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Book Clubs

Book Clubs

Book clubs have been around for quite some time, but surged in popularity when the Oprah Winfrey show began featuring books and authors.  Oprah’s book club was announced on September 17, 1996, with The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard as their first selection. My book group has been together for at least 15 […]

Travel Wise

It’s never too soon to start planning your next great travel experience.  If you plan on traveling this summer, winter is a wonderful time to check out travel books and trawl through websites looking for a new favorite destination.  I like to travel and I think I come by my travel DNA honestly.  My parents […]

Library User Hearts

Love for Public Libraries

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I like to think of something that I love very much:  public libraries.  Ever since I started frequenting public libraries as a little girl, I have fostered a deep love for them.  I can remember the day I signed up for my very own library card.  I was […]

Skill Builders Wanted!

Like most people, as the New Year approached, I started thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in 2016. I thought about my usual resolutions of eating healthier and exercising more frequently but if you’re anything like me, you know how well that always goes. I finally resolved myself to the fact that this New […]

Rythm Ride

“You ready, child? Let’s go!”

I recently spent a leisurely morning off reading a book that ultimately led to a good hour of YouTubing vintage video and culminated in my own private dance party.  I bet you’re wondering what book could possess such formidable influence as to distract me from such tasks as laundry and sweeping the floor, right?  The […]

Winter Reading Program

It has been suggested by those closest to me that I may have a reading problem. I have to confess that I think it’s true. I read obsessively. I even chain-read sometimes, digging into the preface of a new book a heartbeat after finishing the author bio in the previous book. I know they say […]


Keep Moving, Body and Soul

Lately I have been hearing more and more people say that they aren’t going to make a New Year’s resolution; the reasons vary, but the one I hear most often is that the goals set are too strict or the motivation to follow through with the resolution wears off. I must be strange because I […]


Best of 2015

As 2015 drew to a close, our inboxes and social media feeds were deluged with Best of Lists. As someone who has made a profession out of collecting and summarizing information, I welcome these lists. It offers me a chance to compare and see what others have enjoyed, chosen to highlight, and more often than not leads […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I know it is not quite here, but it is close. I am looking forward to 2016, as this year has not been the best I have ever had. For me 2016 is bright with promise, a new beginning with all sorts of possibilities. Nearly everyone considers New Year’s as a time to reflect on the […]

Open Mics

Eau Claire is a pretty amazing place to live if you are a writer, or if you simply enjoy listening to the spoken word.  Below are just a few opportunities for performing or listening to poetry, short stories, essays, and more: Writers Read is a monthly library presentation, generally held on the second Tuesday of […]