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Our photography club has their annual exhibit set up this month. There are 28 beautiful matted prints this year that range in subject from animals (birds, cows, horses,& deer) to sunsets, to tools and tractors. Something new this year are greeting cards which come with an envelope, have a photo on the front, and are blank inside for you to write a message. All items are for sale with the matted prints going for $20.00 each, and the greeting cards: $3.00 each, or 2 for $5.00, or 3 for $6.00. The cards are going quickly so stop in soon to get the best selection. The Mill Pond Photography Club welcomes new members, whether beginner or advanced. "We just love to learn from each other and shoot together!" If interested in joining the club send an email to Kathy at email@example.com, or stop in at the library for more information. And if you don't get a chance to look at the photos at the library the club members will be entering some of their work at the Green Lake County Fair in August.
We have a new display up for you to view, Sharon & Sarah Krueger of Manchester, have a 3-D Puzzle Collection. A jigsaw puzzle is a puzzle that requires the assembly of tiles or interlocking pieces in such a manner as to form a picture, or in this case a three-dimensional structure. The puzzle pieces may be made of cardboard, wood, plastic, rubber, metal, or foam. Sarah & Sharon like the Styrofoam pieces best because they don’t separate as easy.
Puzzles can range in difficulty from very easy 3 piece puzzles for toddlers to the current record holder, Life-The Great Challenge, with a whopping 24,000 pieces. Sarah & Sharon have puzzles that go from 50 pieces to the one they are working on now which is over 1400 pieces. They tried regular puzzles first but Sharon said those never seemed to get finished and sometimes the animals would knock them off the table. She also said that the 3-D puzzles take the sisters about a week to finish, maybe a bit longer if the pieces are very similar in color. The Great Wall of China was the very 1st puzzle the girls put together and that is one of the puzzles that is on display.
It is said that the first jigsaw puzzle was constructed around 1760 by British mapmaker John Spilbury. Spilbury took one of his world maps, pasted it to sheet of hardwood and cut around the borders of the countries with a fine-bladed saw. The result was a useful visual aid to help children learn world geography. Cardboard didn't become the material of choice for jigsaw puzzles until the 20th century, when puzzle companies began using dies. The popularity of the jigsaw puzzle reached its peak during the Great Depression, as piecing them together was an inexpensive way to pass the time during long periods of unemployment. Sharon & Sarah both greatly enjoy the puzzles which they pick up anywhere they can find them, stores, rummage sales, etc. The puzzles will be on display for the next month so stop in and take a peek. Maybe it will inspire you to try a new type of puzzle!