Staff Blog

A Commendable Spectacle: The Renaissance Festival

HEAR YE, HEAR YE…IT’S FESTIVAL SEASON! Huzzah! I refer not to the many summer music gatherings (stop being such a normie), but to the nerdy entertainment extravaganza that is a Renaissance festival: a seasonal fair set roughly in the theme of a fantasized renaissance-era Europe. Common to all Renaissance festivals is the great variety of […]

Who Got All This Art in My Book?

If you are reading this, it’s a solid bet that you are reading quite a few other things as well. Similarly, we here at the library are in the business of reading everything we can get our hands on. But we get excited about things other than literature too. With the new location opening soon, […]

Is Eau Claire Time Travel Possible?

Nothing disorders my mind quite like the mutability of time. It feels like an age since our library – the real library – was open. For me, the Real Library is the downtown location as it was before the renovation and pandemic: open to everyone, with copious oak and brick, faux skylights, endless tall shelves, […]

Celebrating 32 Years of the ADA

WHAT IS IT? Thirty-two years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. Passed with bipartisan support, this landmark civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including schools, transportation, in the work force, and all public and private places […]

Group of children walking home at sunset.

Nostalgia for the ’80s – Outside Edition

With season four of Stranger Things taking over the world, I feel this is an appropriate time for us to revisit the ‘80s! Because I am a child of the ‘80s it is my opinion that this was the best decade, partially from the nostalgia that I have attached to it, but more so because […]

The Forgotten Tornado: Exploring the Events of June 13th, 1930

The history of significant tornadoes in west-central Wisconsin is thankfully sparse. Ask someone to name one, and the three most likely answers would be the 1958 Colfax tornado (a particularly strong storm that is in the living memory of quite a few locals), the 1899 New Richmond tornado (which killed 117 and remains the deadliest […]

Summer Reading Lists

Lately, the talk of the library has been the Summer Reading Programs for both children and adults. But this week I want to take on something a little different: summer reading lists. Most bibliophiles are likely to have an ever-constant, ever-growing To Be Read (TBR) list. But for those die-hard bibliophiles, one list may not […]

How to Be Heard

Several difficult, emotionally charged, and polarizing issues are dominating national discourse in recent weeks. As humans, we all have opinions and we all want to be heard. One of the most convenient and tempting ways to share our opinions is, of course, the internet. Shouting into the void may be satisfying in the moment and […]

How to Care for Your Library Materials

One of the greatest ways to get a bunch of librarians talking is to ask them what they have found inside of returned materials. My favorites have been a slice of cheese inside a book, a pancake in a DVD case, and a kitten in a backpack. Do not worry, the kitten is fine! While […]

Photo of a Pride Flag against a beautiful blue sky.

Happy Pride Month!

The first pride festival I attended was in Minneapolis with my family. The year was 2000. I was an inquisitive 17-year-old, moving from infancy to adulthood. There was so much to take in, so much to learn about. I do not recall every detail of that first experience, but what I did take away from […]