Shop Talks!

We are excited to host a couple different speakers through the Wisconsin Humanities Council program “Shop Talk”

“Whatever work means to you – whether it is paid or unpaid, public or private sector – work is a defining feature of life. It is a human experience and at the heart of how we make not just a living but also a life. Work defines us as individuals and connects us as members of society. Too often, however, the topic can be divisive. At a time when the future of work and jobs is being hotly debated, The Working Lives Project is examining what work is, was, or might be with a series of programs: – See more at:”


Our first speaker is Jesse Gant, who will present on Friday Sept 30th at 7pm




Our second speaker is Jim Leary, who will present on Oct. 7th at 7pm



Wednesday July 27th 3pm AUCTION

Aha!  The day you’ve all been reading towards: our end of the summer-reading-program children’s auction.  Each 15 minutes of reading= $1.00 of spending money. ( Gotta cap you readers off at “$100” though!)  Even if you haven’t been diligently keeping track of your reading hours, do come.  We will figure something out.

This year auctioneer Zeke Garthwaite will be here to lead the show.  We have lots of great items to bid on. . . see you there!

Storywalk at Erickson Wetlands

3pm Wednesday July 20th.  Wear walking shoes, it will be fun to see what will be in store(y) for us!

Argyle Library is happy to invite Sarah Pierce of the Driftless Conservancy back to host another program (she led the way on our Aldo Leopold day back in March).  This time, in conjunction with our summer reading program, we will meet off-site, at the ERICKSON WETLANDS TRAIL HEAD. (To get there, follow the parking lot behind the town park, past the ballfield and you will find it!)


Here’s more on Driftless Conservancy: Wetlands

Folklore Village Is Coming to Visit

Wednesday June 29th 3pm     Traditional Games

Wednesday July 6th 3pm         Traditional Music


Folklife ~ Your Life!”

  • This engaging, hands-on educational program provides an opportunity to discover the world of folklife which is an important part of every person’s life –it involves the way we celebrate holidays, our family stories, the songs we sing and much more.
  • Sessions are designed to help children learn more about themselves, their families and communities and inspire an appreciation for traditions and heritage.

Folklore Village is a nationally recognized folk arts and culture center dedicated to enriching lives through time-honored traditions.

3210 CTY BB Dodgeville WI  53533


Snakes Alive! June 15th 3 pm

“Snakes Alive” is a national touring program that offers an exciting, hands-on, educational experience.  With a wide variety of live animals, “Snakes Alive” lets you interact “up close and personal” to discover first-hand the fascinating world of reptiles.  Learn their role in nature and caring for them in captivity as Herpetologist, Tom Kessenich lets you touch, hold and even talk to his friendly “critters”.

Summer Reading Program



The time has come!  The summer reading program has expanded from a handful of dates to EACH AND EVERY WEDNESDAY in the months of June & July!  We will have arts, speakers, snakes, scavenger hunts and of course, our annual children’s reading auction.

For every 15 minutes of logged reading time, kids will earn $1 ( a pretend dollar!) to use at the children’s reading auction on July 27th.  (Note, you reading fanatics, we’re capping you off at $100.  You can however, read above and beyond!)

Speaking of which, the library is accepting donations of gently used items for the auction.  These could range from toys to gift certificates, cake mixes and art supplies.  Anything kids like!

So get ready, get set . . . READ!!



Argyle Public Library Summer Reading Program

Wednesdays at 3pm in June & July

6/01   Kid’s Movie- TBD

Get comfy in our new kid’s room

6/08    Book worm Races

Bring your fastest worm to the library!

6/15   “Snakes Alive”

See live snakes- program by Tom Kessenich

6/22   Sidewalk Chalk Art

Lets decorate the pavement for the 77th Argyle Fish Fry!

6/29 “Traditional music”

Fiddles, Songs and Stories- program by Folklore Village

7/06 “Traditional games” program by Folklore Village

Old Fashioned group games- program by Folklore Village

7/13  Library scavenger hunt

Work with a partner to find items throughout the library.  Prizes!

7/20 Story-walk AT Erickson Wetland

Meet at trailhead- program by Driftless Conservancy

7/27 Reading Auction

Drop by the library to pick up a reading log as soon as you can! Each 15 minutes of reading= $1.00 to be used in children’s auction