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Staff Picks: Winter Beach Reads

December is here, which means we’re heading into one of the busiest seasons of the year. It can be lots of fun, but it can also be lots of stress. Snow shovels to dig out from behind rakes and lawnmowers. Extra-long chore lists to check off. Family obligations to fulfill. Events to plan and appointments […]

Jólabókaflóðið: A Bookish Holiday Tradition

Tradition (noun): an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom) – Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, 11th edition No matter where you are in the world, December is a time of tradition. Traditions are an essential part of human culture. They connect us to one another and […]

Whatever “Hyoo-Guh” Make It: Easing into the World of Hygge

As colder days creep in, and snow begins to cover everything in sight, I prefer to embrace the season by chasing my dog around the yard barefoot and limiting my outerwear layers until temperatures become utterly unbearable. Acclimation is everything. For those of you who prefer a less painful approach, the people of Denmark have […]

3 Ways to Give Back During the Holiday Season

Each year I try to figure out a way to give back during the holiday season.  I often find myself being thankful for all that I have, and then realize there are a great number of individuals who are not as fortunate as I am. Giving back during the holiday season can be easy, there […]

November is Native American Heritage Month!

At the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, you’ll find book displays, book lists, resources that highlight Native American and Alaska Native authors, and materials about historical events in Native American history. You can educate yourself on tribal traditions and review digital resources that celebrate and educate the general public on Wisconsin’s 11 federally recognized tribal […]

International Games Celebration!!!

It’s that time of year again! Except, this year it’s even better! “Why?” you might ask. Well, because International Games Week is now International Games Month! We have an entire month to celebrate. And that means that we don’t have to cram all of the activities in a few days anymore.  Here is a rundown […]

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The Hardy Boys vs. Nancy Drew

When I first started reading on my own as a child, my favorite author was Franklin W. Dixon. I loved the Hardy Boys mysteries, and I remember asking my mom while stopped on a dark night while she was filling the car with gas if she would wait a couple minutes. There were no book reading […]

I Put a Spell on You: What to Read This Season

Autumn is here! Like many others, this is my favorite season. If you asked me why, I don’t think I could answer with any specific reason. Instead, I’d answer with some of my favorite memories: the huge piles of fallen leaves that my brother, sisters, and I would jump into; early morning cups of tea […]

Get to Know BadgerLink

The library provides access to a lot of useful online resources you might not be aware of – there are so many that even library staff sometimes forget! Don’t believe me? Just check out our website’s Explore page. Today, though, I’m going to highlight one particular collection of resources: BadgerLink. BadgerLink is an online resource […]

Our Library: Then & Now

This library is 162 years young, but it has seen a lot. A lot of people, a lot of media, and a lot of humanity. Who says libraries are boring? If you’re like me, you grew up in this building. As a child, I played hide-and-go-seek on all floors (don’t do that). My teen self sheepishly checked […]