Elf, Elf Baby

Do you ever find yourself wondering:

What library items…
October 17, 2017/by Ahna, Reference Services

Goodbye Pizza, Bread, and Candy

I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I’m a bit overweight. I…
October 9, 2017/by Jon, Reference Assistant

Welcome New College Students

Ok, I admit it’s been a while, but I fondly remember my college…
October 2, 2017/by Charlie, Reference Assistant

Forget Swords and Sorcery. Bring in Magic and Muskets!

I had an interesting conversation with a coworker recently. One…
September 25, 2017/by Bradley, Reference Associate

Harry, Hogwarts, and Hippogriffs…oh, my!

I only read Harry Potter because I was “supposed” to. As…
September 18, 2017/by Isa, Programming Librarian

Mycophagists Rejoice!


The month of September is National Mushroom Month.

September 11, 2017/by Ahna, Reference Services

It’s Fall Hat Month

I have often wished that hats would come back into vogue. I love…
September 4, 2017/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

What Should I Read Next?

Have you ever finished reading something and thought "I wish…
August 28, 2017/by Michaela, Reference Associate
Girls playing with Dash the robot

Check Out Some “Thing” New

I will venture a guess that there are very few readers of this…
August 21, 2017/by Susan, Library Associate

The Dreaded Book Slump

Have you ever had one of those months when absolutely nothing…
August 14, 2017/by Andria, Teen & Technology Librarian
binge watching tv

Binge Watch This!

I’ve never been one to watch a good television show as it initially…
August 7, 2017/by Jon, Reference Assistant

Summer Reading Recommendations

If you have been reading my blog posts for awhile you know I…
July 31, 2017/by Jen, Reference Associate
Dabble Day: Tuesday, August 15 2-7 p.m.

Dabble Day

Earlier this year the library unveiled the Dabble Box, a “do-it-yourself”…
July 24, 2017/by Isa, Programming Librarian

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – From the Ballpark

Ever wonder why football and soccer are played in a stadium?…
July 17, 2017/by Charlie, Reference Assistant

Disc Golf

Discin’, frolfin’, chuckin’ some plastic. Whatever you…
July 10, 2017/by Bradley, Reference Associate

Engaged on the 4th of July

My earliest memories about the 4th of July consist of a strict…
July 3, 2017/by Ahna, Reference Services

Be in the Know

There are several things I want to share with you about the library…
June 26, 2017/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

Read Books, Win Prizes!

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the…
June 19, 2017/by Michaela, Reference Associate
Amish Field Work

Book Review: Why Cows Need Names

Do you enjoy a personal narrative full of gentle good humor?…
June 7, 2017/by Susan, Library Associate
Smoked Brisket

Smoky, Tender Deliciousness

My interest in smoking meats was first sparked by watching maybe…
June 5, 2017/by Jon, Reference Assistant

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

As a reference librarian with a theatre background, I love to…
May 29, 2017/by Ahna, Reference Services

Young Adult Readers

Do you have a child who is moving from Juvenile Fiction to Young…
May 22, 2017/by Sam, Youth Services

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

My husband and I recently welcomed our first baby, Catherine…
May 15, 2017/by Isa, Programming Librarian

I’m No Michelangelo, But I Can Pretend!

Sculpting has always been an area of curiosity for me, but I…
May 8, 2017/by Bradley, Reference Associate
When trouble strikes, head to the library

Thank You Eau Claire Library Customers!

One of my job responsibilities as a reference assistant is to…
May 1, 2017/by Charlie, Reference Assistant

Local Authors Are the Best

I have always admired those people who persevere and get their…
April 24, 2017/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

Gardening Season is almost here!

Just the other day I received an email that it was time…
April 18, 2017/by Jen, Reference Associate

Libraries Transform

During my time here at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library,…
April 10, 2017/by Michaela, Reference Associate

Don’t Call Me Chicken

When we moved to the country the first thing we said was, "Let's…
March 29, 2017/by Susan, Library Associate

Retro Gaming

If you haven’t guessed from my past blog posts, I’m a huge…
March 27, 2017/by Jon, Reference Assistant

Instantly Access Popular Media

Are you on the go a lot? Wish you could watch some great movies…
March 20, 2017/by Michaela, Reference Associate

Community Wellness and the Library

For years, our librarians have routinely assessed collections…
March 13, 2017/by Pamela, Library Director

ArtsWest 38

On Thursday, February 23, local artists and art enthusiasts…
March 6, 2017/by Isa, Programming Librarian

There’s No Place Like Home

When my wife and I moved to Eau Claire in 1987, we could have…
February 27, 2017/by Charlie, Reference Assistant

Memoir of a Fantasy Snob

One of my most defining moments of self realization in my life…
February 20, 2017/by Bradley, Reference Associate

Dogs Need School Too!

