VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Mindfulness & Meditation in Times of Stress; Thursday, May 6th, 6PM

This presentation covers the many benefits and challenges of living mindfully. Strategies and pathways for mindfully savoring life will be discussed. Meditation can assist with mindfulness and presentation will include a review and experience of different types of meditation – Grounding Meditation, Mindful Meditation, Loving Kindness Meditation, Muscular Meditation, and Moving Meditation.

Robert McGrath, Psy D, ABPP is a licensed psychologist who provided Mind/Body Wellness Services at University Health Services. Robert has expertise in health psychology, positive psychology, authentic happiness, mind/body wellness and stress management.


To register, visit or sign up at our desk.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Gardening with Native Plants, Thursday, April 29th, 6PM

Virtual presentation conducted by Native Plant Gardener at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum.

Native plants are the basis of sustainable, diverse, and beautiful gardens supporting pollinators, beneficial insects, and wildlife. These gardens thrive without fertilizers, pesticides, mowing, or supplemental watering. We will share garden examples, plant sources, and practical tips for garden care.

Susan Carpenter is the native plant gardener at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arboretum. Since 2003, she has worked with students and community volunteers to maintain and monitor a 4-acre garden representing the plant communities of southern Wisconsin.


To register, visit or sign up at our desk.

Virtual Book Discussion, Wednesday, April 21st, 11AM


This event will take place virtually. An invite with a Zoom link will be emailed one week prior to the discussion, to the email address you provide with your registration. To register click on the following link:

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

(Soon to be adapted as a limited series starring Kenneth Branaugh)

Copies of the book are available to check out at the Oscar Grady Public Library, or by placing a request through

It Happened in Wisconsin! Virtual Book Discussion, Thursday, April 22nd, 6PM

Calling all history buffs to join us for “It Happened in Wisconsin”, our very own history club at the library dedicated to the history of our state.

Join us for a virtual discussion around the book Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy.

First published in 1973, this remarkable book about life in a small turn-of-the-century Wisconsin town has become a cult classic. Lesy has collected and arranged photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by a Black River Falls photographer, Charles Van Schaik.

Limited copies available for check out. THIS PROGRAM WILL BE CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register, visit the following link or sign up at our desk:

The Librarians’ Bedside Table (March 4th Edition)

On this new issue of our newsletter, the “Librarians Bedside Table”, we compiled a list of really good titles recommended by your library friends. Each title can be accessed in electronic format for your convenience. Click or tap in the hyperlinks attached to each title that will take you right to them in the Monarch Catalog. We hope you enjoy this selection of books from your librarians at the Oscar Grady Public Library!Click or tap on the worded link below to access the content for our latest issue:


New! Magazines now on Libby

The benefits of having a library card keep getting bigger and greater!

Now you can access over 3,000 magazine titles from your Libby app, including top titles like:

  • US Weekly
  • National Geographic
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Vanity Fair
  • Rolling Stones

For a full listing of all the magazines you can access now through the Libby App, please visit the following link:

All magazines are available as simultaneous use without circulation caps.