A Mid Summers Nights Dream - From the Ballpark

Ever wonder why football and soccer are played in a stadium?…

Disc Golf

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Discin’, frolfin’, chuckin’ some plastic. Whatever you…

Engaged on the 4th of July

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My earliest memories about the 4th of July consist of a strict…

Be in the Know

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There are several things I want to share with you about the library…

Read Books, Win Prizes!

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the…
Amish Field Work

Book Review: Why Cows Need Names

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Do you enjoy a personal narrative full of gentle good humor?…
Smoked Brisket

Smoky, Tender Deliciousness

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My interest in smoking meats was first sparked by watching maybe…

Playing on a Small Screen Near You (But You Can Read it, Too)

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As a reference librarian with a theatre background, I love to…

Young Adult Readers

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Do you have a child who is moving from Juvenile Fiction to Young…

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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My husband and I recently welcomed our first baby, Catherine…

I'm No Michelangelo, But I Can Pretend!

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Sculpting has always been an area of curiosity for me, but I…
When trouble strikes, head to the library

Thank You Eau Claire Library Customers!

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One of my job responsibilities as a reference assistant is to…

Local Authors Are the Best

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I have always admired those people who persevere and get their…

Gardening Season is almost here!

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Just the other day I received an email that it was time…

Libraries Transform

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During my time here at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library,…

Don't Call Me Chicken

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When we moved to the country the first thing we said was, "Let's…

Retro Gaming

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If you haven’t guessed from my past blog posts, I’m a huge…

Instantly Access Popular Media

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Are you on the go a lot? Wish you could watch some great movies…

Community Wellness and the Library

For years, our librarians have routinely assessed collections…

ArtsWest 38

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On Thursday, February 23, local artists and art enthusiasts…

There's No Place Like Home

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When my wife and I moved to Eau Claire in 1987, we could have…

Memoir of a Fantasy Snob

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One of my most defining moments of self realization in my life…

Dogs Need School Too!

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After several years of our youngest son begging for a dog of…

Not a Reader? Try Listening!

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If you had asked me even a year ago how I felt about audiobooks…

Dabble Delights

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I'm so happy that the library's new makerspace is finally…

Beating the Winter Blues

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It’s that time of year, when we all want to curl up with a…

Best Games of 2016

As another year passes us by, I look back on all the fun times…

Genre Alert: Historical Fiction

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It’s time to admit to my readers my secret (well – not so…

Pins, Pins and More Pins

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One of the things I have enjoyed over the years is collecting…

One Book, One Community

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Back in 2007 the library, along with several local sponsors,…

Get To Know Your Library

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Although I have been coming to the library for 30 years, I never…

Let's Print Something, But Leave The Paper!

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Ever since I first heard of the concept in the early 2000s from…

My Favorite 2016 Reads

With the close of the year coming fast, I have started thinking…

It Might Be Your Lucky Day!

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It has happened to us all. We hear about the release of a new…

Forget the Fishbowl

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I love my pets. They race to greet me when I come home. They…

Blizzcon and LA

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After about a year of planning and waiting, a group of friends…

Some of My Favorites!

I am sure that everyone realizes by now that reading is one of…

Welcome to the "Whedonverse"

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"Whedonverse" is the term used to describe the fictional universe…

Control Key Shortcuts

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

Change Can Be Good

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

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

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

These Words that Build Me: Invisible Identities

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

Game Guides

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

Banned Books are a Drag

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

Language Learning@Your Library

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Are you traveling to a different country where the native language…
Preserves shelf

Too Much of a Good Thing

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

Oh boy! Or, girl?

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

The Rise of eSports

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

House Research

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

Tall Ships and Rubber Ducks

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

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

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

Amish Romance

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

Commuting

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

Sleuthing Up Some Fun

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

Tech Trek

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

Everyone Belongs Here

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

Read the Book...See the Film

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

A New Purpose

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

Genre Alert: Chick Lit

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

Game On!

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

Book Review: It's What I Do

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

Get Caught Reading

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I was pursuing Chase's Calendar of Events looking for inspiration…

Roll up Your Sleeves

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

Eau Claire Marathon

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

Farewell Blog

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

Reading Behind the Wheel

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When I moved to from Eau Claire to Chippewa Falls nearly two…

Enjoy Free 24/7 Access to Reading

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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

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

When Books Went to War

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

Running Playlist

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

Podcasts

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

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

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

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild

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

Book Clubs

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

Travel Wise

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

Love for Public Libraries

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I like to think…

Skill Builders Wanted!

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

“You ready, child? Let’s go!”

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

Winter Reading Program

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

Keep Moving, Body and Soul

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Lately I have been hearing more and more people say that they…
2015

Best of 2015

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

Happy New Year!

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

Open Mics

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

Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti-Do

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If you are a music lover and enjoy singing or simply listening…

Lost and Found: Wedding Photos

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

’Tis the Season…

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

Bad Boys and Their Toys

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

From Film to Video to Disc

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

Getting Started

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

Eat, Run, Live

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

Hip Hop's History

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

October Happenings

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

A Labor of Love

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Earlier this year, my husband and I bought a house.  But it…
home delivery

Library Home Delivery Service

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

On The Rise

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

Falling into Fall

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

Banned! Don’t Read This!!

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Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face…

The Unromantic Romance Writer

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A decade ago, I did not like romance novels, unless you count…
holding flowers in hand

Genre Alert: Women’s Fiction

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

By Land, By Water, By Air

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

The Dog Days of Summer

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I have often wondered where the phrase "The dog days of summer"…

Get the Party Started!

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

Putting Pen to Paper

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

If it’s Nordic, it must be noir

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

Calendar Girl

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

Car Repair Savvy

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

A Happy Camper

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

Beach Reads

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

Enhanced Reading

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

Who Knew?

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

Get Your Art On!

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

Collecting People

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

Get On Your Bike, Mate!

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

Finding Your Next Great Read

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

Crossover Into New Adult Fiction!

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

The Incredible Edible Luffa

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

Planning your Perfect Summer Vacation

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

Free Movies!

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

Will it Waffle?

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We're always helping people looking for information on canning…

Welcome to Curiosity Exchange!

Welcome to our new Reference Services blog Curiosity Exchange! …