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Activity Abounds at GPL


Welcome back to the Greenfield Public Library’s blog.  We are happy that you are reading and we look forward to seeing you at the Library soon.  The following is events and news related to GPL in the coming month. 


Free Personal Finance Workshop at the Greenfield Library on Saturday, January 18

Making Sense of Your Personal Budget is a free workshop scheduled for Saturday, January 18, from 10:30 – Noon in the Greenfield Library Community Room. 

It’s a new year and a great time to get your personal budget on track!  You will learn to recognize the difference between needs and wants, the importance of creating an emergency savings account, how to budget and save, as well as how to clean up your credit.  This program is co-sponsored by the Greenfield Library and the WWBIC (Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.).   

Registration is appreciated, but not required.  To register, stop by the Library Reference Desk, call Michelle at (414) 321-9595 X101 or email 


Greenfield Public Library Will be CLOSED on Monday, January 20, 2014 for Data Migration and Staff In-Service.

Although we are closed, the exterior automated book drop and online services will still be available.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 


Involved with a Worthy Cause?  Use Our Display Case to Highlight It!

The Greenfield Public Library welcomes applications from local non-profit civic and cultural groups and clubs to display their artwork and other small items and/or information about their group in our display case in the Library lobby.  Those wishing to display in the Library’s case must complete the Application for Use of the Display Case.  All rules and guidelines for the Display Case can be found at the above link. 


Greenfield Library’s New History Book Club to Meet on Tuesday, January 28

This month we will be discussing Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, by Simon Winchester.  Registration is not required and all are welcome – even if you did not read the book, but enjoy historical discussion.  History Book Club takes place from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Library Community Room.  You can request a copy of the book online at, by calling the Library at (414) 321-9595 X104, or by stopping at the Library Reference Desk.   


Chinese New Year Party for Middle and High School Students on Thursday, January 30, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Library!  We’ll learn to use chopsticks, enjoy Chinese snacks, and try Chinese paper cutting.  All middle and high school students are invited to attend this free program.


Deep in the Stacks: A Look at the Holdings at Greenfield Public Library – Benjamin Franklin

Today, we celebrate the 308th Anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, way back on January 17, 1706.  While many remember him as one of America’s Founding Fathers, Franklin was a true Renaissance man, as one of colonial America’s foremost printers, writers, politicians, and scientists, to just name a few of the feathers in his hat.  Even his lesser known and more humorous accomplishments remain talked about today including his calling for the turkey to be the National Bird and his kite flying in thunderstorms to prove lightning’s electrical nature.  Today, we see his legacy on the $100 bill, one of only two non-presidents to be on our national currency (other Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill). 

We celebrate this great American by highlighting just some of the books and media Greenfield Library holds for Benjamin Franklin.


-Benjamin Franklin: A Biography in His Own Words – Benjamin Franklin     BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin

-Stealing God’s Thunder: Benjamin Franklin’s Lightning Rod and the Invention of America – Philip Dray     BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin

-My Life with Benjamin Franklin – Claude Anne Lopez     BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin

-Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World – ed. Page Talbott     BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin


-Ben and Me: A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin as Written By His Good Mouse, Amos – Robert Lawson     J LAW

-Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares – Frank Murphy     E2 MUR

-The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin – James Cross Giblin     J BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin

-Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker’s Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty – Russell Freedman     J BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin

-Benjamin Franklin and His Friends – Robert Quackenbush     J BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin

-Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin – Robert Byrd     J BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin

-The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin – Aliki     J BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin

-Who Was Ben Franklin? – Dennis Brindell Fradin – J BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin


-Benjamin Franklin – DVD BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin

-Founding Brothers – DVD 973.4 FOU


-The Autobiography of Ben Franklin – CD BIO FRANKLIN, Benjamin


Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you at Greenfield Library soon.

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