With our 2021 Summer Reading Program theme of "Tails & Tales," our summer will be filled with activities and programs for children and adults, with animal-related interests! Our first program is a program for Children called Letters to Owney the Famous U.S. Postal Dog, which will run from Monday, May 17th - Wednesday, June 9th.
Here's how it will work:
Come to the library to pick up a letter form to fill out for Owney, the world-famous dog US Postal Railway Mascot from the 1800s!
Owney had quite an adventurous life, hopping railway trains filled with bags of mail and collecting medals from postal clerks along the way. The medals marked Owney's travels throughout the states, country and world!
Owney is now at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and at 6 pm, Thursday, June 17th, we will a live/virtual program, where we will have the opportunity to see the actual Owney, see his medals, and hear his complete story!
Here's the cool part - after you have written your Letter to Owney, turn in your letter to the Winneconne Public Library, we will send all of the mail that is turned in to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington D.C. On Thursday, June 17th, representatives from the Smithsonian will select three letters and read them live from Washington D.C.!
Official sign up for the Night at the Museum with Owney will begin Monday, June 7th - stay tuned for more information (: