Adult Book Club

Our book club will be taking a break in December to enjoy the busy season. We will resume again in January, meeting inside the main library with social distancing protocols in place.

Our book club meets once a month. We read fiction and nonfiction with insightful, fun and energetic discussions about each read! We have been meeting outside over the summer and fall, but will once again be turning to an inside meeting starting in November.

Our January meeting will be held at our main library on Wednesday, January 12th at 6:00 pm.

The book we are reading for January 2022 is Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker. Hidden Valley Road is the heartrending story of a mid-century American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease. https://www.goodreads.com/hidden-valley-road

If you are interested in joining our book club, please email Carol Murphy at cmurphy@swls.org or call 608.935.3728. Thank you!

International Mystery Book Club

Members choose which books they want to read from our list of suggested titles, focusing on a different country or region each month.

Our international mystery book club has been discontinued for now. We are looking forward to starting again when the club is able to meet safely inside. Normally, we meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m, we expect this timeline to remain the same upon our return. If you are interested in attending this book club again in the near future, please contact Carol Murphy at cmurphy@swls.org or call the library at 608.935.3728. Thank you!

Job Resources / Education / Resume Building

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Job Resources

Below are several links to job listings near Dodgeville and the surrounding areas.
• Bigger Shoes – Network Area Job Searches
• Monster Jobs – Search Engine

Iowa County Job Center

Job Service in Dodgeville is located across the street from the Dodgeville Public Library at 201 S. Iowa St.

Southwest Tech Outreach Sites

Southwest Tech offers Adult Basic Education courses, GED/HSED preparation, career planning services, and many other programming options at several outreach sites throughout Southwest Wisconsin. Many services are free of charge! Southwest Tech Outreach site is located at 316 W. Spring St., Dodgeville, in the same mall as Piggly Wiggly.

Job Center of Wisconsin

State of Wisconsin – Department of Workforce Development is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.

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Learning Express Library

Learning Express is a free source for Career Preparation, College Admissions Test Prep, Skill-building Resources, GED Preparation, Adult Core Skills, and more. Enter your SWLS library’s barcode as your user name and create a password to set up your account.

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Cypress RESUME

Cypress Resume is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps. (Library Card number needed to login.)

Reminiscing Kits for Seniors

RemKit

Reminiscing Kits for Senior have been developed for individuals with memory issues and their caregivers. We hope these kits stir memories and spark conversation. The kits include activities that can be done individually or with someone. The kits feature different themes relating to various topics. For example, farming, cooking and baking, birds, games, quilting, fishing, etc.

These kits are available at the Dodgeville Public Library and may be checked out for up to 4 weeks. Each kit provides a multi-sensory activity; visual, auditory, and tactile.

There is no charge for damaged or lost pieces. We are aware cognitively challenged people may get a little too zealous with activities and even may hide items. We do not want anyone to be afraid to check out or use the kits for fear something may be damaged or lost.

The Aging & Disability Resource Center, Iowa County Health Department and Dodgeville Public Library worked on developing the kits. CrestRidge Senior Living provided additional funding for the kits.

VideoEye

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The Dodgeville Lions Club donated a VideoEye to the Library for vision impaired patrons. Located in the Local History room, the VideoEye is available for reading print materials, writing or doing handwork.

The VideoEye has several features that allow patrons to control the visual image.
Reverse Image converts black on white text into white on black text to give increased contrast. This is especially helpful when reading.
Color/BW turns color off. Helpful when reading colorful print.
Focus Lock fixes the focus on the desired surface to help with writing.
Full Range Autofocus focuses at any camera height by moving the camera arm up and down.
PowerZoom fingertip control increases/decreases magnification continuously by pressing and holding
the button.

How does it work?
The arm unit is clamped to the reading table. Nearby, the television screen is connected to the arm. When both are turned on, the VideoEye magnifies and projects the image from the table top through the television screen. The VideoEye can also be moved over the patron’s lap for handwork such as knitting.

Click here to see an example of how the VideoEye works.