Staff Blog

A Night in the Lonesome October, aka “The Perfect Spooky Book for Autumn”

October’s not over, and if you’re looking for the perfect book to read in these last chilly evenings as Halloween draws near, I have a suggestion. In fact, if you were to ask me, Hey, what’s the perfect book to read each October?, I’d gladly reply, Hey, thanks for asking, that means a lot. Well, […]

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Jethro Tull, Part II

In April of 2019, I wrote a blog about how musicians and bands came up with their names titled “Who is Jethro Tull”? Our world-famous webmaster told me that for some odd reason, people still look at this. So here is part two. As a teenager in the late 1960s, The Monkees were a hot […]

Not Here

Not here? Never fear! Have you ever looked through the library catalog for something you really wanted or a friend suggested but could not find it? It’s never a good feeling, but I’m here to remind you of two different options you have before you should give up on your quest! The first option, especially […]

Sweater Weather in the Chippewa Valley

It’s that time of the year again… The time of cozy drinks, oversized sweaters, crisp air… and of course, tacky Halloween decorations. In fact, September 22nd is the first official day of autumn! Fall is my favorite, and no matter how much I do during this season, I always feel like it’s not enough. This […]

Reflections on Generosity During Times of Crisis

This last Saturday marks 20 years since the events of September 11th, 2001. So many facets of modern life changed as a result of 9/11 that it is difficult for many people to recall a world before the attacks took place. There are many lessons to be taken from 9/11, among the most important lessons […]

Book Links: Linking You to Your Next Great Read

Without a doubt, one of the best parts of my job is linking customers to their next great read. There are a number of ways that I make book suggestions. I help readers in person at Information & Reference, I share my recent favorites at the monthly BYO Book Club, I create Personalized Book Bundles […]

Welcome, New Neighbors

It comes as no surprise that over the last 20 years the United States has been at war in Afghanistan. During that time U.S. troops worked hard to build relationships and help support people in Afghanistan to rebuild their county. While this was occurring people in Afghanistan risked their lives and welcomed U.S. troops into […]

The Summer the Librarians Went Outside

A fictional story based on true events By Stephanie   It was a beautiful summer day. The sun shone, the birds chirped, the flowers bloomed, and a light breeze rustled the leaves on the trees. In the park, there were children playing, people and their dogs walking, Frisbees soaring, and picnics spread out on park […]

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Celluloid Tear Releasers

People who know me well know that beneath my thin veneer of cynicism lurks a person who cries easily. I’m talking bursting into tears when a female vice president is sworn in, when finding out that the very first Hmong American gymnast wins the all-around in gymnastics, or when she finds out that her favorite […]

Live Music Performance in Phoenix Park, Eau Claire, WI

Outdoor Music is Back

In so many ways, 2020 was a bust, right?  Certainly, the larger issues of death, illnesses, jobs lost, and businesses closing were the big picture but who did not miss their favorite outdoor activities? For me, it is all of the free outdoor music events that are so well attended in the Chippewa Valley.  All […]