Staff Blog

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 […]

If it’s Nordic, it must be noir

Nordic (or Scandinavian) Noir didn’t begin with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and it certainly didn’t end with the author’s death at age 50 in 2004.  This mystery sub-genre is more popular than ever today, thanks to an ever-expanding smorgasbord of crime fiction fare.  On these fictional pages, police detectives are world-weary, […]


Calendar Girl

If the above picture looks familiar, you may recall having seen this furry friend in the library’s 2015 Friends of the Library Pet Calendar from this past January. Lily was photographed for the calendar in August 2014. This event also marked her first trip to the library! This spunky sweetheart of a rabbit happens to […]

Car Repair

Car Repair Savvy

If you have ever been a car owner you know how easy it is to go from a perfectly purring vehicle to a broken down piece of metal. Though vehicles are one of the best modes of transportation they are not always the most reliable. If you are car repair savvy but you need just […]


A Happy Camper

There are almost as many ways to camp as there are campers. Whether we choose to hike, boat, drive or even fly into our campsite, there is one thing I think we all agree on. Camping is a great way to take a break from the everyday. Once you’ve invested in the gear that fits […]

Beach Reads

Beach Reads

Summer is in full swing!  I admit I love summer, it’s my favorite season.  I don’t even mind the heat or the humidity as much as I hate the cold and the snow in winter. Besides our annual summer trip, one of my favorite things to do in the summer is take my boys to […]

Sonic Youth

Enhanced Reading

We all have a favorite chair, a preferred beverage to sip upon, or a perfect pet companion to lie nearby while reading. These are some of the traditional ways we enjoy the practice of reading; some things that make it even more pleasurable. While reading Kim Gordon’s memoir Girl in a Band recently, I noticed […]

Who Knew?

The other day our Library Director sent an email to us about “what happens to your online accounts when you die?”  from a website called Webtrends .  I had never thought about this, but just like any other account these will need to be closed out when you are gone. Having a safe place for […]


Get Your Art On!

According to the calendar, summer starts June 21. I’ve come to define summer as the first Saturday I can do two of my favorite downtown activities: shop at the Phoenix Park farmer’s market and stroll through downtown to view the Eau Claire Sculpture Tour. Although my artistic skills are limited to drawing barely recognizable stick […]

Collecting People

I like people, old and young, short and tall, whomever. “My” people don’t necessarily have to be alive for me to like them.  In fact, some of the most interesting characters I’ve met haven’t even lived in my lifetime. Indexes galore exist to find your ancestors, many online, some not. My motto is “If everything […]