Sweater Weather in the Chippewa Valley

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It's that time of the year again... The time of cozy drinks,…

Reflections on Generosity During Times of Crisis

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This last Saturday marks 20 years since the events of September…

Book Links: Linking You to Your Next Great Read

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Without a doubt, one of the best parts of my job is linking customers…

Welcome, New Neighbors

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It comes as no surprise that over the last 20 years the United…

The Summer the Librarians Went Outside

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A fictional story based on true events By Stephanie   It…
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Celluloid Tear Releasers

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People who know me well know that beneath my thin veneer of cynicism…
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Outdoor Music is Back

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In so many ways, 2020 was a bust, right?  Certainly, the larger…

Tasting the Unknown

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While we are certainly not out of the clear of this pandemic,…

Let’s Get Ready to Roleplay!!!

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So, what is roleplaying all about? We have all found ourselves…

The Dog Days of Summer

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My mother always told me the older you get the faster summer…

Get Outside and Don’t Miss the Fireflies

I know it’s summer because I keep finding myself outside beneath…
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Graphic Novels in Libraries Month

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This July marks Booklist's third annual "Graphic Novels in Libraries…

Getting the Most Out of Your Summer

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A fun fact about the month of June: it has the longest days out…
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Be the change you wish to see in the world

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It’s time for a check in. It is a wonderful time for us to…

Cataloging Identity

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People don’t fall into neat little categories, but as we try…

Summer Readin’ [set to Summer Nights]

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Click the Play Button Above and Sing Along! [Verse 1] Summer…

Untouched by COVID-19

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I really do feel a bit guilty. The past several months have been…

Podcast Palooza

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There isn’t much to say here. I have been researching podcasting…
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April is Autism Acceptance Month!

April is Autism Acceptance Month! Did you know that in 1970,…

National Library Week, April 4 – 10

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This week is National Library Week. It is a time to celebrate…

You Might Actually Enjoy Poetry. Who knew?

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Like many people in our country and around the world, I watched…

GRANDPARENTS!

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For almost a decade my wife and I have watched my nieces and…

Love to Read? NoveList Plus Is for You!

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Do you love to read? Have you read everything by your favorite…
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Be Active Wisconsin

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With fake spring upon, there’s no better time than to get out…
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A Tale of Snowplows and Theoretical Flamethrowers

This winter many have you feeling a little cheated. The relatively…
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Black History Reads

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While February and Black History Month comes to end this week,…
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February Factoids

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Thirty days have November, April, June, and September. Of…

The Reader’s Survival Guide

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Are you an avid reader at a loss for what to read next? Do you…
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What Would Mr. Rogers Say?

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I strive to empower my children to be good people, do right in…

Hindsight is 2020

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Lessons from an Eye-Opening Year As I write, there are only…
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Favorite Christmas Movies

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I admit it! I love movies! My wife and I miss going to an actual…

A Freegal Holiday

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With Thanksgiving behind us, Hanukkah drawing to a close, and…
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Holiday Nostalgia

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With the turning of the calendar over to December, a trip to…

Developing a Winter Resilience Plan

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With the weather growing colder we can no longer deny that winter…

Give a Kid a Book

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Today I was thankful for the book my son received from his school…

International Games Week, Month, Thing 2020

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Wondering if we’re doing anything for IGW this year? Bummed…
I Voted Roll of Stickers

VOTING

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All I am going to say about the upcoming election is to please…

Ode to an October Classic: The Pumpkin Smasher

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Long, long ago, back in the October days of my youth, visits…

Latinx at the Library

During this month and throughout the year, library staff are…

Celebrating National Friends of the Library Week

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I’ve heard it said that true friendships last forever and I…
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Book Festivals, 2020 Style

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Two years ago, my sister invited me to go to the Twin Cities…

Books Worth Re-Reading

Have you found yourself in a reading slump? If yes, you are not…
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Ref, White, and Blue

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That’s right, your Eau Claire library card can now give you…

Check Out Our Anti-Racist Resource Page

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The concept of “anti-racism” has rested near the center of…
Quote: "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."~Audre Lorde

Self-Care as Radical Action

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I see you. You are tired. You do not see an end to the exhaustion.…
Friday, the Australian Shepherd Puppy

Puppy Love

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It has been twenty-three weeks (yes, I am counting) since the…

Time Warp

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Time is weird. Let’s just acknowledge that. We experience…
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YES, WE ARE OPEN!

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As with so many places around the country, and the world, the…

To Socialize, Or Not To Socialize

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It shouldn’t have to be a question! Though we refer to the…

Getting Things Done

My summers are usually filled with lots of fun events. Normally,…

Dare to Experiment

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As the pandemic has kept me mostly confined to my workplaces…
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Nurturing Wellness

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It is time for wellness check in. Today we are choosing to look…
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Season of the Witch

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It has been sixteen weeks since my daughter was last in school…

When Next We Meet

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Since mid-March, the library team has worked diligently to ensure…

Adult Summer Reading is a GO!

