Hudson author Shelley Tougas author of titled “Laura Ingalls Wilder is Ruining My Life,” visits the Spring Valley Public Library on Monday, August 20 at 6:00pm. Submitted photo
Hudson author Shelley Tougas author of titled “Laura Ingalls Wilder is Ruining My Life,” visits the Spring Valley Public Library on Monday, August 20 at 6:00pm. Submitted photo

Submitted by Rebecca Schmitt, Library Director

SPRING VALLEY, WI – The Spring Valley Public Library is excited to announce two exciting adult programs happening this month!

The first is a visit from local Hudson author Shelley Tougas. Ms. Tougas writes juvenile fiction and won the Wisconsin Literacy Council Award for Children’s Literature for her most recent publication titled “Laura Ingalls Wilder is Ruining My Life.” Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family represent model pioneers in our culture-- people who conquered the west, broke the land and built America. But there’s more to the story. Author Shelley Tougas discovered Laura's life was much different than the idealized and nostalgic childhood Wilder penned on paper. Tougas will present her research at the Spring Valley Public Library on Monday, August 20 at 6:00pm in a presentation called “Everything Laura Ingalls Left Out of Her Novels.” Chapter 2 Books from Hudson will be available to sell additional titles by Ms. Tougas during the program.

The second adult program is a special visit from mystery writer David Housewright who has won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America as well as three Minnesota Book Awards. Author of the popular Mac McKenzie series, David Housewright will be at the Spring Valley Public Library on Monday, August 27 at 6:00pm to discuss his books with those interested. A big thank-you to our library board President Dianne Thomas for seeking out authors to come to our library! We hope many of you are able to attend these presentations and enjoy learning more about these authors and their work.

In other news, the Spring Valley Library offered Food for Fines from June 6 through July 5 and, thanks to the generous donations of our patrons, thirty pounds of assorted non-perishable items were donated to the Spring Valley Community Food Pantry! Thank you to everyone who brought in donations and supported our local food pantry!

Also, a friendly reminder that the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has an Employment and Training Specialist here at the SV Library every second Friday from 10am-12pm! They will enhance your job search, assist with applying for unemployment, offer resume writing help and interview preparation. For more information contact the Spring Valley Library or visit the library on the second Fridays of the month to meet with a Job Service agent.

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about our services and programs, please contact the library for more information at 715-778-4590, like our Facebook page or email the director at schmittr@svlibrary.org.