After several years of our youngest son begging for a dog of…
February 13, 2017/by Jen, Reference Associate

Not a Reader? Try Listening!

If you had asked me even a year ago how I felt about audiobooks…
February 6, 2017/by Michaela, Reference Associate

Dabble Delights

I'm so happy that the library's new makerspace is finally…
January 30, 2017/by Susan, Library Associate

Beating the Winter Blues

It’s that time of year, when we all want to curl up with a…
January 23, 2017/by Amy, Holds & Resource Sharing Assistant

Best Games of 2016

As another year passes us by, I look back on all the fun times…
January 16, 2017/by Jon, Reference Assistant

Genre Alert: Historical Fiction

It’s time to admit to my readers my secret (well – not so…
January 9, 2017/by Jen, Reference Associate

Pins, Pins and More Pins

One of the things I have enjoyed over the years is collecting…
January 2, 2017/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

One Book, One Community

Back in 2007 the library, along with several local sponsors,…
December 27, 2016/by Isa, Programming Librarian

Get To Know Your Library

Although I have been coming to the library for 30 years, I never…
December 19, 2016/by Charlie, Reference Assistant

Let’s Print Something, But Leave The Paper!

Ever since I first heard of the concept in the early 2000s from…
December 12, 2016/by Bradley, Reference Associate

My Favorite 2016 Reads

With the close of the year coming fast, I have started thinking…
December 5, 2016/by Michaela, Reference Associate

It Might Be Your Lucky Day!

It has happened to us all. We hear about the release of a new…
November 28, 2016/by Susan, Library Associate

Forget the Fishbowl

I love my pets. They race to greet me when I come home. They…
November 21, 2016/by Katie, Circulation Desk Clerk

Blizzcon and LA

After about a year of planning and waiting, a group of friends…
November 14, 2016/by Jon, Reference Assistant

Some of My Favorites!

I am sure that everyone realizes by now that reading is one of…
November 7, 2016/by Jen, Reference Associate

Welcome to the “Whedonverse”

"Whedonverse" is the term used to describe the fictional universe…
October 31, 2016/by Michaela, Reference Associate

Control Key Shortcuts

When a customer has trouble printing on one of our computers,…
October 24, 2016/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

Change Can Be Good

I’ve written about one of my favorite hobbies – genealogy…
October 17, 2016/by Kathy, Reference Associate & Home Delivery Coordinator

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The 17th annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival starts today, Monday,…
October 10, 2016/by Isa, Programming Librarian

These Words that Build Me: Invisible Identities

The ancient Greeks didn’t have a word for blue. Does this mean…
October 3, 2016/by Olivia S

Game Guides

Game Guides are a wonderful assistance to anyone playing a game…
September 27, 2016/by Rachelle, Reference Assistant

Banned Books are a Drag

When most folks think of the library, they think books. But the…
September 19, 2016/by Isa, Programming Librarian

Language Learning@Your Library

Are you traveling to a different country where the native language…
September 12, 2016/by Michaela, Reference Associate
Preserves shelf

Too Much of a Good Thing

I will never forget the moment I first laid eyes on our new veggie…
August 31, 2016/by Susan, Library Associate

Oh boy! Or, girl?

I am a pretty traditional gal, with what I consider traditional…
August 29, 2016/by Isa, Programming Librarian

The Rise of eSports

eSports, or competitive gaming, is a booming industry that is…
August 22, 2016/by Jon, Reference Assistant

House Research

Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you? …
August 15, 2016/by Jenny, Circulation Desk Clerk
El Galeon Andalucía

Tall Ships and Rubber Ducks

The Tall Ships Duluth 2016 event, to be held in just a week from August…
August 8, 2016/by Peter, Reference Associate

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

The library is now offering Wi-Fi hotspots for two week checkouts…
August 1, 2016/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

Amish Romance

Amish Romance is a new genre for me and one I haven’t been…
July 25, 2016/by Jen, Reference Associate


For years I’ve had about a 30 minute drive to and from my job…
July 18, 2016/by Kathy, Reference Associate & Home Delivery Coordinator
Sleuthing Up Some Fun

Sleuthing Up Some Fun

One of my greatest passions in life has always been reading.…
July 11, 2016/by Rachelle, Reference Assistant

