The Plain people:
Mennonites, Hutterites, and the Amish!
There is a certain fascination that we have whenever we think about the Plain People, especially the Old Order Amish. We know many of them live in Wisconsin, and there’s no way they can be missed while driving the back roads of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and northern Indiana. Even Hollywood has been intrigued with the Amish lifestyle.
Who are these people? Where did they come from? Why do they live like they do? What is their religion? Why did their lives seem to stand still at a moment in time? How do they explain the strange contradictions in their use of the automobile, electricity, or the telephone? What does their future look like?
Join us for an exciting presentation at Noon on Wednesday, March 12 at the Horicon Public Library as author and speaker Reynold Kremer takes us on a fascinating trip into Amish country where we will look at the history, worship, religion, and especially the customs of The Plain People: the Mennonites, Hutterites, and AMISH!
Tapas to Meze: Appetizers of the Mediterranean
with Mason Zantow
Visit tempting, warmer climes with your senses at this engaging cooking demonstration. Learn how to prepare simple, yet flavorful, finger foods and a bit of history along the way. Sampling will be on the agenda.
“The lazy Gardener’s Plant It & Forget It Workshop” with Shannon Barniskis
Yes! She’s back with another fantastic program for those of us not blessed with a green thumb. And, even if you do you’ll be sure to learn something new and cool. Be prepared for a lively presentation about plants that hopefully we can’t kill. Treats and Door prizes are also on the agenda.
If you can tape and staple then this is the project for you! Make an easy duct tape and fabric bag that looks like you bought it from the store. Supplies will be provided. This craft is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Space will be limited to 16 participants. Please call to reserve a slot. 920-485-3535
If you can’t make the program follow the link to the web instructions at Instructables or check out the book Practical Duct Tape Projects and post a pic of your creation on our FB page. www.facebook.com/horiconlibrary
In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.
This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.
Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.
Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart. www.amazon.com
Tuesdays at 10:30 am – Lapsit Storytime is for our youngest patrons from birth to toddler. Despite its name, Miss Sarah doesn’t expect them to stay still during this storytime! Short 15-20 minute programs feature songs, rhymes, maybe a board book or two and interactive fun. Older children are welcome and may bring their own “baby,” stuffed animal, or doll to participate with during the program.
Tuesdays at 11:00 am – Children’s Storytime is tailored for preschool childen, ages 2 to 5, although younger and older children are welcome. These storytimes feature stories, books, rhymes, games, songs and crafts to enhance the early literacy experience.
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm – Family Storytime is for all ages and depending on the audience may feature longer stories, as well as other activities and crafts.