Libraries Launch Memoir Book!

UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Library and Baraboo Public Library are collaborating on the publication of a book featuring memoirs in the Palm of the Hand style.

The book will contain personal stories from people who live and work in Sauk County today. A reflection of the people who make up our community, these stories will bind past and present in a mosaic of individual experiences. All members of the community are welcome to write and submit a story in the Palm of the Hand memoir style, a method that focuses on individual memories.

Submitted stories will be gathered together by library staff and then printed and hand-bound by Michael Czarnecki of FootHills Publishing. Michael is the developer of the Palm of the Hand memoir style, and a frequent visitor and speaker at both the Baraboo Public and UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Libraries.

The finished version of Sauk County’s Palm of the Hand Memoirs will be available in late November 2015. They will have a small cost ($10) associated with them to cover the expense of printing and binding.

For more information about submitting a memoir to be included in the book, check out the Palm of the Hand site, here:

Michael Czarnecki Returns to Baraboo!

Join us at the Baraboo Public Library for a special Palm of the Hand led by Michael Czarnecki himself! He’ll be leading a memoir-writing workshop at 12:30pm on Tuesday, April 14 at the Baraboo Public Library.

That evening, Michael will be presenting Poems Across America, a travelogue of his quest to read poetry in each of the lower 48 states, accompanied by stunning photography of all the places he visited.

Michael Czarnecki, Poems Across America event. Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Baraboo Public Library.

Library Writers Series: Philip Hasheider, “Family Stories—Goldmines and Landmines in Navigating Your Family’s History”

Updated to add: If you missed this great presentation, you can listen to the audio here: Listen to all of the Writers Series presentations here:

Library Writers Series: Philip Hasheider, "Family Stories—Goldmines and Landmines in Navigating Your Family’s History" Thursday, April 16 12:30 p.m. at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County LibraryAudience members interested in this presentation may also be interested in the library’s join program with Baraboo Public Library, the Palm of the Hand Memoir Workshop. For more information about that program, click here:


Library Sustainability Series: Serge Koenig, “Sustaining Sauk County’s Natural Resources”

Updated to add: If you missed Serge Koneig’s talk, listen to the SpiritCast here: Hear all of the library’s Sustainability Series lectures here:

Serge Koenig will present his lecture "Sustaining Sauk County's Natural resources" on Thursday, March 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Library.

Norman Gilliland this Thursday!

UW-BSC Library Scholars Series: Norman Gilliland, “My Life in Radio: From Old Time Radio to University of the Air”

Join us at the library on Thursday, December 4th for the next Library Scholars Series lecture featuring author and public radio host Norman Gilliland.

Edited to add: Listen to Norman Gilliland’s talk here:

Gilliland Poster

Dan Verhoff, “Using Demographics in Approaches to Building Communities”

Dan Verhoff, Demographic Specialist, UW-Madison/Extension Applied Population Laboratory, spoke at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County’s Fall 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, October 30th.

Click here for audio:

Download accompanying slides here: Verhoff-UsingDemographicsPresentation

UW-BSC Library presents: George Papakis


For those that were unable to attend George Papakis’s presentation, you can listen to the presentation here:

George Papakis received his PhD in Urban Studies at UW-Milwaukee. He earned the Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Urban Research on the paper he wrote entitled, The Sobering Realities of the 2004 Olympics: Fiscal Crisis and the Privatization of Land. This fall, he plans to return to Greece to work on the issues highlighted by his research.

Papakis focuses his research on urban governance, globalization, and economic restructuring in Athens, Greece.  During his lecture he expanded on each of this topics. If you’re a person who enjoys learning about the political and economical history of land use, and urban planning of Athens, then this is the lecture for you!

George Papakis speaking during his lecture.

George Papakis speaking during his lecture.