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Manitowoc Public Library March 2023 Adult Events

Manitowoc, WI, February 22, 2023—Manitowoc Public Library March 2023 Adult Events are scheduled on the following dates and times.
2023 Winter Reading Program: Warm Up to a Good Book!
Through Saturday, March 4
Beat the winter blahs with books! There’s still time for book lovers of ALL AGES to join MPL’s 2023 Winter Reading Program! Read or be read to a total of 10 hours through March 4. Everyone that finishes the challenge receives a prize! Track your reading on the Beanstack app, by visiting manitowoclibrary.beanstack.org, or by picking-up a paper tracker at any MPL Service Desk!
Department of Workforce Development Employment Assistance
Mondays & Tuesdays throughout March
Department of Workforce Development staff will provide onsite services in MPL’s Franklin Street Room, including resume writing, assistance with online applications, assistance registering in Job Center of Wisconsin, and more! No appointment needed—just drop in! To see all the hours and date specifics, head to https://www.manitowoclibrary.org/events/month/2023/03.  
Genealogy Help with the Genealogical Society             Tuesdays in March, 3-5 PM
Members of the Manitowoc County Genealogical Society can be found I MPL’s Manitowoc Collection every Tuesday from 3-5 PM to help people with their genealogy research.
MPL Insider: Beyond the Books with Tim & Emily
Wednesday, March 1, & Thursday, March 16, 12:30-1 PM both days
Join Tim & Emily for a behind-the-scenes look at Manitowoc Public Library staff, services and events. Will there be trivia? Without a doubt! Will there be foolishness? We can pretty much guarantee there will be some of that, too! All episodes of "MPL Insider" will broadcast LIVE on both MPL's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/manitowoclibrary) and our YouTube channel. Join us for a fun, entertaining conversation! Therese Horstketter, MPL Volunteer Coordinator, will be the first “Insider” guest on March 1; Public Services Assistant, Matt Mottle, will join Tim & Emily on March 16.
Great Decisions 2023                                                                  Mondays at 6 PM
Manitowoc Public Library is proud to present Great Decisions 2023, our sixteenth year of hosting this preeminent eight-week grassroots lecture series that provides the citizens of the Lakeshore area with the opportunity to discover, discuss and decide how to meet some of the world’s greatest challenges head-on. Increasingly, global events have become domestic concerns and Great Decisions takes you beyond the headlines with essential background information, relevant facts, ever-shifting policy options and impartial analysis.
PLEASE NOTE: Great Decisions 2023 will be presented in a hybrid format—offered in person in MPL’s Balkansky Community Room, from 6-8 PM every Monday in March, as well as livestreamed simultaneously online on both our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/manitowoclibrary) and YouTube channel.
The lecture schedule is as follows:
March 6        China and the U.S., David Fields, PhD, UW-Madison
March 13      Economic Warfare, Pablo Toral, PhD, Beloit College
March 20      War Crimes, Kevin Kelly, J.D., UW-Madison Law School
March 27      Global Famine, Elizabeth Wheat, PhD, UW-Green Bay
The Great Decisions Series is FREE and open to the public. No registration is required. For a more detailed description for each of the above topics, please head to www.manitowoclibrary.org/events/great-decisions.
Social Security Planning with Jason Weier and Special Guest Jody Harris Wednesday, March 8, 6 PM
Jason Weier and Jody Harris will deliver an informational presentation about Social Security, followed by a Q&A. Jody worked for the Social Security Administration for over 34 years, ten of those years serving as a Public Relations Officer. He has held staff-member positions to both the Commissioner of the SSA and a United States Senator. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions ahead of the event by emailing jason@weierwealthmanagement.com. Registration is requested, but walk-in attendees are welcome! To register, head to www.manitowoclibrary.org/event/social-security-planning-jason-weier-and-special-guest-jody-harris.
The War on Condiments with Chef Andrew Dunbar     Thursday, March 9, 6 PM
“What Do We Want?” “Better Condiments!” “When Do We Want ‘Em?” “NOW!!!” Time to take Big Condiment down a peg or two. Chef Andrew Dunbar will be declaring a “War on Condiments” in this Adults Only (18+) cooking class in MPL’s Balkansky Community Room. If you’re looking for tastier, healthier (you’d be shocked at how much high-fructose corn syrup is in commercial ketchup), environmentally-sound (the amount of unrecycled plastic that’s generated using store-bought condiments is mind-boggling), just outright better hand-held enhancers, then this is the class for you! Chef Andrew will be guiding attendees through the production of ketchup, a pair of mustards, and a tasty relish! Register at www.manitowoclibrary.org/event/war-condiments-chef-andrew-dunbar. Vive Le Homemade Condiments!
