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 […]
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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.
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 […]
OK, I admit it. I am somewhat plagiarizing this blog, as an article appeared in the Eau Claire Leader Telegram recently that really hit home. Not being afraid to date myself, but this summer I do turn 65, and this really got me thinking. Here are a few of the bullet points I took from […]
No, not the line from Fiddler on the Roof – but close. When my 3 girls were younger, it was often difficult to have set traditions over the holidays. Both my family and my in-laws insisted on each having their Christmas celebration and gift opening on Christmas Eve. Some years we went to both homes, […]
Don’t look now, but the holiday season is fast approaching. Falling on November 23 this year, Thanksgiving 2017 is earlier than usual, and with Christmas, New Year’s, and other festivities following soon after, the time is right to get ready for holiday travel. Driving? Any seasoned Wisconsin driver knows to check and double-check driving conditions, and if a blizzard […]
Ok, I admit it’s been a while, but I fondly remember my college days when the semester was finished, and I could read a book that I WANTED to read, not one I HAD to read. One weekend I blew off school and read The Godfather by Mario Puzo. Probably paid for it with a […]
Ever wonder why football and soccer are played in a stadium? Hockey on a rink? Basketball on a court? But baseball, well, that is played in a park! Yes, a ball park, with green grass, sun shining, fans, and the smells of hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and yes, beer. I still think that going […]
One of my job responsibilities as a reference assistant is to attend meetings and webinars on different library issues from around the country. Unfortunately, more times than not these seminars have topics like library security, dealing with disruptive or disorderly customers, and working with people experiencing homelessness. I was amazed to learn that the Library of Congress […]
When my wife and I moved to Eau Claire in 1987, we could have lived anywhere in Western Wisconsin, as my job was a salesman on the road. But meeting people here, talking to them at lunch, and just driving around the area convinced us that this is where we wished to live. And we […]
Although I have been coming to the library for 30 years, I never took the time to check out all the other offerings that the library has available. Reference Books? How to guides? Music Downloads? On-line learning? Genealogy information? Home delivery? Interlibrary Loans? I had no idea. An entire room full of old magazines, papers, […]
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