Tradition!

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No, not the line from Fiddler on the Roof - but close. When…

Ugh To The Critics...Ugh, I Say!

I frequently find myself discussing the latest and greatest…

Let the Eating Begin!

I like to look at the most popular books in each state or most…

On the (Job) Hunt

Are you looking for a new job, a better job, or a second (or…
Reading

Author Alert!

I’m the type of reader who likes to stick to familiar authors.…
Wheel barrow

DIY My Way

I like trying new things. Especially when I don't have to try…
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

'Tis the Season. Almost.

Don't look now, but the holiday season is fast approaching. Falling…

The Trip of a Lifetime

I have recently returned from Morocco where I visited my niece…

Elf, Elf Baby

Do you ever find yourself wondering:What library items…

Goodbye Pizza, Bread, and Candy

I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I’m a bit overweight. I…

Welcome New College Students

Ok, I admit it’s been a while, but I fondly remember my college…

Forget Swords and Sorcery. Bring in Magic and Muskets!

I had an interesting conversation with a coworker recently. One…

Harry, Hogwarts, and Hippogriffs…oh, my!

I only read Harry Potter because I was “supposed” to. As…

Mycophagists Rejoice!

Myco-what??The month of September is National Mushroom Month.How…

It's Fall Hat Month

I have often wished that hats would come back into vogue. I love…

What Should I Read Next?

Have you ever finished reading something and thought "I wish…
Girls playing with Dash the robot

Check Out Some "Thing" New

I will venture a guess that there are very few readers of this…

The Dreaded Book Slump

Have you ever had one of those months when absolutely nothing…
binge watching tv

Binge Watch This!

I’ve never been one to watch a good television show as it initially…

Summer Reading Recommendations

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If you have been reading my blog posts for awhile you know I…
Dabble Day: Tuesday, August 15 2-7 p.m.

Dabble Day

Earlier this year the library unveiled the Dabble Box, a “do-it-yourself”…

A Midsummer Night's Dream - From the Ballpark

Ever wonder why football and soccer are played in a stadium?…

Disc Golf

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Discin’, frolfin’, chuckin’ some plastic. Whatever you…

Engaged on the 4th of July

My earliest memories about the 4th of July consist of a strict…

Be in the Know

There are several things I want to share with you about the library…

Read Books, Win Prizes!

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the…
Amish Field Work

Book Review: Why Cows Need Names

Do you enjoy a personal narrative full of gentle good humor?…
Smoked Brisket

Smoky, Tender Deliciousness

My interest in smoking meats was first sparked by watching maybe…

Playing on a Small Screen Near You (But You Can Read it, Too)

As a reference librarian with a theatre background, I love to…

Young Adult Readers

Do you have a child who is moving from Juvenile Fiction to Young…

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

My husband and I recently welcomed our first baby, Catherine…

I'm No Michelangelo, But I Can Pretend!

Sculpting has always been an area of curiosity for me, but I…
When trouble strikes, head to the library

Thank You Eau Claire Library Customers!

One of my job responsibilities as a reference assistant is to…

Local Authors Are the Best

I have always admired those people who persevere and get their…

Gardening Season is almost here!

Just the other day I received an email that it was time…

Libraries Transform

During my time here at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library,…

Don't Call Me Chicken

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When we moved to the country the first thing we said was, "Let's…

Retro Gaming

If you haven’t guessed from my past blog posts, I’m a huge…

Instantly Access Popular Media

Are you on the go a lot? Wish you could watch some great movies…

Community Wellness and the Library

For years, our librarians have routinely assessed collections…

ArtsWest 38

On Thursday, February 23, local artists and art enthusiasts…

There's No Place Like Home

When my wife and I moved to Eau Claire in 1987, we could have…

Memoir of a Fantasy Snob

One of my most defining moments of self realization in my life…

Dogs Need School Too!

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After several years of our youngest son begging for a dog of…

Not a Reader? Try Listening!

