporter, secretary, and president, and has won several speaking contest awards.

 

            Rachel Karweick intends to study at UW River Falls, perhaps to major in criminology and psychology. She is active in 4-H, FFA, FBLA, and band. In FBLA, she placed second in a regional competition for business communications. With the band, she traveled to Washington D.C. and Mackinac Island and played in parades in each place.

 

            Laura Wilkins will attend Northland College as an environmental major, planning to be an environmental educator.  She is a member of Academic Decathalon, Art Club, FFA, and Gay Straight Alliance. She has volunteered with the U.S. Forest Service, seeking out endangered ferns.

 

            Elizabeth Zahn will attend UW Eau Claire, majoring in mathematics with the goal of continuing to graduate school to become a professor.   She has been active in student government, cross country, track, and Spanish Club. For her research with zebra fish, she received a commendation for her research paper published by a UW Milwaukee science research journal.

 

Seymour Woman's Club Virtual Art Contest

The Seymour Woman's Club Art Contest had another successful year despite having to do the contest virtually! Thanks to everyone for their help and participation! Please click on the pdf below to see the summary of this year's event.  And enjoy these two galleries! One has the winners and one has all the remaining entries. As usual, judging the art was very challenging! Good work, students! Thanks to our virtual judges: Jarrid Rynish, Dymphna Timmins, & Christina Timmins.

 

 

The winners of the Seymour Woman's Club Art Contest, 2021' Seymour Woman's Club virtual art contest in 2021 

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