3rd Annual Lakeshore Seed Swap                        Saturday, March 11, 9 AM-12 PM
Join the Lakeshore Seed Collective in the Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library for the 3rd Annual Lakeshore Area Seed Swap on Saturday, March 11, from 9 AM to Noon. A seed swap is a no-cost seed exchange. If you have extra seeds that you aren't planting or you are looking for something to plant in your own garden, stop by MPL! Think of a seed swap as a potluck—but with seeds! There is no cost to participate and you don't need to bring seeds in order to take some seeds. Any vegetable or flower seeds are fine. There will be a box at the Library near the Main Service Desk on the First Floor where you can drop off seeds beginning on Monday, February 27. We'd appreciate donations of seeds ahead of time so that we have a chance to organize them.
Seed Library at Manitowoc Public Library
Available at MPL starting on Saturday, March 11
Curated by Manitowoc Public Library and Lakeshore Seed Collective—and housed in a lovely vintage card catalogue generously donated by Manitowoc County Historical Society—the Seed Library at Manitowoc Public Library is intended to cultivate an interest in gardening for both the novice and the experienced grower. Situated on MPL’s First Floor near the Service Desk, the Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds that you can “check out” (up to 4 seed packets per household per visit to the Library) to plant and grow at home at absolutely no cost to you. That’s right—there’s no catch: the seeds are available FREE of charge. Seeing as our seed collection depends primarily on donations, you'll see different seeds available at different times, so check back frequently to see what's available. The MPL Seed Library will be available to our community beginning on Saturday, March 11, (in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Lakeshore Seed Swap). For all the details for this amazing new possibility, please head to www.manitowoclibrary.org/seedlibrary.
Movie Nights at the Library/“The Breakfast Club”       Thursday, March 16, 5 PM
A Brain. A Beauty. A Jock. A Rebel. A Recluse. It hardly seems as if this dissimilar bunch would have very much in common. But, you’d be surprised what you can discover during a Saturday detention. Sound familiar? It should because it’s the most basic description of a 1980s classic, chosen by the one-and-only Matt Mottle to serve as the next installment of “Movie Nights at the Library”! “The Breakfast Club,” Rated R, will screen at Manitowoc Public Library on Thursday, March 16, at 5 PM. Best of all: Admission is FREE, treats and beverages included! See you in the Balkansky Community Room!
Book Discussion: “The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot,” by Marianne Cronin                   Thursday, March 16, 6-7 PM
Seventeen-year-old Lenni Pettersson has been told she's dying, but still has plenty of living to do. She lives on the Terminal Ward at the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital. In their arts and crafts class she meets Margot, an 83-year-old, purple-pajama-wearing, fruitcake-eating rebel. Their friendship blooms, and though their days are dwindling both are determined to leave their mark on the world. Lenni and Margot devise a plan to create one hundred paintings showcasing the stories of the century they have lived: stories of love and loss, of courage and kindness, of unexpected tenderness and pure joy. If this emotionally-charged narrative appeals to you, meet fellow book lovers for an engaging conversation about this novel in MPL’s Second Floor Board Room. Pick up your copy of “The One Hundred Years of Lenni & Margot” near the First Floor’s Service Desk.
Glowforge Badging: Two Sessions—Wednesday, March 22, 5:30-7 PM, & Friday, March 24, 2-3:30 PM
Join us in the Idea Box for an Adults-Only (18-years old and older) demonstration of our Glowforge. The Glowforge uses a laser to engrave designs into different material types like acrylic and wood. Library Staff will show you how to use our Glowforge and upon completion of the training you'll be "Badged" so you can use the Glowforge at your leisure. Registration is required for both of these sessions and space is extremely limited! You can register for a spot in either session by heading to www.manitowoclibrary.org/event/glowforge-badging-session-0 on March 13. We request that you please only sign up for a single session. If registration is full, don't worry. We'll have more training sessions throughout the year.