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When a customer has trouble printing on one of our computers,…

Change Can Be Good

I’ve written about one of my favorite hobbies – genealogy…

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The 17th annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival starts today, Monday,…

These Words that Build Me: Invisible Identities

The ancient Greeks didn’t have a word for blue. Does this mean…

Game Guides

Game Guides are a wonderful assistance to anyone playing a game…

Banned Books are a Drag

When most folks think of the library, they think books. But the…

Language Learning@Your Library

Are you traveling to a different country where the native language…
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Too Much of a Good Thing

I will never forget the moment I first laid eyes on our new veggie…

Oh boy! Or, girl?

I am a pretty traditional gal, with what I consider traditional…

The Rise of eSports

eSports, or competitive gaming, is a booming industry that is…

House Research

Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you? …
El Galeon Andalucía

Tall Ships and Rubber Ducks

The Tall Ships Duluth 2016 event, to be held in just a week from August…

Wi-Fi hotspot! Get your Wi-Fi hotspot here!

The library is now offering Wi-Fi hotspots for two week checkouts…
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Amish Romance

Amish Romance is a new genre for me and one I haven’t been…


For years I’ve had about a 30 minute drive to and from my job…
Sleuthing Up Some Fun

Sleuthing Up Some Fun

One of my greatest passions in life has always been reading.…

Tech Trek

As we march into the 21st century, more and more services and…
LGBT Month

Everyone Belongs Here

June is Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Book Month, a…
Read the Book…See the Film

Read the Book...See the Film

Growing up I always loved watching movies, but was also a fanatic…
A New Purpose

A New Purpose

I love the transition from spring to summer: bringing the porch…

Genre Alert: Chick Lit

Summer is finally upon us and there is nothing more satisfying…
Video Games

Game On!

Ever since I was a young boy, I have enveloped myself in all…
Lynsey Addario

Book Review: It's What I Do

It's a calling. It's something that sort of takes over who I…
Cat Caught Reading

Get Caught Reading

I was pursuing Chase's Calendar of Events looking for inspiration…
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Roll up Your Sleeves

I can't thank my dad enough for the time he spent teaching my…
Eau Claire Marathon Finish

Eau Claire Marathon

I was at the Eau Claire Marathon on Sunday, but I wasn’t running.This…

Farewell Blog

After working at the public library for 38 years, I’m retiring…

Reading Behind the Wheel

When I moved to from Eau Claire to Chippewa Falls nearly two…
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Enjoy Free 24/7 Access to Reading

If you had asked me 2 years ago if I would ever own an e-reader,…
Big Bay State Park

47 State Parks in 6 Months

My wife and I had completed our quest to visit every Major League…
Serviceman Reading

When Books Went to War

As anyone who loves to read can tell you, books have the ability…
Eau Claire Marathon

Running Playlist

As you may already know, I have been training for the Eau Claire…


I grew up in a house where public radio always seemed to be on.…

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

I have loved dogs all my life. I used to walk around my neighborhood…

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild

I have long enjoyed the vibrant literature scene here in the…
Book Clubs

Book Clubs

Book clubs have been around for quite some time, but surged in…

Travel Wise

It’s never too soon to start planning your next great travel…
Library User Hearts

Love for Public Libraries

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I like to think…
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Skill Builders Wanted!

Like most people, as the New Year approached, I started thinking…
Rythm Ride

“You ready, child? Let’s go!”

I recently spent a leisurely morning off reading a book that…

Winter Reading Program

It has been suggested by those closest to me that I may have…

Keep Moving, Body and Soul

Lately I have been hearing more and more people say that they…

Best of 2015

As 2015 drew to a close, our inboxes and social media feeds…
Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I know it is not quite here, but it is close. I am looking forward…
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Open Mics

Eau Claire is a pretty amazing place to live if you are a writer,…
Children's Choir


If you are a music lover and enjoy singing or simply listening…
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Lost and Found: Wedding Photos

Recently I received a message on my home answering machine from…
'Tis the Season...

’Tis the Season…

Now that I am merely weeks away from winter break at school,…

Bad Boys and Their Toys

As I’ve delved deeper into the world of New Adult Fiction,…
DVD Collection

From Film to Video to Disc

I have had a great love for movies that was nurtured from years…

Getting Started

I’d like you to meet my cat Ollie and his new friend Dick,…

Eat, Run, Live

After years of battling my weight and diet, a few years ago…
Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop's History

The first thing that caught my eye about Ed Piskor’s graphic…

October Happenings

When I was reminded that it was my turn to do a blog, I had no…
A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

Earlier this year, my husband and I bought a house.  But it…
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Library Home Delivery Service

The library’s Home Delivery program has existed in some form…

On The Rise

Bread has been an important part of the human diet for many thousands…

Falling into Fall

Here in Wisconsin, we’re lucky enough to experience all four…
banned books week

Banned! Don’t Read This!!

Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face…
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The Unromantic Romance Writer

A decade ago, I did not like romance novels, unless you count…
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Genre Alert: Women’s Fiction

For as long as I can remember I have been a romance novel lover. …

By Land, By Water, By Air

I’ve been thinking about bookmobiles lately. It all began when…

The Dog Days of Summer

I have often wondered where the phrase "The dog days of summer"…
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Get the Party Started!

Get the Party Started!In addition to planning library programs,…

Putting Pen to Paper

Writing is not a talent all of us are fortunate to have. Whether writing…

If it’s Nordic, it must be noir

Nordic (or Scandinavian) Noir didn’t begin with Stieg Larsson’s…

Calendar Girl

If the above picture looks familiar, you may recall having seen…
Car Repair

Car Repair Savvy

If you have ever been a car owner you know how easy it is to…

A Happy Camper

There are almost as many ways to camp as there are campers. Whether…
Beach Reads

Beach Reads

Summer is in full swing!  I admit I love summer, it’s my favorite…
Sonic Youth

Enhanced Reading

We all have a favorite chair, a preferred beverage to sip upon,…

Who Knew?

The other day our Library Director sent an email to us about…

Get Your Art On!

According to the calendar, summer starts June 21. I’ve…

Collecting People

I like people, old and young, short and tall, whomever. “My”…

Get On Your Bike, Mate!

May is just about my favorite month of the year. The cold of…

Finding Your Next Great Read

As a student, I often look forward to the end of any semester-…
New Adult Fiction

Crossover Into New Adult Fiction!

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading,…

The Incredible Edible Luffa

Every February I try to satisfy my longing for spring by browsing…

Planning your Perfect Summer Vacation

One of the highlights in my family’s year is our summer vacation.…

Free Movies!

Our library's collection of DVD's is hugely popular with our…
Curiosity Exchange

Will it Waffle?

We're always helping people looking for information on canning…
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Welcome to Curiosity Exchange!

Welcome to our new Reference Services blog Curiosity Exchange! …