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Read Engage Advise Discuss for January 8, 2022: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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Read for a Better World during January, 2022!

The Muehl Public Library announces their first WINTER READING PROGRAM for the month of January, 2022. All welcome! New to Beanstack or not new to Beanstack begin here: muehlpubliclibrary.beanstack.org

There are four programs by age: 0 to 5; 6 to 11; 12 to 18; and adult. You can read the books WITHIN the app!! This program is sponsored by Beanstack and Lerner Publishing.

Read Engage Advise Discuss for December 11, 2021: The Frog At The Window by Scott J. Langteau

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Sharing an opportunity with the people we serve!

Rural Wisconsinites, we need your help! KW2 is looking for individuals to sign-up for a survey that will help organizations better understand the unique perspectives and experiences people living in rural Wisconsin. Sign-up is easy & those eligible are paid to participate! Learn more: bit.ly/KW2RuralResearch

Manhattan Shorts Film Festival, 2021, Seymour chose winners that matched International votes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 18, 2021 11:30 a.m. our time, winners just posted!!! (24th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival)

The wait is over! The votes are in! The hilarious French comedy Archibald’s Syndrome, written and directed by Daniel Perez, is the winner of the coveted Gold Medal in the 24th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. The Silver Medal is awarded to the dramatic Norwegian film The Kicksled Choir directed by Torfinn Iversen. The Northern Ireland short film Rough, a comedy written and directed by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn, takes the Bronze Medal. Fereshta Afshar was crowned Best Actor for her riveting performance in Bad Omen, a short film from Afghanistan. These three medal-winning films garnered the most votes from a worldwide in-theater and online audience from a field of 10 selections. All 10 films, by virtue of their appearance in MANHATTAN SHORT, are Oscar-qualified. Congratulations everyone!

Poetry contest for youth in WI

Please spread the word to youth poets whom you know. A subject thought is reactions to the Covid-19 pandemic. More information is available @

Read Engage Advise Discuss for October 9, 2021: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

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An important book with important information

Lauryn Walton is a library patron currently living in Texas. She stopped by the library, on a visit to the area, last week. She donated a book that she has written, SIX FEET TO INDEPENDENCE: UNDERSTANDING LIFE WITH A SERVICE DOG, to our library. We are so grateful and happy for her accomplishment. This is a topic in need of books. Great job! From the book description on amazon.com:

So you want a service dog.

Do you, though? Most entering this life don’t understand these aren’t just dogs that can go anywhere. It's training that costs thousands of dollars and takes nearly two years. Are you going to owner-train, have a puppy raiser, or buy a fully trained dog? If it's either of the first two, are you ready for puppyhood? Dogs aren't born service dogs; they experience the frustrations of puppyhood, too. Are you prepared for the chance of the dog washing or early retirement? Which breed are you getting? Rescue or breeder?

In Six Feet to Independence, Lauryn walks through the answers to these questions and more. With insights from breeders, trainers, and other handlers, she hopes to help you determine if this is the right path for you. Written from her own experiences, Lauryn’s conversational style puts readers at ease in facing this challenging lifestyle change.

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!

Placing a hold in 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!


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!


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

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January, 2022 Book Page is here!

The January 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 (posted monthly)

From Karen Dickerell:

Jump Start Your Energy in January  2022!
Jumper cables
I have memories of the cold weather and an older model car my first year of teaching -- I think it was a 1972 AMC Ambassador, I remember the days of living in an apartment without a garage and I'd need to plug in my car battery to keep it warm so that it would charge up and start in the dead of winter.  I also always carried jumper cables with me.  The plugging in and the jumper cables worked for my car...and really the analogy works in our lives as well. 
Thinking about eating for energy -- think about including more vegetables in your diet.  Roasting vegetable is a great way to let the deep rich flavors of vegies shine through.  Starches start to convert to sugar around 375 F, releasing a nutty sweetness.  Roast peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, carrots all work well for roasting.  Making vegetable stir-fry with onions, garlic and fresh ginger will jazz it up.  You can "smuggle" pureed vegetables into recipes too!  Try cauliflower rice, pasta, pizza, all adding nutrients.  Soups are wonderful in the winter months, and you can be creative in what you mix and match.  Chopping up those vegetables can also be a source of stress release! Smaller more frequent meals and snacks are a good idea as well.  It doesn't take too much to fee your brain -- a piece of fruit or a few nuts is adequate.  Eating smaller lunches also prevent that afternoon slump.
With the new year comes some ideas flying of "crash" diets.  The best way to lose weight gradually.  Eat regularly during the day, your brain needs a steady supply of glucose from food.  When the brain's glucose is low, people begin to feel hungry, and fatigue may set in.
Be careful with how much caffeine you are drinking.  Caffeine can give you a boost, but it can also decrease your energy level.  Too much caffeine late in the day can cause insomnia.
If you are going to drink alcohol, do so in moderation.  Avoid at lunch or too much in the evening if you want to do a lot of activities.
Drink water!  Water enhances performance for most activities.  If you are feeling tired, drink water.  Five to eight cups of fluids are generally recommended per day.
Exercise gives an energy boost.  So even if it is a walk around the house, going outside to get the mail, take advantage of that fresh air and movement. Get enough sleep!  Make it a priority.  If you exercise, avoid smoking, curb the caffeine, and establish routine bedtime activities it will help you in the long run.
If you find you can't sleep, get up and do something calming like read a book, listen to music.
Control the stress as much as possible.  Breathing exercises may come in handy.  Ask for help!  Reach out to others.
Take advantage of the beauty of nature -- even in the bitter cold.  Watch nature and the birds and all that is transpiring out your window.  Take time to breath!  Biophilia is where humans have an innate connection to natural workings.  Connections with nature can benefit your health according to Harvard Biologist Edward O. Wilson.
And finally, keep a focus on your goals.  Some people set resolutions for the year, while they may be a good start, the intentions often fall flat after a couple of weeks.   Determine what your priorities are for 2022 and strive to break those priorities down into manageable pieces.  Determine what stimulates and energizes you so you can channel your energy into the activities that matter the most to you!
Wishing you well as you jump start your energy into 2022!
We need to take care of ourselves and our bodies!
Life may have been a little more hectic the past couple of months and you may be ready to turn the page in your journal -- or post that shiny new calendar for 2022.
Key points in my talk this month include:     Eat for energy     Exercise regularly     Get a good night's rest     Control your stress     Use nature's energy to get you charged up     Keep your focus on your goals



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