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Love That App for You (10 Great Library Apps)

ICYMI, (in case you missed it), our MORE library system has rolled out an app that allows users to check their library accounts from your device. That’s right! You can now check your borrowing, place items on hold, see if your items are in transit, and browse staff created recommendations from your preferred device. Search over […]

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I Was Never a Runner

Several years ago, I got the idea to run a half marathon with my friend. I don’t consider myself to be a runner, and at that time maybe the most I had ever run was 3 miles, so I really don’t know why I agreed to do it. Nevertheless, I had made the commitment, I […]

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And the Winner is… (My Top Five Book Awards)

Anyone else out there wish that book award ceremonies received as much pomp as the Oscars, Golden Globes (well, not this year), the BAFTAs, or the American Music Awards? Authors hobnobbing with publishers and editors, dressed to the nines, attending Stephen King’s after party in a posh hotel in West Hollywood Park. Celebrated and political […]

Are You Ready to Downsize?

Call it a goal, not a New Year’s resolution, but January is a popular month to get organized.  Do you wish to downsize your living space?  Are you tired of clutter?  Does having too much stuff around you make you a bit anxious, or just make you not feel like yourself?  Is the task so […]

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All the things at the library! (By which I actually mean “my 5 favorite library things to do in January.”)

All the Things [awl thuh things] | phrase of thing | Used to express over-eager or widespread, non-specific desire or action to do or have many, if not all, of a certain thing or action. Similar in use to “for reasons”. [1] It is January and the library has All the Things that are going […]

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Bullet Journaling for the Win!

As I write this, the fuzzy notion of 2021 comes to a close. I thumb through my bullet journal to reflect on all of our accomplishments this year and consider our goals going into the New Year. Some fascinating entries that take place across April and May of 2021 summarize elements of a major operation. […]

Can I Love Harry Potter But Not J.K. Rowling?

Harry Potter has been a constant force in my life. Sorcerer’s Stone was published when I was 2 years old, the movie came out when I was 6 years old, and I read the first five books when I was 8 years old. I have a Harry Potter tattoo and have earned the nickname “Harriet […]

Santa is Odin

You heard me! Santa has been heavily influenced by traditions surrounding Odin, the Norse god of the Norse gods, a.k.a. the Allfather. As I write this, I imagine many readers with a cock-eyed expression indicating a skepticism that the two seemingly different beard-laden individuals could have much in common aside from their facial hair. The […]

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(Re)Introducing Playaways

The Eau Claire library now has adult, teen, and children’s audiobooks in Playaway format. A Playaway is a portable pre-downloaded audiobook. Each little palm-sized device holds one book. They run on AAA batteries and feature a universal audio jack compatible with headphones and auxiliary cords. Playaways are not new or cutting edge technology. They were […]

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Human Rights Day!

On December 10th, 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since then, Human Rights day has been celebrated every year on December 10th Why is this important? This declaration was a milestone document in defining human rights, and it works to empower individuals to their rights and freedoms as […]