If you plan to fly within the U.S., visit a military base or other federal buildings, the Department of Homeland Security will require identification that is REAL ID compliant (or show another acceptable form of identification, such as a passport) beginning October 1, 2020. Wisconsin DMV issues REAL ID compliant products (marked with a ✪) in […]
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About Charlie, Reference Assistant
Charlie is an avid reader, and has been a steady and loyal library patron for 30 years. His three girls would bring suitcases and fill them with all sorts of exciting books and stories.
When he heard there was an opening at the reference desk, he jumped at the chance, interviewed, and got the job! He has been at the desk now since October of 2016.
He loves biking around Eau Claire, is a loyal YMCA member, has been married for 33 years, and plays in the violin in The String Connection.
Entries by Charlie, Reference Assistant
Have you ever been stuck, not knowing what you feel like reading next? Tired of the same genres and authors? Looking for something new? Since all staff members in this library are here to serve, then yes, we can help! First, ask at the reference desk upstairs for a Diversity Challenge reading journal. Each month […]
Each year the garden at our home seems to get bigger and bigger. It feels like it is more work each year for my wife and me (but mostly her); more mulch, more weeds, more trimming. But more stuff! Beauty! Smells! We started our garden maybe 20 years ago, with some help of a friend. […]
CH-CH-Changes! Nope, not the David Bowie song. Or the Charles Bradley song. I am talking about the big changes at our beloved library. First, there have been several comments from our faithful customers thinking that by adding more self-checkout stations, and making these changes, staff have been or will be replaced. Rest assured this is not the […]
Ever wondered where rock groups got their names? Ever heard of Jethro Tull? Uriah Heep? The band known as Spice was later changed to Uriah Heep in reference to the well-known character from David Copperfield. According to biographer Kirk Blows, “Dickens’ name being everywhere around Christmas ’69 due to it being the hundredth anniversary of […]
One year ago, my father-in-law, age 84, was living on his own, driving, in charge of his own finances, and pretty much his life. After two bouts of pneumonia last spring, things changed quickly. The family felt it best that we think of some long term plans, the first of which involved him moving into […]
I admit that I am dating myself, because when I was in school, and you went to the library for research, you stepped up to a large cabinet full of index cards. For example, if you wanted information about Abraham Lincoln, you searched his last name in the card catalog, alphabetical order in the ‘Ls’, […]
Until recently, buying light bulbs for your home was simple. You selected the watts required, perhaps a 3-way bulb, or maybe some sort of light blue or pink hue. Now go to any home improvement store, and there are walls upon walls of different lights to choose from. CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights), are very energy […]
As host families for UWEC, my wife and I got to know two young women who had different stories to tell about freedom in their countries. Agnese was from Latvia, which today is a very progressive European country. However, they were not granted their independence from Russia until 1990! Latvians were under Russian rule before […]
The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day.” However, because of the […]
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