Join us for some good old-fashioned fun with your neighbors, old and new! The library is partnering with other local organizations to host a family-friendly afternoon on the lawn where the MERF walking trail is, right next to the library. Several organizations will have displays attended by representatives, so you can learn about their various missions.
** FUN, TRADITIONAL LAWN GAMES! **
Corn hole ~ Badminton ~ 3-legged races ~ Watermelon seed spittin' contest ~ Water balloon toss ~ & more!
** PIE BAKING CONTEST! **
Bring your “Homemade” pie in a 9” disposable pie tin at NOON (sharp!) on Saturday, July 28, to Cynthia Stinson at Moon Lake Library. Fill out your entry card once you get there. There is no entry fee. Pies will be judged on presentation, taste and flakiness of the crust. Ribbons will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners. Winners will be announced at 1 pm.
There will be a pie social immediately following the announcement!
Curious about how to get started playing the ukulele? Wiley Selman and Don David will teach the basics at the library on Saturday 7/4 & 7/11 from 12-1pm. FREE for all ages! We'll have ukuleles available for you to use, so all you need to bring is YOU! No special skills or musical knowledge needed.
Our April class was very well attended! Edna and Donna will return on July 14 (10am-12pm) to teach and refresh basic mah jongg skills.
Mah Jongg is an exciting game that relies on skill and luck. Learn how to play wth Donna McComb and Edna Fortner, who have enjoyed playing Mah Jongg for years and have taught before.
The game originated in China and has been played in the United States for almost 100 years. It is a little like Poker and Rummy, but it uses different suites which are on tiles, instead of cards. There are runs and multiples that make hands, and the hands have various values, depending on how difficult they are to make.
Studies show that playing mah jongg improves cognitive ability and flexibility, and that the effects can be long-lasting.
To get the feel of the game, you will get hands-on play time, with your two coaches explaining the options that are available as you discard tiles after picking up new ones. You'll learn how to play 3-handed and 4-handed, so you can practice on your own. Everything needed to play this ancient Chinese game will be supplied. (We play the National MJ League rules/card.)
There is no charge for this program.
People are often surprised when they learn that Moon Lake Community Library is not a government-funded library, but that it’s community-funded, solely relying on book sales and donations for its funding. As such, we don't enforce any geographic limitations, so we provide free library cards to anyone who would like one (no matter where you live). Come by the library to apply for a card, borrow a book or movie, or purchase a book from our sale shelves.
Need a book for the beach? Come on in! Through July, we’re offering a $1 sale on our hardcover books. We have a large selection of fiction, history and other subjects.
Thanks to a generous grant from MAPA, the library now has two brand-new laptops for the community’s use. The board has developed guidelines for use, which are posted on our community bulletin board.
We truly appreciate our volunteers who give a few hours each month helping check books and movies in and out, reshelving, and generally being of assistance. If you enjoy books and people, please consider volunteering. Call Dianne Kuehl at 256-634-4538 for more information.
We’re excited about the Summer Community Gathering that we're hosting on July 28! We continue to offer complimentary coffee and great camaraderie. Jerry Megli is at the library every Saturday morning to play chess — if you don't yet know how to play, he will gladly help you learn. Our hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3–6 p.m. and Saturday from 9am–1pm.
- Kelly Leavitt, community librarian