Tech Trek

As we march into the 21st century, more and more services and…
July 4, 2016/by Melissa, Reference Associate
LGBT Month

Everyone Belongs Here

June is Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Book Month, a…
June 27, 2016/by Pamela, Library Director
Read the Book…See the Film

Read the Book…See the Film

Growing up I always loved watching movies, but was also a fanatic…
June 22, 2016/by Michaela, Reference Associate
A New Purpose

A New Purpose

I love the transition from spring to summer: bringing the porch…
June 13, 2016/by Susan, Library Associate

Genre Alert: Chick Lit

Summer is finally upon us and there is nothing more satisfying…
June 6, 2016/by Jen, Reference Associate
Video Games

Game On!

Ever since I was a young boy, I have enveloped myself in all…
May 30, 2016/by Jon, Reference Assistant
Lynsey Addario

Book Review: It’s What I Do

It's a calling. It's something that sort of takes over who I…
May 23, 2016/by Peter, Reference Associate
Cat Caught Reading

Get Caught Reading

I was pursuing Chase's Calendar of Events looking for inspiration…
May 16, 2016/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

Roll up Your Sleeves

I can't thank my dad enough for the time he spent teaching my…
May 9, 2016/by Isa, Programming Librarian
Eau Claire Marathon Finish

Eau Claire Marathon

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

May 2, 2016/by Kathy, Reference Associate & Home Delivery Coordinator

Farewell Blog

After working at the public library for 38 years, I’m retiring…
April 25, 2016/by Larry, Library Associate

Reading Behind the Wheel

When I moved to from Eau Claire to Chippewa Falls nearly two…
April 18, 2016/by Melissa, Reference Associate

Enjoy Free 24/7 Access to Reading

If you had asked me 2 years ago if I would ever own an e-reader,…
April 11, 2016/by Michaela, Reference Associate
Big Bay State Park

47 State Parks in 6 Months

My wife and I had completed our quest to visit every Major League…
April 4, 2016/by Paul, Holds and Resource Sharing Page
Serviceman Reading

When Books Went to War

As anyone who loves to read can tell you, books have the ability…
March 28, 2016/by Susan, Library Associate
Eau Claire Marathon

Running Playlist

As you may already know, I have been training for the Eau Claire…
March 21, 2016/by Jen, Reference Associate


I grew up in a house where public radio always seemed to be on.…
March 14, 2016/by Peter, Reference Associate

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

I have loved dogs all my life. I used to walk around my neighborhood…
March 7, 2016/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild

I have long enjoyed the vibrant literature scene here in the…
March 2, 2016/by Isa, Programming Librarian
Book Clubs

Book Clubs

Book clubs have been around for quite some time, but surged in…
February 22, 2016/by Kathy, Reference Associate & Home Delivery Coordinator

Travel Wise

It’s never too soon to start planning your next great travel…
February 15, 2016/by Larry, Library Associate
Library User Hearts

Love for Public Libraries

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I like to think…
February 8, 2016/by Melissa, Reference Associate

Skill Builders Wanted!

Like most people, as the New Year approached, I started thinking…
February 1, 2016/by Michaela, Reference Associate
Rythm Ride

“You ready, child? Let’s go!”

I recently spent a leisurely morning off reading a book that…
January 25, 2016/by Ashley, Teen Services Coordinator

Winter Reading Program

It has been suggested by those closest to me that I may have…
January 18, 2016/by Susan, Library Associate

Keep Moving, Body and Soul

Lately I have been hearing more and more people say that they…
January 11, 2016/by Jen, Reference Associate

Best of 2015

As 2015 drew to a close, our inboxes and social media feeds…
January 4, 2016/by Peter, Reference Associate
Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I know it is not quite here, but it is close. I am looking forward…
December 28, 2015/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

Open Mics

Eau Claire is a pretty amazing place to live if you are a writer,…
December 21, 2015/by Isa, Programming Librarian
Children's Choir


If you are a music lover and enjoy singing or simply listening…
December 14, 2015/by Kathy, Reference Associate & Home Delivery Coordinator

Lost and Found: Wedding Photos

Recently I received a message on my home answering machine from…
December 7, 2015/by Larry, Library Associate
'Tis the Season...