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Change and uncertainty have become the new norm, but there are…
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Peaceful Protests

In light of the recent local protests that turned worldwide,…

Nonprofit Resources

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Nonprofits benefit their communities by responding to the needs…

Adaptation, Inspiration, and Butterflies!

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Let me start by saying if you have been scared, anxious, or worried…

Virtual Vacation

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Summer is getting closer and COVID-19 projections and precautions…

Hostas: How to Divide and Conquer

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Hostas are the perfect plant to grow in any garden. Why are they…
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Cooking in Quarantine

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If you’re like me, this quarantine has made things a little…

Seek to Understand

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People have been grasping at ways to understand what is happening…

Virtual Library or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Digital

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As our doors remain closed, staff at the L.E. Phillips Memorial…
Panoramic view of library's Dabble Box makerspace.

Play, Make, and Share – Safer at Home Edition

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The mission of the Dabble Box Makerspace at the L.E. Phillips…

2020 United States Census

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The first census was taken in 1790, mandated by Article…

Sheltering in Studio

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Recording studios, like many things in the modern age (payphones…
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Registering to Vote

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Have you registered to vote? Doing so is relatively easy using…

Keep Calm & Access Information

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What Do We Know About COVID-19? We do not know when the novel…
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Eisner Week 2020

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Will Eisner. A name many may see and think, “I know I’ve…
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Binging with Books

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binge-read [binj-rēd] verb The act of reading large amounts…

Battling Racism with Books

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February is well known as Black History Month, but by no means…
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Ukulele for Beginners

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Music brings people together. Playing musical instruments, on…

February Goals

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Okay, everyone. Don’t panic. February is here again. Last…

About REAL ID

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​If you plan to fly within the U.S., visit​ a military base…
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More Sweet Local Music!

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Back in the spring of 2019, the library launched Sawdust City…

Local Produce

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With New Year comes new resolutions, and a popular one for many…

New Year’s Resolution Goals!

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If you're like me, you are not all too fond of the traditional…

Diversify Your Reading

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The library will once again be offering customers a chance to…
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Winter Blues

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For many, the winter season can bring cheer, family connections,…

Dabbler in Residence, Prepare to Launch!

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Are you a skilled creative person, enjoy working with all ages,…

Baking News!

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The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is jumping on the…
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What to Read Next?

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Have you ever been stuck, not knowing what you feel like reading…

Passports

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As temperatures dip and the sky darkens, some rejoice in the snow…

Winter is Coming

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We all dread it, but since we choose to live in Wisconsin, we…

International Games Week 2019

International Games Week 2019 is almost here! We are excited…

Friends of the Library

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This week is National Friends of the Library Week, so I asked…

twenty events. seven days. one festival

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Gather your friends and family for the 20th annual Chippewa…

Building a Health Literate Community

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October is National Health Literacy Month. Health Literacy is…

Banned Books Week!

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Banned Books Week is an annual internationally celebrated event…

Introductions and the Unexpected

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To some, I may be a new face at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public…

The Grandest Characters

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“What children need most are the essentials that grandparents…
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GARDEN PARTY

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Each year the garden at our home seems to get bigger and bigger. …

Don’t Miss These Summer Reads

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As summer slowly fades into fall I wanted to take this opportunity…

Library Extension

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Do you use Chrome or Firefox to browse the Internet for books…
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Getting Artsy!

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The Pastel Dog by Kat Prevanas Do you have a wall that’s…

Making Contact

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While you might not be able to communicate with space aliens, did…
Community Building: A Library Open House Event2019

Community Building Event

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Change can be exciting, scary, interesting, uncomfortable, and…
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I Became a Librarian by Accident

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The day before my son’s third birthday, we were in a car accident…

Who Loves Miscellaneous Information?

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Who loves miscellaneous information? Brad loves miscellaneous…
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Changes

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CH-CH-Changes! Nope, not the David Bowie song. Or the Charles…

A Midsummer Night’s Musings

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Midsummer’s Eve, alas, has come and gone; embark upon the…

The Something Star

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The modern catalog matches terms you type exactly. Imagine you’re…
2019 CSLP

Take Me to Your Reader

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This month marked the launch of the Adult Summer Reading Program,…
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Words as Friends and Enemies

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Beautiful eyesare rollingover theseshort lines When I first…
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Time to Catch that Festival Fever

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It’s about to be that time of year again where you get together…
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Mango Languages

One of Information & Reference staff's favorite things to…

Mental Health Awareness Month

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May is Mental Health Awareness month, an opportunity to discuss openly…

It’s Gonna Be May!

