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Story Walk New Book Just Posted

Splat the Cat: back to school Splat! from the HPL Storybook Trail

StoryWalk promotes literacy and physical fitness. Families are encouraged to participate in this No Child Left Inside activity. All are welcome to take a short hike on the Nature Trail behind the library - Hortonville Municipal Building at 531 N Nash St. and enjoy the children's book posted along the trail.

The new book on the trail is: Splat the cat : back to school, Splat! by Bergen, Lara, 1955-. Are you ready to go back to school?

The experience is free. Visitors are encouraged to share their experience by commenting here on the date of their visit, how many people were in their party, and any comment or suggestion they may have for the project. Photos of you on the trail would be welcomed too. Sponsored by the Hortonville Public Library.

The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coaltion and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.


Nook Magazines now available on OverDrive


Through a partnership with Barnes & Noble, magazines are now available in Wisconsin's Digital library. Users will need a free NOOK reading app or a NOOK table. View the following help documents and videos to learn more and to get started.

To view a list of all magazines, you can use the advanced search page at Wisconsin's Digital Library and under Formats select "NOOK Periodicals." You can view a list of the 87 magazine titles (pdf) added to start the collection. 

A note about the NOOK app. When downloading an OverDrive magazine, wait until the magazine is fully downloaded before trying to open the magazine. If you click on the cover before the download is complete, the app will ask you if you want to try the magazine for free and provide subscription details and costs. Once the download is complete, it will recognize the title as a library checkout and not ask you to "Try for Free" and not ask you to subscribe.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an easy, do it yourself program that is designed to get families reading to their children from infancy on. Read to your child every day and before you know it you will have read 1000 books – or more! 1 book per day for three years is 1,095 books! 2 books per day takes about 1.5 years!

How the program works:

This early literature program is open to children from birth to age 5. Children receive a simple reading log to track every 100 books along with a sticker page to track their own progress at home. Every time a child fills up a log of 100 books they receive a sticker for their at home progress page and receive pages for the next 100 books.

Parents can include books that their children hear in library story times, in preschool, from other family members, and elsewhere too. If a family has more than one child enrolled in the program and someone reads the same book to all of them, all get to count the book. You may also read the same book more than once and count it each time!

Register at the library anytime. You will receive a reading log for the first 100 books and a progress page.

The goal of this project is to help your child enter school ready to learn; to expose them to a wide variety of books and to promote use of the library and it’s collections - a treasure trove of free material available to all community members.