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Library Home Delivery Service

The library’s Home Delivery program has existed in some form or another since the 1970’s when a group of business women delivered books to shut-ins. Over the years, the library world has expanded with the popularity of the Internet and other devices available as alternate ways of reading.  Libraries have changed with these times.  We […]

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On The Rise

Bread has been an important part of the human diet for many thousands of years, so it is curious to me that at the same time gluten-free has become a life-style choice for some, artisan breads are also on the rise.   I have tasted many artisan breads from bakeries I’ve run across, all the while […]

Falling into Fall

Here in Wisconsin, we’re lucky enough to experience all four seasons. If you’re like me, you’ll find that autumn in Wisconsin tends to be especially delightful. With pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and colorful leaves, there is much to do and see during this final season before the cold and snow strikes again. One site that […]

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Banned! Don’t Read This!!

Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it. ― Judy Blume, Tiger Eyes September marks one of my favorite times of the […]

The Unromantic Romance Writer

A decade ago, I did not like romance novels, unless you count Jane Austen as a romance writer, which I didn’t. Then one day some friends childishly double-dog dared me to read The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer, and bet that I couldn’t resist her. I lost the bet, but I won countless hours of […]

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Genre Alert: Women’s Fiction

For as long as I can remember I have been a romance novel lover.  I used to sneak them out of my mom’s stash in the basement and stay up late reading them under the covers with a flashlight.  Over the years I have also read other genres, mystery books for example, but romance has […]

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By Land, By Water, By Air

I’ve been thinking about bookmobiles lately. It all began when it was recommended that I read Audrey Niffenegger’s graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile. Inspired by an H.G. Wells short story, it spins a surreal tale about a woman  walking the streets of Chicago late at night stumbling upon a bookmobile that contains every book she’s ever read. Not […]

The Dog Days of Summer

I have often wondered where the phrase “The dog days of summer” came from, so I decided to look it up. Like most casual internet surfers, I took a look at Wikipedia. I thought their take on my quest was interesting, Wikipedia states: Paul Harris and Tom Jorgensen of The Old Farmer’s Almanac write “The phrase Dog Days […]

Get the Party Started!

Get the Party Started! In addition to planning library programs, I love to help my friends and family plan their special events – whether it’s a big wedding or small backyard barbeque.  While some folks are overwhelmed by the seemingly endless decisions to be made, I enjoy taming the chaos.  There is something so satisfying […]

Putting Pen to Paper

Writing is not a talent all of us are fortunate to have. Whether writing fact or fiction, I envy those who can sit down and let the words flow. It was once my belief that if you really have “the gift” writing would just be easy. “Not so“, says my friend, local author Jim Alf. I’ve […]