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Okay, it already is May. I was neither lucky enough nor had…

Who is Jethro Tull?

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Ever wondered where rock groups got their names? Ever heard…

Happy Earth Day, Everyone!

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In the weeks leading up to Earth Day, I’ve been watching a lot…
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Finding Needles

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Locating items on popular subjects can be difficult—veritable…

Let’s talk about early literacy, specifically Books for Babies!

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According to United for Libraries, a division of the American…
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ArtsWest 40

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On Thursday, April 11, local artists and art enthusiasts…

Crush the 2019 Diversity Challenge

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The start of the year saw the launch of the Diversity Challenge.…

March Sports Madness!

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March brings the beginning of spring and all its nice weather…
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“Let’s Get Crafty”

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Did you know that the month of March proffers such fun-filled…

Successful Learning

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve…

Worth Reading from the Beginning

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I'm not sure what it is about series, but it seems like every…

Dealing With Dementia

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One year ago, my father-in-law, age 84, was living on his own,…

Parlement of Foules

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For this was on Seynt Valentynes day,Whan every foul cometh…

Guess What I Just Found Out!

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Are you a person that loves sharing news? Random knowledge that…
Ubiquitous & Marvelous Media

Media America Pageant

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I commute 45 minutes to work and 45 minutes back home in good…
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What’s In A Name?

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That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.…
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Growing Up

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Whether or not you garden, it's a great time to start thinking…
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Resolve to Read in 2019

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Are you in a reading rut, or looking to broaden your book horizons?…
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LIBRARY-TO-GO

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As you go about your life, taking care of business, maybe driving…
Hand drawn lettering greeting card with calligraphy for 2018 Happy New Year

2018: A Media Year in Review

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As 2018 comes to close, I decided to unoriginally review the…
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You Can Stay at Our House, John Wick

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Seriously, you can stay at our house, John Wick. And that has…
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for Movies)

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During this time of the year I enjoy watching Christmas movies.…

Happy Birthday Melvil Dewey, Father Of The Dewey Decimal System

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I admit that I am dating myself, because when I was in school,…
Lake in winter

A Hibernating Hobbyist

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It’s late November. Winter is settling in for the long haul,…
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Give a Kid a Book

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I have always enjoyed the feeling of opening a brand new book.…
Arrival to D.C.

A Sense of Place: Home Is Where the Hurt Is

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One of the many things I love about books is the way they can…

International Games Week is Here!

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We are excited to announce that L.E. Phillips Memorial Public…

Suggesting E-items

If you routinely make suggestions for purchase, you may have…
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National Friends of the Library Week

October 21-27 is National Friends of the Library Week which makes…
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Grant Proposal Writing

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Are you new to proposal writing? Or are you looking for a quick…
Fall Is the Season for Reading

Fall Is the Season for Reading

In the fall an avid reader's fancy lightly turns to thoughts…
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Switch it Up

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If you didn’t already know, the library has a large selection…
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New to Badgerlink

Attention all Badgerlink users: there are seven new upgraded…
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Let’s Binge Watch

As a child, I was definitely a Television addict, and I more…
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I Used to See the Light

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Until recently, buying light bulbs for your home was simple.…

Happy Birthday, Harry!

I admit it, I wasn’t a huge fan of Harry Potter when the series…
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Writing Right

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Having recently completed a wonderful writing retreat offered…
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Me and Anthony Bourdain (June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018)

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So, we got up early that Friday (June 8th, 2018) to go to Breakfast…
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Careful Consumers

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Consumer Reports is one of our most popular reference magazines,…
Owl in a tree

Wildlife, or Simply Life, in Southern Eau Claire County

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I live in the country, a ways off the road, in the woods. We…

Bring the Festival Home!

In my last blog post, I talked about all the amazing things you…
Open book with fairylights

Reading with the Stars

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If someone loved a book enough that they felt the need to share…

An (Amateur) Lepidopterist’s Journal

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For the past sixteen days, I have been raising caterpillars in…

The Art of the Interview

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I was thinking the other day about interviewing as we just recently…
Fireworks with "2018"

4th of July-America’s Freedom

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As host families for UWEC, my wife and I got to know two young…

Warning: Graphic Content

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Graphic novels and their predecessors, comic books, have…

Wellness Calling

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When you hear the word wellness, what comes to mind? Meditation?…

Kindred Spirits and Bosom Friends

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Kindred Spirits and Bosom Friends I must have read Anne of…
Be a Reading Rock Star!

ADULTS ONLY Summer Reading

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Just to be clear, the descriptor "adults only," while technically…

Music Makes The Library Go ‘Round

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I have been a working (I say working instead of professional…
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Experience Eau Claire This Summer!

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As we quickly approach summer, I thought it’d be a great idea…
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Looking for Languages?

