Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hang Up On Them

Be sure to put your number on Wisconsin's no call list before midnight tonight, or you'll miss your chance until next quarter. You can do them all: home, cell, office.

Being on the list will keep you from being solicited by telemarketers and, should you be on the list and still be bothered by a telemarketing firm, they are subject to penalties.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Reason to Go Upstairs

In the summer of 2008, Chippewa Falls native Jeff McCabe embarked on an ambitious journey- to photograph all 43 State Parks in Wisconsin. The result was a stunning collection of pictures that will make you question whether all of these places can actually be here in the state.

Throughout the months of September and October a collection of McCabe’s photography, highlighted by his State Parks project, will be available for viewing in the southwest corner of the second floor of the Chippewa Falls Public Library. Postcard versions of some of the photos will also be available; a voluntary donation is asked of those who take one.

On Monday, September 19 from 5-8 pm, McCabe will be available for conversation regarding his work.

Monday, August 29, 2011


AARP Taxaide of Chippewa, Eau Claire and Dunn Counties is in need of volunteers.

Volunteers do not need to be a member of AARP or even retired to participate. Those who volunteer receive free tax training and are reimbursed on a limited basis for program expenses. Those who take part help taxpayers at sites around the three counties.

AARP also needs greeters who answer questions about the program but do not need tax training.

For more information, visit the AARP Website or call 1-715-271-3243 to speak to the district coordinator.

Food For Fines 2011

September is Food for Fines month at the library. This month, the library is allowing patrons who have lost their library cards or who are carrying fines on their accounts to pay some of their debt with non-perishable food items.

Each item brought in will be worth $1.00 and patrons can pay off a maximum of $5.00 worth of fines or their card replacement fee, which is usually $5.00. All food will be donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Chippewa Falls.

The Food for Fines program can’t be used for partial payment of lost or damaged items and may not apply to all MORE libraries. Also, there are some guidelines for what can be donated.

The library will not accept dented or rusted cans, expired or opened items, anything visibly damaged or items that have come from the food pantry.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Mystery Patrons and Literacy Tutors Needed

Mystery Shopper, Anyone?

Have you ever fantasized about being a spy or detective? Are you observant and objective?

If so, the Chippewa Falls Public Library is looking for "Mystery Patrons." This is based on the "Mystery Shoppers" that businesses hire to find out how the staff of a business does when they don't know they are being observed. If you're interested, just email the director at

Literacy Volunteers Tutor Training

The Literacy Volunteers of Chippewa Valley are looking for people who'd like to help others with their literacy skills. Those interested have until September 16th to register and the training sessions in Chippewa Falls will be from 5:45--9pm on the following dates: 9/22, 9/26, 9/29. 10/3 and 10/6. To sign up, call Cheryl with LVCV at 715-834-0429.

From Straw to Tunnel

As of this morning, the Chippewa Falls Public Library is on the CINC Network, which means our network just got a lot faster. We went from 1.5 Mbps to 30 Mbps or so. As I am the most "lay" of all laymen, I will explain it as it was explained to me: we just went from sending the "water" of bandwidth through a straw to sending it through a tunnel.

I've been working with it this morning and really enjoying the difference...I'm quite certain anyone who comes in to use our network will be pleased at home much faster the Internet is.

Come in and check it out!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Share Your Story

The Indianhead Federated Library System is inviting library users all over western Wisconsin to share stories of how the local public library has helped them.

The collected stories will help make clear just how useful and necessary public libraries are and how much people depend on them.

Share Your Story!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


It's been a very busy summer, and it's been a while since there's been a good, meaty blog entry, so here goes:

1. I just found out that there is a MORE renewal hotline which lets patrons renew books by telephone. Just dial 1-866-MYRENEWAL (866-697-3639) and follow the prompts. Patrons will need their library cards and the bar codes of their library books.

2. The Dedicated Readers Society reading list for 2011-2012 is out. The Dedicated Readers Society Book Club meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm.

3. On Thursday, August 25th, from 10:30am--12:30 pm, local author Monica Holtz will be in the library to read, sell and sign copies of her new book, Behind the Zoo, sequel to her popular work Emily at the Zoo. Both works focus on the daily functioning of Irvine Park Zoo, seen through the eyes of a local child. Her reading will begin at 11:15am.

4. The Chippewa Herald just recently ran a well-written article about the first incarnation of the Chippewa Falls Public Library, the old Carnegie Library that stood where Gordy's County Market is now.

5. September is Library Card Sign-up Month. During September the Chippewa Falls Public Library invites those who have never used the library to come and see all of the great things that our library offers.

At the same time we invite library patrons who have lost their library cards to get a new one. The current replacement fee for a new library card is $5.00, but during the month of September we will waive that amount if a non-perishable, non-taxable food item is brought in. All food will be donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Chippewa Falls. See below for acceptable food items.

In addition to the food for card replacement program, we will also be accepting non-perishable food items for payment of fines. Each item brought in will be worth $1.00. Patrons can pay off a maximum of $5.00 worth of fines. This only applies to fines accumulated on Chippewa Falls Public Library items, and can’t be used for partial payment of lost or damaged items.

Both incentive programs can be used once by patrons.

Suggested Items

* baby food
* cereals
* soup
* canned juice
* canned fruit
* canned vegetables
* peanut butter
* crackers
* rice or pasta
* pasta sauce

Unacceptable Items

* items from the food pantry
* dented cans
* rusted cans
* damaged items
* open packages
* expired items
* homemade foods

Monday, August 15, 2011

MORE on the Go

The Indianhead Federated Library System just went live with the new mobile version of the MORE catalog. Look up items, check your account and place MORE holds all from your device!

If you have a smart phone, just open the browser and go to

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Donating Online

I spoke with Ms. Melinda Haun of the Community Foundation of Chippewa County this morning, and she let me know that credit card donations to the foundation's participating funds are now easier than they've ever been.

For example, if you wanted to donate to, say, the Chippewa Falls Public Library Endowment Fund, you'd just click here and follow the prompts. Under "designation," you'd enter "Chippewa Falls Public Library."

And that would be that. I thought the public might want to know.