If you had asked me even a year ago how I felt about audiobooks…

Dabble Delights

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I'm so happy that the library's new makerspace is finally…

Beating the Winter Blues

It’s that time of year, when we all want to curl up with a…

Best Games of 2016

As another year passes us by, I look back on all the fun times…

Genre Alert: Historical Fiction

It’s time to admit to my readers my secret (well – not so…

Pins, Pins and More Pins

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One of the things I have enjoyed over the years is collecting…

One Book, One Community

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Back in 2007 the library, along with several local sponsors,…

Get To Know Your Library

Although I have been coming to the library for 30 years, I never…

Let's Print Something, But Leave The Paper!

Ever since I first heard of the concept in the early 2000s from…

My Favorite 2016 Reads

With the close of the year coming fast, I have started thinking…

It Might Be Your Lucky Day!

It has happened to us all. We hear about the release of a new…

Forget the Fishbowl

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I love my pets. They race to greet me when I come home. They…

Blizzcon and LA

After about a year of planning and waiting, a group of friends…

Some of My Favorites!

I am sure that everyone realizes by now that reading is one of…

Welcome to the "Whedonverse"

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"Whedonverse" is the term used to describe the fictional universe…

Control Key Shortcuts

When a customer has trouble printing on one of our computers,…

Change Can Be Good

I’ve written about one of my favorite hobbies – genealogy…

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

The 17th annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival starts today, Monday,…

These Words that Build Me: Invisible Identities

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The ancient Greeks didn’t have a word for blue. Does this mean…

Game Guides

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Game Guides are a wonderful assistance to anyone playing a game…

Banned Books are a Drag

When most folks think of the library, they think books. But the…

Language Learning@Your Library

Are you traveling to a different country where the native language…
Preserves shelf

Too Much of a Good Thing

I will never forget the moment I first laid eyes on our new veggie…

Oh boy! Or, girl?

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I am a pretty traditional gal, with what I consider traditional…
eSports

The Rise of eSports

eSports, or competitive gaming, is a booming industry that is…

House Research

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Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you? …
El Galeon Andalucía

Tall Ships and Rubber Ducks

The Tall Ships Duluth 2016 event, to be held in just a week from August…

Wi-Fi hotspot! Get your Wi-Fi hotspot here!

The library is now offering Wi-Fi hotspots for two week checkouts…

Amish Romance

Amish Romance is a new genre for me and one I haven’t been…

Commuting

For years I’ve had about a 30 minute drive to and from my job…
Sleuthing Up Some Fun

Sleuthing Up Some Fun

One of my greatest passions in life has always been reading.…

Tech Trek

As we march into the 21st century, more and more services and…
LGBT Month

Everyone Belongs Here

June is Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Book Month, a…
Read the Book…See the Film

Read the Book...See the Film

Growing up I always loved watching movies, but was also a fanatic…
A New Purpose

A New Purpose

I love the transition from spring to summer: bringing the porch…

Genre Alert: Chick Lit

Summer is finally upon us and there is nothing more satisfying…
Video Games

Game On!

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Ever since I was a young boy, I have enveloped myself in all…
Lynsey Addario

Book Review: It's What I Do

It's a calling. It's something that sort of takes over who I…
Cat Caught Reading

Get Caught Reading

I was pursuing Chase's Calendar of Events looking for inspiration…

Roll up Your Sleeves

I can't thank my dad enough for the time he spent teaching my…
Eau Claire Marathon Finish

Eau Claire Marathon

I was at the Eau Claire Marathon on Sunday, but I wasn’t running.This…

Farewell Blog

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After working at the public library for 38 years, I’m retiring…
Road

Reading Behind the Wheel

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When I moved to from Eau Claire to Chippewa Falls nearly two…

Enjoy Free 24/7 Access to Reading

If you had asked me 2 years ago if I would ever own an e-reader,…
Big Bay State Park

47 State Parks in 6 Months

My wife and I had completed our quest to visit every Major League…
Serviceman Reading

When Books Went to War

As anyone who loves to read can tell you, books have the ability…
Eau Claire Marathon

Running Playlist

As you may already know, I have been training for the Eau Claire…
Radio

Podcasts

I grew up in a house where public radio always seemed to be on.…
dogs

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

I have loved dogs all my life. I used to walk around my neighborhood…
writing

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild

I have long enjoyed the vibrant literature scene here in the…
Book Clubs

Book Clubs

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Book clubs have been around for quite some time, but surged in…

Travel Wise

It’s never too soon to start planning your next great travel…
Library User Hearts

Love for Public Libraries

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I like to think…

Skill Builders Wanted!