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Did you know that you can search for books, DVDs, music, and…

Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018

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The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908,…

Be a Sleuth

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Mystery holds third place as one of the most popular genres of…

Earth Day 2018

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Earth Day! If you’re reading this, then it has already passed…

Writers

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Photo caption: Former Eau Claire Poet Laureate, Bruce Taylor,…

An April Villanelle

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April ‘tis the National Month of Poetry To celebrate sonnets…
Introverts' Club

Introverts’ Book Club

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My name is Susan, and I am an introvert. This has some…
purple spring flowers

Spring Has Sprung: Michaela’s Book Picks

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Most of us probably think of winter as a good time to sit inside…

Postcards: Collectible Time Capsules

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Imagine waving to a friend as she leaves on vacation, then not…

O (Coen) Brother(s), Where Art Thou?

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If I ever want to make my night a little quirky and fun, I know…

Kid Tested, Librarian-Mama Approved

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As my daughter Cate approaches her very first birthday, I’ve…

Winter Blues

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I think the winter blues get all of us this time of year. I often…
Couple Dancing

Plan to be a Good Old Man. Or Woman.

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OK, I admit it. I am somewhat plagiarizing this blog, as an article…

Let the Games Begin!

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This month, our family is watching the Olympic Winter Games in…

Where’s My Media?

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After hearing about that hot new (or old) book, music CD, audiobook,…

Tabletop Gaming Tips and Treats

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We’ve all played some kind of tabletop game in our lives. Whether…

99 Staff Picks

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The start of a new year is a great opportunity to take a moment…

There’s Nothing Like a Classic

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There’s nothing like a classic be it a book, a movie or a record.…

Dare to Declutter!

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It’s a new year and people everywhere are resolving to organize…

Spring Thoughts in Snow

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As the snow falls and the wind stings, I’ve been thinking about…

The Best Pan in the Pantry

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As I talked about in my last blog post, I’ve been on a Keto…

Tradition!

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

Sculptures

The library is home to five significant sculptures that reflect a long-established commitment to the area’s cultural life.

Ugh To The Critics…Ugh, I Say!

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I frequently find myself discussing the latest and greatest…

Let the Eating Begin!

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

On the (Job) Hunt

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

Author Alert!

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

DIY My Way

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

‘Tis the Season. Almost.

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

The Trip of a Lifetime

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

Elf, Elf Baby

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Do you ever find yourself wondering: What library items…

Goodbye Pizza, Bread, and Candy

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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!

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

Harry, Hogwarts, and Hippogriffs…oh, my!

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

Mycophagists Rejoice!

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

It’s Fall Hat Month

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

What Should I Read Next?

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Have you ever finished reading something and thought "I wish…
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Check Out Some “Thing” New

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

The Dreaded Book Slump

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Have you ever had one of those months when absolutely nothing…
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Binge Watch This!

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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

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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

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

Be in the Know

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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

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

Smoky, Tender Deliciousness

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

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

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

Young Adult Readers

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

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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

I’m No Michelangelo, But I Can Pretend!

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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!

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

Local Authors Are the Best

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

Gardening Season is almost here!

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

Libraries Transform

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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

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

Instantly Access Popular Media

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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

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

There’s No Place Like Home

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

Memoir of a Fantasy Snob

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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

Let’s Print Something, But Leave The Paper!

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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!

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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

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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

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

Change Can Be Good

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

Chippewa Valley Book Festival

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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

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

Language Learning@Your Library

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

Too Much of a Good Thing

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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

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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

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

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

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

Amish Romance

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

Commuting

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

Sleuthing Up Some Fun

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

Tech Trek

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

Everyone Belongs Here

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

Read the Book…See the Film

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

A New Purpose

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

Genre Alert: Chick Lit

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

Games Available in the MORE Catalog

Mass Effect https://www.more.lib.wi.us/record=b2140879~S43 (PS3) https://www.more.lib.wi.us/record=b2145619~S43…
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

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

Get Caught Reading

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

Roll up Your Sleeves

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

Eau Claire Marathon

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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

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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

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

When Books Went to War

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

Running Playlist

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

My New Audio Paint: Podcasts

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

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

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

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild

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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

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

Love for Public Libraries

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

Skill Builders Wanted!

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

“You ready, child? Let’s go!”

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

Winter Reading Program

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

Keep Moving, Body and Soul

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

Best of 2015

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

Happy New Year!

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

Open Mics

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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

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

Lost and Found: Wedding Photos

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

’Tis the Season…

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

Bad Boys and Their Toys

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

From Film to Video to Disc

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

Getting Started

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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…
Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop’s History

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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

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

Library Home Delivery Service

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

On The Rise

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

Falling into Fall

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

Banned! Don’t Read This!!

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

The Unromantic Romance Writer

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

Genre Alert: Women’s Fiction

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