News

Winter Hours R a comming

STORY HOUR

NEW BOARD MEMBER VACANCY

19 June News

Celtic Guitarist Jerry Barlow 

The Kilted Man

May 2019 News

Geology of Our Home

2019 Celestial Highlights

 

Winter Hours R a comming

Sun disappeared and reappeared and so will we, as times R a changing.  If you are here and we are not, is it because you forgot to change to Winter Hours for the Library??

Just a reminder: Wedsworth library is changing to winter hours on Tuesday, September 3. Hours are: Monday 9-1; 2-6, Tuesday 9-1; 3-5, Wednesday – Friday 2-5. 

STORY HOUR

It’s beginning to be that time of the year.  The summer is winding down and Wedsworth Library is beginning to plan for our story hour.  To effectively plan we are trying to discover the number of children who might be attending.

We are also looking for possible hostesses who would like to spend some quality time with our community’s youngsters.  Without an adequate number of hostesses it is difficult to maintain a quality program.  If you would like to host a story hour, please feel free to volunteer for one session or more.  We have a multitude of craft books for reference and we supply all the materials.  Of course we also can supply all the books needed to read to the children.  Story Hour runs Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. until May.  We are also evaluating a better time schedule that might be friendlier for the hostesses and participants.

We invite every child to stop in, whether it is every week or now and again.  It is a fun time and open to all.  Children ages 1 – 5 years old, along with their parent or childcare provider, are invited to join us for activities that include songs, a craft, and of course stories!  Our purpose is to foster a love of books and reading in our children while teaching them proper library etiquette and positive social skills between children.

Story hour also provides opportunities for turn taking, increases listening skills, and encourages early literacy skills and phonological awareness.  Story reading and crafts stimulates their imagination, which helps with problem solving later in life.  It also fosters a lifelong love of reading.

If you are wondering if your child is old enough or if your child will sit through it, the answer is yes.  Just because they are little, doesn’t mean they can’t have fun, discover a whole new world beyond your imagination and not wiggle. Please call 468-2848 or stop in for any further information, to let us know if you are considering bringing your child/children, and if you would like to play hostess.

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NEW BOARD MEMBER VACANCY

The Wedsworth Memorial Library in Cascade is looking to fill a vacancy on its Board of Trustees. If you would like to apply for this volunteer position, please send a letter of interest and resume to the Board of Trustees, P.O. Box 526, Cascade, MT 59421 by Friday, August 31, 2019. This term will end June 30, 2022 to complete the term of resigning Board member Betty J. Stedman.  For further information please contact current board members, Jo Ann Eisenzimer 868 -4166, Melody Skogley 468-9380, Mary Mortag 836-0992, or Bill Flechsenhar 468-2792.

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19 June News

The library has been a bee hive of activity.  If you are an avid or especially a casual bird watcher…, the library has found an exceptional book to help you know what you are seeing.

It was a rowdy time in the ol’ library this month.  We were dancing jigs and learnin new song verses, thanks to Ruth and Cindy!  Even heard the Town Council livened up as they were a bobbin right along in their meeting.  If you missed the events at the library this past month you missed some of the most entertaining and delightful events experienced in a long time and our special Celtic Brew, made only in Cascade.  A big thank you to the Women’s Club for their delicious treats. They are such great supporters of the library and do a magnificent job helping out.

We would like to thank Joe and Mike for attaching our ‘Book Drop’ sign. That was one time “when all else fails, get a bigger hammer!” didn’t work. LOL

Be sure and stop by for a free edition of the Montana Signature magazine.  Our local author, Frank LaLiberty, has written an excellent article on St Peter’s Mission.

We extend a big thank you to the Dearborn Garden Club for their beautiful barrels of flowers.  They always go the extra mile and we thank them for their hard work. If you see one of these motivated ladies be sure and thank them for all the hard work they do to beautify the community.  The town is so bright and cheery.

The summer is passing us by.  It will once again be time for all the Book Discussion members to stop on by in July and pick up their book that they will be discussing August 12th.  Now where did that summer go?  We raced right through it.  The patrons have joined in the race to see who can find the best book in the library.

Wedsworth Library will be closed the 4th of July and hopes everyone honors the upcoming 4th.  The 4th of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and the birth of American independence.  With all the summer activities we hope everyone finds the time to celebrate our fabulous nation and those 56 heroes who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Independence Day fun facts from cbsnews.com.  It was actually on July 2, 1776, that America gained its independence. So why do we celebrate on July 4?  “The fact is that John Adams wrote home to Abigail on the 3rd that this day, July 2nd, will go down in history,” “We’ll celebrate it with parades and pomp and bells ringing and fireworks. And it was because Congress actually ruled it in favor of independence on July 2.  But it was two days later, of course, that Congress then accepted Jefferson’s declaration, explaining the vote two days before that really got fixed in the America’s imagination as our birthday. July 2nd should be Independence Day.”

Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop,” a kind of writing desk that could fit on one’s lap.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826. “One of the most extraordinary coincidence in all of history: On the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the declaration…the two giants of the declaration both died. … Jefferson died first. Adams was alive, of course, in Massachusetts. He didn’t know that Jefferson had died but said, famously, perhaps apocryphally, that ‘Jefferson still lives.’ And people took that to mean his words will live forever.”

Volunteer and support our wonderful free activities around the 4th, whether they be the softball games or the fireworks display.  Beee a hero – read.  So where were you July 21st, 1969? Did you have your ear stuck to the radio?

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Celtic Guitarist Jerry Barlow 

It’s once again time for those toe-tappin shoes cause more music is a comin. We’re livening up the library and raisin the roof once more. The Wedsworth Memorial Library is pleased to once again welcome acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow in concert. The event will be held on Thursday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the Library, 13 N. Front St. in Cascade and is free to the community.

Barlow’s current repertoire features many pieces that will be familiar to the audience.  Of course, Barlow will fill in the history, legend and humor behind the music.  There will be ample opportunity for some sing-along, some toe tapping and even some step dancing if audience members are so inclined!

Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller. His unique and skillfully delivered repertoire incorporates favorite traditional pieces as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions.  His expressive arrangements of lively jigs, spirited reels, and haunting airs is described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.

“In concert, Jerry brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor, and legends behind the music. “Jerry Barlow … a performer who is skilled, funny and riveting.  Out of the many musicians performing today, the vast majority are skilled in either performing on their instrument or in entertaining an audience.  It’s very rare and extremely enjoyable to see a musician at the very top of his craft in both areas,” says Scott Beach, Director of Colorado Celtic Entertainment.

Barlow’s latest CD, VOYAGE OF HOPE, was released in the Fall of 2016 and features music from the Irish immigration to America in the mid-1800s. His 2011 recording, FIELDS AND FENCES, was one of five nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year by the Independent Music Association. The Indie Acoustic Project, an international award that celebrates the best independent acoustic music, selected the title song from Jerry’s CD, BRING DOWN THE STORM, as “one of the best songs of 2006.”

Music from all of Barlow’s recordings can be heard regularly on National Public Radio stations.  He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, and was profiled in Celtic Connection. He has performed in the Gates Auditorium for the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, and is a favorite of High plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concert Series in Amarillo, TX.    For more information, contact the Library at 406.468.2848 or www.jerrybarlow.com. Remember the toes will once again be tappin on Thursday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m.

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The Kilted Man

Once again Wedsworth Library is privileged to bring “Veteran performer Matthew Gurnsey who delights audiences with his rousing performances of traditional Irish and Scottish music.  Through the marriage of wit and finesse, Gurnsey charms his audiences, sweeping them into tales of wayward voyages, unrequited love and the vibrantly colorful lives of the every-man beloved of many Irish tales.  His unique talents with traditional Celtic instruments such as the concertina, bodhran, bones and mandolin; add an air of authenticity to each piece and his stirringly rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies.

No stranger to live performance, Matthew began performing at a very young age and has appeared on hundreds of stages nationally and internationally, delighting thousands with his Scottish swagger and homespun charm.  Matt especially honed his Celtic skills while living in Scotland among the people and culture that are his heritage and the inspiration for his music.

At a very early age, Matthew arrived in the U.S.A. and was raised to crisp high altitude air, hard work, and particularly to an early love of music.  His Father, a hard rock miner built his own log cabin above the town where he savored the tranquility and freedom afforded by this lifestyle.  Through all the hardships the family faced, music was a consistent source of strength.  When there was no electricity, the oil burning lamps would be lit, his mother, a librarian, would tune up her autoharp, and his father break out a guitar or harmonica and they would sing songs of the frontier, the west, and of course their Celtic heritage and roots.

So stop by Wedsworth Library, Thursday June 6th at 7:00 p.m. for an hour of contemporary traditional folk music soothing to the soul.

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  May 2019 News

If you are thinking of participating in some touristy things this summer we have obtained some excellent hiking and guide books for Montana.  As a result of Bill Peterson’s captivating geology discourse; Wedsworth Library obtained some wonderful new books on geology that are so reader fun and friendly with great illustrations.  We also obtained a few DVDs about the Ice Age and Great Missoula Flood debates that are excellent in entertainment and education.  All extremely interesting and informative.

The little ones enjoyed their end of the year party and were delighted to meet Mary Riitano and Charles Perry.  Mary read several books about Mary Fields and visited with the children.  We would like to thank May hostesses Kelsey Harland and Tina Mann and all the story hour hostesses this past year for their dedication.  This program would not be possible without them.

Charles and Mary were at the library representing Neema Films, which is producing a documentary titled ‘The Black Cowboy’. This is about the westward expansion of black cowboys and also includes a feature on our own Mary Fields.

