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Manitowoc Public Library September 2021 Adult Events

Manitowoc, WI, August 23, 2021—Manitowoc Public Library August 2021 Adult Events are scheduled on the following dates and times.
Collection Obsession: Barb Bundy-Jost’s “American Gothic”
Through Thursday, September 2
What began as a lighthearted parody Polaroid picture of Barb Bundy-Jost and her husband taken in front of their newly-acquired farmhouse soon blossomed into a full blown "Collection Obsession" with Grant Wood's "American Gothic." Over the next thirty years, Barb's "American Gothic" collection has grown to contain hundreds of pieces. She'll be sharing the choicest of these fascinating pieces with the public during "Collection Obsession,'" on display at Manitowoc Public Library through Thursday, September 2. Join us in the celebration and walk away with “American Gothic” eyes!!
Farm Wisconsin: Free Kids Admission                          Saturdays in September
Every Saturday in September, Farm Wisconsin is granting FREE kids' admission (with the purchase of at least one adult admission) when you show your Library Card! Adults must remain with children at all times.
United Way: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Grab & Go Bags
Through Thursday, September 30
United Way Manitowoc County’s diversity, equity and inclusion kits cover a variety of topics including kindness, our differences and similarities, disabilities, where skin tone comes from, and more. They're perfect for young, preschool to elementary school-aged children and include a variety of stories, activities, and goodies. Bags are available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last! Bags can be picked up at MPL’s Youth Services Desk!
Downtown Harvest Fest Story Walk                             September 15-October 15
Enjoy a story as you stroll through downtown Manitowoc! Pick up your Grab & Go bag ahead of time at MPL’s Youth Desk to get a storywalk map! Find the special letter on each page to answer our mystery question and enter a raffle for Chamber Bucks! Visit each page in the book at a different business window—collect all the special letters on your map and return to the Library to enter a special raffle drawing! Bags are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. One bag per family, please.
“Beneath the Flames”/An Author Event with Gregory Lee Renz
Thursday, September 9, 6:00 PM
“Beneath the Flames” is a mesmerizing novel that encompasses love, race, and life from the point-of-view of an urban firefighter that brims with emotion and humanity. The author—Gregory Lee Renz, a retired firefighter from Milwaukee—will be stopping by the Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library at 6 PM on Thursday, September 9, to talk about his book. This novel—a great family drama that’s based on his experiences as a firefighter—was written after his retirement. Mr. Renz will be signing books brought by attendees to the event, and he will be bringing copies of his book that may be purchased and signed, as well.
Everything Under One Inch with Matt Welter    Thursday, September 9, 6:00 PM
Join naturalist, Matt Welter, as he returns to MPL for a Virtual Program that takes the tiny things in nature you can find here in Wisconsin and enlarges them for a better look--from slime molds that look like ice cream cones, to cups that grow only on acorn shells, to bugs that turn leaves into lace. Matt's program will make you want to get out your magnifying glasses and macro lenses and head outside! This Virtual Program will broadcast on MPL's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/manitowoclibrary) and our YouTube channel.
Flower Power: Pruning Your Perennials with Jordan Kabat 
Monday, September 13, 6:30 PM
Join local professional gardener and peony hybridizer, Jordan Kabat, as he gives some tips and dispels a few myths regarding fall gardening activities. He’ll discuss pruning, transplanting and fall clean-up, as well as some propagating possibilities and seed collecting. He’ll also be taking some of your questions and will certainly have interesting information for gardeners of every level. Not to be missed!
Yoga in the Park with Kate Casey                   Wednesday, September 15, 6:00 PM
Join Yoga Alliance licensed teacher Kate Casey at Union Park (611 Park Street, Manitowoc, WI) at 6 PM on Wednesday, September 15, to connect with nature and yourself. This yoga class will be accessible for all students, regardless of age, experience, or physical ability. Please bring your own mat. Space is limited to 20 people. Registration is required. Head to the “Events” page at www.manitowoclibrary.org to sign up. Kate Casey is a RYT-500 yoga teacher, trained in the ashtanga and vinyasa flow systems. She has been teaching since 2013 with a strong understanding of human anatomy and alignment. Kate’s mission is to provide a safe and relaxing environment for all students, while integrating the physical practice of yoga with the philosophical traditions of deeper self-inquiry.
Volunteer Fair                                                    Thursday, September 16, 11:00 AM
Are you thinking of volunteering locally? So many groups are in need of help!
Please stop at our Volunteer Fair in the Balkansky Community Room to discuss opportunities with organizations that are looking for help. You can take information home, and think about your possibilities, or sign up on the spot to get started. If you are an organization in need of volunteers or have any questions, please contact Therese Horstketter (call 920-686-3044 or email thorstketter@manitowoc.org). We provide tables and chairs—you just need to bring along items to share with possible volunteers.
Book Discussion for Adults                                 Thursday, September 16, 6:00 PM
Join MPL staff for a book discussion of The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald. Pick up your copy at the library! Seeing as we’ll be holding this literary get-together in-person in MPL’s Balkansky Community Room (to allow for acceptable social distancing), registration is not required. All you need to do is read the book, show up, and engage in a lively discussion! Here’s how amazon.com describes The Bookshop: In 1959, Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop—the only bookshop—in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of a business so impractical, she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers. By daring to enlarge her neighbors’ lives, she crosses Mrs. Gamart, the local arts doyenne. Florence’s warehouse leaks, her cellar seeps, and the shop is apparently haunted. Only too late does she begin to suspect the truth: a town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.
Stitching Our Story: Hmong Cross-Stitching Workshop
Thursdays, September 16, 23 & 30, and October 7, 6:00 PM All Days
Join us for this 4-week Hmong Cross-Stitching Workshop at 6 PM on Thursdays, September 16, 23, and 30, as well as October 7. Learn customs and elements of Hmong culture and cross-stitching. This is a hands-on workshop. Supplies will be included and you’ll have time to work on a cross-stitch project during this workshop. Registration is required and opens on Monday, August 30, at 9 AM on the “Events” page of Manitowoc Public Library’s website (www.manitowoclibrary.org). Space is very limited! Please Note: You must register for the September 16 workshop in order to attend the subsequent weeks of the series.
In the Late Season Garden with Amber & Deena
Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 PM
Join Amber and Deena once again for a conversation in the garden. They’ll be discussing fall gardening in Wisconsin in this episode. Many people think of gardening as a summer activity. However, there are things you can be doing now to harvest this fall and prepare your gardens for early spring. Potential topics include:

  • Planting garlic
  • Planting spinach
  • Planting peas, radishes
  • Planting/maintaining kale, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts
  • Wintering over carrots
  • Cold frames and hoop houses
  • Crop rotation
  • Soil amendments in the fall
  • Seed saving