On the Same Page: Introduction to international folk dancing and more at Reedsburg Public Library

Reedsburg Public Library staff

Jane Leussler teachers a folk dancing class. An international folk dancing class will be held at the Reedsburg Public Library as part of its summer programming. (Submitted photo)

Next week’s offerings at Reedsburg Public Library include an Introduction to International Folk Dancing for all ages, a Grown Up Monday Fun Day featuring card games, and more opportunities to participate in library programs and reading challenges!

Prospective dancers of all ages are invited to learn the basics of international folk dancing on Monday, June 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s Community Room. Local retired educator Jane Leussler will introduce participants to circle dances, mixers and trios from many parts of the world. All dances will be taught and no experience is necessary. The program is free and appropriate for all ages, preschool to senior citizens and for all abilities. Preschoolers and elementary age children should come with an adult who will also be participating.

Leussler has facilitated several group dance lessons, and learned folk dance from her father who would teach dancing at various family camps and community events. She comments that folk dancing became very popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s and is still a wonderful way to meet people and have fun. When asked what she would tell people who are hesitant to try, she replied “remember the emphasis is on having fun, not on trying to impress anyone with a fancy performance. This is a community activity that’s just as relevant today as it was for earlier generations.”

Earlier in the day, adults are invited to Grown Up Monday Fun Day from 2 to 3 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. Join us for camaraderie, snacks, and card games, including euchre.

On Thursday, June 20, adults are invited to attend the Library’s Evening Book Discussion either in person or via Zoom at 6 p.m. June’s selection is “The Measure” by Nikki Erlick, in which every person in the world receives a box at their front door. Inside is a string which indicates the length of his or her life. Do you open the box or not? The ramifications are considerable, no matter what you choose!

June 17-21 marks the second week of youth services summer programming, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Programs requiring no registration each week include Babygarten, Teen Time, Loganville Little Library at Loganville’s Village Hall, and two storytimes on Fridays. This week’s Thursday Discovery Days will feature a camping theme and craft, and does require registration at least 24 hours in advance. Sign up online or in the library.

It’s not too late for youth and adults to sign up for this summer’s reading challenges! Youth can participate either with a paper reading log, online, or both. Prizes can be won at the midpoint and end of each summer month with the paper log. Completing the online Beanstack challenge allows participants to enter tickets in the grand prize drawing at the end of the summer. Adults can enter a ticket for a prize basket drawing for every five books read, or other challenges completed!

For questions about any library program or service, call the library at 608-768-READ (7323) or email info@reedsburglibrary.org.