Like most people, as the New Year approached, I started thinking…
Rythm Ride

“You ready, child? Let’s go!”

I recently spent a leisurely morning off reading a book that…

Winter Reading Program

It has been suggested by those closest to me that I may have…
yoga

Keep Moving, Body and Soul

Lately I have been hearing more and more people say that they…
2015

Best of 2015

As 2015 drew to a close, our inboxes and social media feeds…
Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

I know it is not quite here, but it is close. I am looking forward…

Open Mics

Eau Claire is a pretty amazing place to live if you are a writer,…
Children's Choir

Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti-Do

If you are a music lover and enjoy singing or simply listening…

Lost and Found: Wedding Photos

Recently I received a message on my home answering machine from…
'Tis the Season...

’Tis the Season…

Now that I am merely weeks away from winter break at school,…
Biker

Bad Boys and Their Toys

As I’ve delved deeper into the world of New Adult Fiction,…
DVD Collection

From Film to Video to Disc

I have had a great love for movies that was nurtured from years…

Getting Started

I’d like you to meet my cat Ollie and his new friend Dick,…
Diabetes

Eat, Run, Live

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After years of battling my weight and diet, a few years ago…
Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop's History

The first thing that caught my eye about Ed Piskor’s graphic…

October Happenings

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When I was reminded that it was my turn to do a blog, I had no…
A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

Earlier this year, my husband and I bought a house.  But it…
home delivery

Library Home Delivery Service

The library’s Home Delivery program has existed in some form…
bread

On The Rise

Bread has been an important part of the human diet for many thousands…

Falling into Fall

Here in Wisconsin, we’re lucky enough to experience all four…
banned books week

Banned! Don’t Read This!!

Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face…

The Unromantic Romance Writer

A decade ago, I did not like romance novels, unless you count…
holding flowers in hand

Genre Alert: Women’s Fiction

For as long as I can remember I have been a romance novel lover. …
bookmobile

By Land, By Water, By Air

I’ve been thinking about bookmobiles lately. It all began when…

The Dog Days of Summer

I have often wondered where the phrase "The dog days of summer"…

Get the Party Started!

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Get the Party Started!In addition to planning library programs,…

Putting Pen to Paper

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Writing is not a talent all of us are fortunate to have. Whether writing…

If it’s Nordic, it must be noir

Nordic (or Scandinavian) Noir didn’t begin with Stieg Larsson’s…
Lily

Calendar Girl

If the above picture looks familiar, you may recall having seen…
Car Repair

Car Repair Savvy

If you have ever been a car owner you know how easy it is to…
Buckhorn

A Happy Camper

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There are almost as many ways to camp as there are campers. Whether…
Beach Reads

Beach Reads

Summer is in full swing!  I admit I love summer, it’s my favorite…
Sonic Youth

Enhanced Reading

We all have a favorite chair, a preferred beverage to sip upon,…

Who Knew?

The other day our Library Director sent an email to us about…
Charlie

Get Your Art On!

According to the calendar, summer starts June 21. I’ve…

Collecting People

I like people, old and young, short and tall, whomever. “My”…
bicycling

Get On Your Bike, Mate!

May is just about my favorite month of the year. The cold of…

Finding Your Next Great Read

As a student, I often look forward to the end of any semester-…
New Adult Fiction

Crossover Into New Adult Fiction!

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading,…
Luffa

The Incredible Edible Luffa

Every February I try to satisfy my longing for spring by browsing…

Planning your Perfect Summer Vacation

One of the highlights in my family’s year is our summer vacation.…

Free Movies!

Our library's collection of DVD's is hugely popular with our…

Will it Waffle?

We're always helping people looking for information on canning…

Welcome to Curiosity Exchange!

Welcome to our new Reference Services blog Curiosity Exchange! …