We are pleased to be able to offer three hands-on educational programs for our patrons during the month of February.

Next week we will be hosting an informational program titled, “Beginning Maple Syrup Production.” Join us Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., as Jim Adamski from Roth Sugarbush in Cadott, will discuss the process of how to produce maple syrup. Specific topics to be covered include equipment needs, tapping the tree, weather conditions and more. The class is being offered at no charge. Seating is limited.

On Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. librarian Kathleen Kroska will be leading a program that will teach participants how to repair damaged books. We encourage those planning to attend to bring a book along to repair. All repair supplies will be provided.

Lastly, on Saturday, Feb. 24, we are launching a two-part program titled, “Beginning Beekeeping” with Jim Krause from Viroqua. The class will be held from 9:00am-12:00pm. If you are planning to attend our beekeeping classes we encourage you to RSVP to Sarah Mayer at 637-7001.

This month the Viroqua Area Foundation Art Wall is featuring the work of local artist Anne Butera. Anne is a self-taught artist who finds inspiration from her garden and the natural world. The plants in Anne’s indoor garden inspired her to create this beautiful show for the library. Next door to the art wall is our Marie Weltzin Display Case. This month the work of local artist Daryl Skrupky is on display. Skrupky uses his art skills to capture the beauty of wildlife. If you’re an artist and would like to display your work on the wall or in a display case, please contact Library Director Trina Erickson at t.erickson@wrlsweb.org.

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a member of the Friends of the Library now is the time to do so! Through the end of March membership rates for new members are cut in half. Stop by the Friends Bookstore at the front entrance to the library to pick up a membership form.

If your organization is looking for a place to meet, please consider using one of our two spaces. The conference room comfortably seats 16 people and is equipped with a television and cable so you can hook up a laptop computer to project a meeting agenda onto the screen or play a video. The program room seats up to 34 people and also has a television and cable to accommodate a laptop computer. Our program room is also equipped to accommodate groups that are looking for space to do craft projects. To reserve one of our rooms, please log onto our website at www.mcintoshmemoriallibrary.org and click on the “Reserve a Space” button.

To stay up-to-date on everything happening at the library, like the “Viroqua Library” Facebook page, visit our website at www.mcintoshmemoriallibrary.org or visit us in person at 205 S. Rock Ave. in Viroqua.

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Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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