The book discussion group bid each other farewell for the year.  Their last discussion was on Jamie Ford’s new novel ‘Love and Other Consolation Prizes’.  This has got to be a must read book.  During the discussion there was mention of Chippendale’s and the wish to go see them and the use of silver for makeup, which of course turns your skin blue after long term use, and several other items of interest that could poison you.  Humm maybe we should be careful of this group!  They seem to lead a wild life.  I wonder if Jamie Ford knows what subjects come up when discussing his books.  Guess that might be a question to ask him next month.

Monarch Butterfly’s I never knew that! Did you know – It takes several generations to complete one migration?  Monarch butterflies are insects that complete a relay.  The Monarchs begin their southern migration from the northern United States and southern Canada in September to October.  They arrive at their roosting sites (Mexico and some parts of Southern California where it is warm all year long) in November.  Thousands can gather in just one tree.  They remain in their roosts during the winter months and then begin their  northern migration in March.  No individual butterfly completes the entire round trip.  Female monarchs stop to lay eggs for a subsequent generation during the northward migration.  Caterpillars hatch and eventually become an adult butterfly.  They fly as far as they can, then their children take over the relay.  The butterflies that return north finish the relay started by the great-great-grandparents.  The Eastern Monarch flies at a speed of 12 mph and travel approximately 100 miles per day.  The most miles traveled are 3,000.  Four generations are involved in the annual cycle.  The amazing things you find out in the library.

We will busy as bees in June and tapping our toes.  Wedsworth Library will be honored to host nationally known author Jamie Ford on June 4th at 7:00 with that fantastic group of ladies from the Women’s Club supplying their delicious treats for us to enjoy.  Then we begin our love of music with Mathew Gurnsey as the Kilted Man on June 6th at 7:00 and then Jerry Barlow, another musically talented performer, on June 20th at 6:30.  So stop on by as the library will be the hot spot in the old town for the month of June.

Remember new hours came into effect after Memorial Day.  Summer hours:  Mondays 9-1; 2-6 and Tuesday – Friday 9-1.

Geology of Our Home

Bill Peterson is Back!!  Celebrate National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015 by heading to Wedsworth Memorial Library to see what’s new.  This year’s theme reminds all Americans that the library can help you and your family because Libraries Strengthen Their Communities.

The Wedsworth Memorial Library is proud to announce that Bill Peterson will be presenting a discussion on the Geology of Cascade on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Library.  Bill is a retired Cascade Science teacher who has dedicated his life to helping his students learn and improve their lives.

Bill’s presentation will help us understand the Terra firma upon which we stand.

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2019 Celestial Highlights

We are in for some spectacular heavenly sights in 2019. Five eclipses, stunning meteor showers, a rare planet transit and a blue moon will just be a sample of what is available for the dedicated sky watcher.  A Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse will turn the sky red in January 2019.  Stargazers will be treated to a full moon or Wolf Moon, Supermoon (when the moon is closest to earth in its orbit “Super”) and a total lunar eclipse (“Blood”) on the night of 20th/21st of January. Four lunar spectacles will combine to give the night sky a red hue

This total lunar eclipse will be visible over most of North America, South America and parts of west and north Europe. According to the National Geographic “Lunar eclipses only happen during full moons, and the one that rises in late January will be bigger and brighter than average, making it a so-called Supermoon.”  “Astronomers say the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse will last around three and a half hours, and a full lunar eclipse will not be seen again until May 2021.”  This is the first of three Supermoons for 2019.

February 19 will host the 2nd Full Moon/Supermoon and March 21 brings us the 3rd Full Moon, Supermoon.  The Moon will have a close encounter with the bright planet Jupiter on April 23 in the southern sky. Then there are the 10 Meteor Showers scattered throughout the year.

On May 18 we see a Full Moon/Blue Moon. This is our fourth full moon, so it is known as a blue moon. There are normally only three full moons in each season of the year. “But since full moons occur every 29.53 days, occasionally a season will contain 4 full moons. The extra full moon of the season is known as a blue moon.”

On July 2 there is a total solar eclipse, but sadly is only viewed by sky-watchers in the South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina.  There will also be a Partial lunar eclipse on July 16, but once again for sky-watchers across South America, Europe, Africa, southern Asia, and Australia.

On November 11 the planet Mercury will glide (transit) across the face of the sun. This previously happened in 2016, and we won’t see one again until 2032. According to NASA “The transit or passage of a planet across the disk of the Sun may be thought of as a special kind of eclipse. As seen from Earth, only transits of the inner planets Mercury and Venus are possible. Planetary transits are far rarer than eclipses of the Sun by the Moon.”

An Annular solar eclipse happens on December 26, but can only be seen across the Middle East and Asia. An annular eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around the Moon.

So get out your blankets and keep an eye on the sky.  You just might miss something rare.

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 “Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.  It really doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor.  There are books in boxes and books on shelves.  They’re free for you to borrow, so help yourselves. Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow, And help make sure it’ll still be here tomorrow.” By Julia Donaldson

‘Books are keys to wisdom’s treasure. Books are gates to lands of pleasure. Books are paths that upward lead. Books are friends. Come let us read.’  By Emilie Poulsson

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