117 South Central Ave. • PO Box 507 • Dresser, WI 54009 • 715-755-2944 • dresserpl@dresserpubliclibrary.org

Make it simple. The Dresser Village Library Summer Calendar looks crazy complicated, but I think I'm getting it simple in my head.

Monday mornings (10:30 to 12:00), we do Story/Playtime for the littler kids -- taking the whole thing up a notch by following up the story part with super-fun kits from the Central office (first hundreds of Magnablocks, then a big elaborate interactive playground).

Monday afternoon (1:00 to 3:30), I do tech stuff with school-age kids -- and high school kids if they want.  For the first two weeks, we mess around with some radio-controlled mini-drones. (They're supposed to be so well designed they won't immediately crash and break like my previous drones did ...)  Then, after that, we'll do a bunch of digital movie making -- shooting movies, editing on computers, doing digital animation on iPads.

Finally, Monday from 4:00 to 5:00, kids and others can come and learn to juggle ... and then juggle. Ten minutes to learn, a lifetime to master.


On Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:30, I call it "Four Chords and a Dream."  Anyone who wants to make music -- strum along and sing and play pop songs -- can meet me at the Dresser Village Community Center. I'll show folks who to 

  • find and print lyrics and chords for easy songs from the Internet, and then
  • we'll play and sing those songs. (And maybe we'll dig up a drum set ... and anyone can bring their own instruments.)

It's not like a "jam session" or a "hootenanny." More like "a bunch of people playing four-chord songs kind of slowly or sometimes too fast and singing when they feel like it."

It's fun ... and it's amazing how most songs you hear on the radio are actually playable by even very beginning guitarists (or, I imagine, ukelele/bass/banjo/etc, etc.)  My target audience is middle and high school kids -- maybe older elementary -- and adults are welcome... but we'll only play songs that the kids know ... 'cuz I'm not going to ask a bunch of sixth-graders to spend their summer learning Leonard Cohen's back catalogue.