’Tis the Season…

Now that I am merely weeks away from winter break at school,…
November 30, 2015/by Melissa, Reference Associate

Bad Boys and Their Toys

As I’ve delved deeper into the world of New Adult Fiction,…
November 23, 2015/by Michaela, Reference Associate
DVD Collection

From Film to Video to Disc

I have had a great love for movies that was nurtured from years…
November 16, 2015/by John Stoneberg

Getting Started

I’d like you to meet my cat Ollie and his new friend Dick,…
November 9, 2015/by Susan, Library Associate

Eat, Run, Live

After years of battling my weight and diet, a few years ago…
November 2, 2015/by Jen, Reference Associate
Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop’s History

The first thing that caught my eye about Ed Piskor’s graphic…
October 26, 2015/by Peter, Reference Associate

October Happenings

When I was reminded that it was my turn to do a blog, I had no…
October 19, 2015/by Renee, Reference Services Manager
A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

Earlier this year, my husband and I bought a house.  But it…
October 12, 2015/by Isa, Programming Librarian
home delivery

Library Home Delivery Service

The library’s Home Delivery program has existed in some form…
October 5, 2015/by Kathy, Reference Associate & Home Delivery Coordinator

On The Rise

Bread has been an important part of the human diet for many thousands…
September 28, 2015/by Larry, Library Associate

Falling into Fall

Here in Wisconsin, we’re lucky enough to experience all four…
September 21, 2015/by Melissa, Reference Associate
banned books week

Banned! Don’t Read This!!

Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face…
September 14, 2015/by Michaela, Reference Associate

The Unromantic Romance Writer

A decade ago, I did not like romance novels, unless you count…
September 7, 2015/by Susan, Library Associate
holding flowers in hand

Genre Alert: Women’s Fiction

For as long as I can remember I have been a romance novel lover. …
August 31, 2015/by Jen, Reference Associate

By Land, By Water, By Air

I’ve been thinking about bookmobiles lately. It all began when…
August 24, 2015/by Peter, Reference Associate

The Dog Days of Summer

I have often wondered where the phrase "The dog days of summer"…
August 17, 2015/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

Get the Party Started!

Get the Party Started!

In addition to planning library programs,…
August 10, 2015/by Isa, Programming Librarian

Putting Pen to Paper

Writing is not a talent all of us are fortunate to have. Whether writing…
August 3, 2015/by Kathy, Reference Associate & Home Delivery Coordinator

If it’s Nordic, it must be noir

Nordic (or Scandinavian) Noir didn’t begin with Stieg Larsson’s…
July 27, 2015/by Larry, Library Associate

Calendar Girl

If the above picture looks familiar, you may recall having seen…
July 20, 2015/by Melissa, Reference Associate
Car Repair

Car Repair Savvy

If you have ever been a car owner you know how easy it is to…
July 13, 2015/by Michaela, Reference Associate

A Happy Camper

There are almost as many ways to camp as there are campers. Whether…
July 6, 2015/by Susan, Library Associate
Beach Reads

Beach Reads

Summer is in full swing!  I admit I love summer, it’s my favorite…
June 29, 2015/by Jen, Reference Associate
Sonic Youth

Enhanced Reading

We all have a favorite chair, a preferred beverage to sip upon,…
June 22, 2015/by Peter, Reference Associate

Who Knew?

The other day our Library Director sent an email to us about…
June 15, 2015/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

Get Your Art On!

According to the calendar, summer starts June 21. I’ve…
June 8, 2015/by Isa, Programming Librarian

Collecting People

I like people, old and young, short and tall, whomever. “My”…
June 1, 2015/by Kathy, Reference Associate & Home Delivery Coordinator

Get On Your Bike, Mate!

May is just about my favorite month of the year. The cold of…
May 25, 2015/by Larry, Library Associate

Finding Your Next Great Read

As a student, I often look forward to the end of any semester-…
May 18, 2015/by Melissa, Reference Associate
New Adult Fiction

Crossover Into New Adult Fiction!

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading,…
May 11, 2015/by Michaela, Reference Associate

The Incredible Edible Luffa

Every February I try to satisfy my longing for spring by browsing…
May 4, 2015/by Susan, Library Associate

Planning your Perfect Summer Vacation

One of the highlights in my family’s year is our summer vacation.…
April 27, 2015/by Jen, Reference Associate

Free Movies!

Our library's collection of DVD's is hugely popular with our…
April 20, 2015/by Peter, Reference Associate

Will it Waffle?

We're always helping people looking for information on canning…
April 13, 2015/by Renee, Reference Services Manager

Welcome to Curiosity Exchange!

Welcome to our new Reference Services blog Curiosity Exchange! …
April 6, 2015/by Reference
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