Bruce Darne, Author at Marinette County Consolidated Libraries

Parrot Program at Niagara Library

Dianna Larson will be presenting a program on parrots at the Niagara Public Library on Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m.  The topics that Dianne will touch on will be the differences in parrots, nutrition, husbandry, environment and parrot safety.  This presentation will be geared not towards just the novice thinking about getting a parrot, but also the more experienced bird owner and what they can expect when owning a parrot.

Dianna is a certified avian specialist through P.I.J.A.C. (Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) in Washington, D.C. and the owner/proprietor of Snuttles’ Hut Parrot Rescue & Refuge.  Dianna takes in unwanted, neglected and abused birds and works to get them rehabilitated and placed into good homes.  Dianna has 18 years of experience in rescuing and rehabilitating companion birds.

For more information, contact Bruce Darne at the Niagara Public Library at 715-25-3236.

Growing Your Own Small Business to be presented by Kim Schuster at Niagara Public Library

“Do you have an idea or hobby that you would like to turn into a business? Or do you own a small business that you would like to expand?”

Join us at the Niagara Public Library on Tuesday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m. for a hands-on program featuring the basics of starting your own small business.  Bring your ideas, skills, or hobbies and learn how to turn them into full time or part time small businesses.

The program will feature examples and demonstrations (including equipment and products) of real businesses such as spray tanning, soap making, industrial manufactured products, natural handmade beauty products, book writing and more.

Learn tips for success as well as how to avoid common pitfalls of owning your own business.  The audience will receive products samples from some of the featured businesses as well as hand-outs featuring small business basics.

Kim grew up in a family of inventors and entrepreneurs which gave her the desire to run her own business.  “I started out making my own products to sell at the age of ten in my grandma’s gift shop.  My brothers and I were paid five cents a mouse to trap mice in the garage, which created a competition of who could build a better mousetrap.  I also operated my own part time photography business in high school,” Kim said.

Kim continued,”My dad has owned businesses ranging from photography to manufacturing Air Foils for dragsters in our garage.  My parents have owned a successful industrial manufacturing business (screw-feeding machines) for 40 years.  I went back to school to get my degree in business so I could work for my family’s business.  I also own a small business that features handmade natural beauty products including hand-made soap.  I love to share my knowledge and experience with people that have a dream of owning their own business.

For more information, contact Bruce Darne at 715-251-3236.

Super Bowl Fundraiser for Niagara Public Library

The Niagara Public Library, along with the Friends of the Niagara Library, will hold a Super Bowl Tailgate Cook Out Fundraiser on Friday, January 30th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Forward Financial Credit Union in Niagara.  Brats, hot dogs, dessert and refreshments will be available for purchase.  The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to purchase a new children’s computer and help offset costs of upcoming presentations.  Some of the featured programs will be Sonny Longtine who will do a program on Upper Peninsula murders and a raptor program presented by Raptor Education Group, Inc.

Christmas Open House at Niagara Library

The Niagara Public Library extends an invitation to everyone to attend its annual Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 10th from 10:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the library.

“Join in for refreshments, goodies and holiday cheer, reacquaint old friendships and form new ones this holiday season,” said Librarian Bruce Darne.

The open house is sponsored by the Friends of the Niagara Public Library.

Hope to see you there!

Donation to Niagara Public Library

gigueredonationOn Friday, June 27,2014, the Niagara Public Library was presented with a monetary donation by Jon Giguere and Mary Forseth in honor of their mother Marcella Giguere, former Niagara librarian.  With the money donated, we were able to purchase 40 books.  The family requested that we purchase children’s books and large print books.

Richard P. Smith to Present “Hunting Big Woods Bucks” at the Niagara Public Library

Richard P. Smith, award winning outdoor writer/photographer, expert hunter and wildlife expert, will present a program entitled “Hunting Big Woods Bucks” on Tuesday, August 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Niagara Public Library.

Richard is a nationally recognized writer, photographer and speaker who has written 21 books and thousands of magazine articles, specializing in all types of wildlife, but especially whitetail deer and black bear.  He contributes regularly to Michigan Sportsman Magazine, Woods-N-Water News and the Porcupine Press.

Richard has been hunting whitetail deer and black bear for more than 40 years.  The author/photographer is a recognized expert on whitetail deer and black bear behavior and biology as well as hunting these popular big game animals.  He has interviewed the top bear biologists in the country and accompanied them in the field on their research.  A number of books he’s written have been about deer and black bear.

Richard is only the second person in Michigan to collect a CBM Grand Slam and to complete such a feat, a hunter must shoot deer, bear, elk, and turkey that qualify for listing in state records maintained by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM).

For more information about this program, contact Bruce Darne at the Niagara Public Library at 715-251-3236.

Food Preservation Workshop at Niagara Public Library

After a long winter, we look forward to the fresh produce that the summer brings.  How can we make that summer bounty last all year?  Join us at the Niagara Public Library on Wednesday, August 6th at 2:00 p.m. when Marinette County UW-Extension office’s Beth Rieth will be offering a food preservation workshop.  Learn about canning, freezing and drying foods using the most up-to-date recipes and procedures to keep your family safe.  You will go home with many resources to preserve high-quality, safe food.

In addition, pressure canner dial gauge testing can be done for free.  The USDA recommends testing these gauges for accuracy every year.  Bring the entire lid to the extension office or to the food preservation workshop- it only takes a few minutes.

For more information about the Food Preservation Workshops, contact Beth Rieth, Interim Family Living Educator with Marinette County UW-Extension at 715-732-7510 or at beth.rieth@ces.uwex,edu.  You can also contact the library at 715-251-3236.

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