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Welcome to the 2023 InfoSoup Library Road Trip!

You are welcome to join a 10 week trip to visit 49 library locations throughout 10 counties in Northeast Wisconsin. You will discover the unique buildings, services, and resources available in these communities.

Began May 1 and ends July 15, 2023.

Everything you need to know is @ ROAD TRIP!


The Fourth Be with You fun!

May 9, 2023

Last Thursday we had fun with a terrible pun…THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! Each patron who checked out that day received a chance to win a grogu/baby Yoda figure. Our lucky winners were: Sam Goeben, Toni Jorgensen, Patti Lardinois, Conrad Snyder, Audrey Vandenheuvel, and Annette VonBrevern. Congrats to all!

Staff member Colette Bezio developed her very own "Choose Your Own Adventure" story!

For literacy evening up at Rock Ledge in March, Colette created a CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE story for families to take home and play.

It has in excess of 42 different endings! Here it is if you would like your very own copy.


June, 2023 BookPage is here!

The June, 2023 BookPage is available at your library for free. Thanks to Friends of the Muehl Public Library (FMPL) for purchasing this for our patrons every month. It is a tremendous resource!

Nationwide database, findhelp.org

Thank you Lamont Kraft!

Thanks to Lamont Kraft who gifted the library with a bird poster. Lamont is a talented photographer. All the birds on the poster are photographs that he has taken. At our library, we love to showcase the talents of our patrons, neighbors, and community members. Thank you, Lamont for the opportunity and your generosity!

Special exhibit at Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee!

This exhibit opened on December 17, 2022 and closes on January 1, 2024. Check the website for more information @ https://www.harley-davidson.com

From award-winning children and YA author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña comes the Harley-Davidson Museum’s first-ever bilingual exhibit, “My Papi has a Motorcycle” / “Mi Papi Tien una Moto.”

Based on the beloved children’s book of the same name, “My Papi has a Motorcycle” shares a story of family bonds strengthened by the simple act of taking a joy ride on a two-wheeled machine.

With brilliant, colorful art from Peña paired with heart-warming stories from Southern Californian riding families, “My Papi has a Motorcycle” will draw smiles from kids of all ages. It’s an exhibit that focuses not only on where you can take a motorcycle, but where a two-up motorcycle ride with a loved one can take you.


2023 PDDC Plant Disease Talks on Zoom with Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology

Each month in 2023, the University of Wisconsin Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic will sponsor a Zoom presentation on a plant disease-related topic. Check out descriptions and a preview of the talks below. If you have questions about the presentations, feel free to contact Brian Hudelson at (608)262-2863 or hudelson@wisc.edu. To register for one or more talks, visit https://pddc.wisc.edu/. Check at the bottom of the page for a link to the registration form.


Manhattan Shorts Film Festival, 2022, Seymour chooses same winner as the one chosen internationally!

October 3, 2022 Winning actor posted (25th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival)

Elina won at our library, too, with a total of 24 votes. Congratulations!

Enjoying being the hostesses at a "Cultural Nerve Center"! And we had two Finnish women attend, awesome!


The votes submitted from our library, see below.

Muehl Public Library picked the TREATMENT as number four. We chose FREEFALL as number one, THE BLANKET as number two, and FREEDOM SWIMMER as number three. Makes sense!! We are still on par with the international votes!!
Comedy Wins as The Treatment Awarded MANHATTAN SHORT 2022 Gold Medal!
The drama Freefall wins Silver Medal and the animated documentary Freedom Swimmer wins Bronze Medal in worldwide audience vote.
The Treatment, written and directed by Alvaro Carmona (Spain), is the Gold Medal Winner of the 2022 Manhattan Short Film Festival. The Treatment about a clinic offering bald men a full-- proof way to restore hair as long as you're okay with one controversial but related side effect, is a light comedy that resonated with viewers around the world. Manhattan Short medal winners are selected by voters attending the festival in cinemas around the world.
"Thank you very much to all of you who have voted for the short film, it is a great honor. I would especially like to dedicate it to my cousins, who unfortunately have stopped talking to me since the short film was premiered," says Alvaro Carmona       (ET's insertion: hahahahaha!)
Freefall, directed by Emmanuel Tenenbaum of France, wins the Silver Medal for its dramatic tale about a London stockbroker with a bad track record who makes the bet of his life when New York's World Trade Center is attacked on 9/11. Freefall is inspired by a true story. The Bronze Medal winner is Freedom Swimmer, an innovative animated documentary about a perilous swim from China to Hong Kong that echoes into the present. Freedom Swimmer is directed by Olivia Martin McGuire of Australia. The Best Actor Award goes to second-time nominee Elina Patrakka for her standout performance in The Blanket. This is Elina Patrakka’s second appearance in Manhattan Short, having starred in the 2020 short film The Stick. The global audience has voted. Congratulations to all the winners!
“On behalf of everyone at MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, I want to acknowledge and thank all the filmmakers and artists involved, all the wonderful venues and those that run them and most of all, The Public that supports them. It’s been 25 years! Manhattan Short has grown from a screen mounted on the side of a truck on a downtown street in NYC to 500 cities around the world during one incredible week of screenings. I feel incredibly proud to be part of it alongside all of you.
So, I want to reach out and say thank you to all, and bring on 2023. I can’t wait."
Nicholas Mason

The Wisconsin Humanities care about the humanities programming that our library does!

Coming out of COVID, our library applied for a $5000 grant from the Wisconsin Humanities in mid-October of 2021. We asked for the funding to keep our library fully staffed during this year, 2022. In mid-November of 2021 we received the news that the grant was approved. This was and is such a gift. It shows that the Wisconsin Humanities recognizes the important learning opportunities that libraries provide. All we can say is thank you, thank you, thank you.

Wisconsin Humanities are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Congratulations!

Wisconsin Humanities strengthens our democracy through educational and cultural programs that build connections and understanding among people of all backgrounds and beliefs throughout the state. This year's Muehl Public library budget was funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project (Muehl Public Library services, 2022) do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more @

Toy sleepover, 2022 is a wrap!

August 19 through August 22, 2022, the 6th toy sleepover was held at the Muehl Public Library! (Unfortunately, it was NOT the 6th annual because we missed two years due to COVID, sigh.) We were so happy to get back on track with this activity. Please enjoy the slideshow!


Thank you Seymour Firefighters!

Thank you so much to the Seymour Firefighters who annually give substantial financial support to the summer reading program at the Muehl Public Library. The 2022 reading theme is OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES.

In this photo, Brian Treml is presenting Elizabeth (library director) with this summer’s check but distancing because Elizabeth has Covid.

To the right of Elizabeth is Tammy Nachtwey, instructor for the Community Family Resource Center. Tammy and Elizabeth led PACE (Parent and Children Enrichment) summer sessions at the library. It was a wonderful collaboration!

To the far right is Kristen Diermeier. She is an educator and serves on the Library Board of Trustees. She is with her therapy dog Luna. Kristen has been doing pop-up visits at the library this summer during which she introduces Luna to patrons. This has also been a very successful and satisfying venture for the library and its patrons.

So the gift from the firefighters keeps giving and giving as we work on strengthening our community! We love building alliances with fellow educators who are committed to excellence in Seymour.

*Thanks to Cindy Borgen for taking the picture.

The East Asia in Wisconsin Library grant project

Muehl Public Library (Seymour, WI) is a participant in the East Asia in Wisconsin Library grant project, administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for East Asian Studies. Here are some of the materials we purchased and the book plate that Colette Bezio designed to put in them! You can learn more @: https://eastasia.wisc.edu/2021/12/02/winners-of-the-2021-east-asia-in-wisconsin-library-program-awards/  We are honored to have this opportunity!

Seymour Woman's Club Scholarship winners for 2022, congratulations!

One of my other hats is as secretary of the Seymour Woman's Club. Congratulations to our college scholarship winners for 2022!

For the 53rd year, the Seymour Woman’s Club is proud to award scholarships to Seymour Community High School seniors. The 2022 winners are:  Lydia Byers, daughter of Hannah and Evan Byers, Max Cegielski, son of Jessica and Steve Cegielski, Kendal Gagnow, daughter of Pauline and Sam Gagnow, and Kaitlyn Hilbert, daughter of Jill and David Hilbert.  Each winner will receive a $750 scholarship after the completion of an academic semester.  All seniors at SCHS were eligible for consideration.

Lydia Byers plans to attend UW-LaCrosse to study biology in preparation for pre-medicine.  She was a member of the track and field team and captain of the swim team.  She has been active in Student Senate, S-Club, and band, serving as drum major.

Max Cegielski has been admitted to UW-Madison with direct entry to the College of Engineering. He was president of Student Senate, active in SALSA, S-Club, and was the captain of the soccer team.

Kendal Gagnow will attend UW-River Falls to study pre-veterinary medicine.  She has been active in National Honor Society, Unity Dance Academy, and FFA, serving as treasurer. She was selected as one of two students in her class to attend the 2019-2020 HOBY leadership conference.

Kaitlyn Hilbert has been granted direct admission to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Carroll University. She has been on the basketball and soccer teams serving as captain for soccer.  She was also active in band and served as a senior class officer.


Submitted by Kris Peters

Seymour Woman’s Club Scholarship Committee

Thank you from Seymour Woman's Club!

One of my other hats is as secretary of the Seymour Woman's Club. We had a successful fundraiser on Sunday, April 10, 2022 and here is our thank you slide presentation.



Review of September book group title!

We were going to have this title for September, 2020 and then we were going to have this title for September, 2021. Here is a review because we are moving onto new titles beginning September, 2022.

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Read Engage Advise Discuss for January 8, 2022: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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Read Engage Advise Discuss for December 11, 2021: The Frog At The Window by Scott J. Langteau

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Read Engage Advise Discuss for October 9, 2021: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

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Interactions with Fable and Rolo during curbside service!

Huge thanks go to the creative talents of Colette Bezio and Cindy Borgen!


Rolo and Fable thank you for your letters during quarantine.  Now that our doors are open again, please visit them in person instead of writing!


About our neighbors to the east! A positive during COVID!

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Virtual stories with Elizabeth & Sue, 2021 and 2020!

Enjoy our antics!!! Maybe you will act out a story or two this summer! Thank you to cameraman Mark Naze who expertly filmed both videos.

Piggie & Elephant with Elizabeth and Sue

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Glimmers of Joy from Outagamie County Extension (posted monthly)

From Karen Dickerell:

December, 2022


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