Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Colors

Stop by the library and check out the display of fall quilts, left with us courtesy of the The Chippewa County Piecemakers' Quilt Guild. You'll recall the group left some quilts here last spring and the display was well-received.

The quilts hang majestically above the reference collection, housed in what was once the "lounge."


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kindle & Overdrive

We have such great timing, we should be sponsored by Timex.

Finally, after months of telling people that Overdrive will work with Kindles "some time by the end of the year," the wait is over, to a surprisingly small amount of fanfare.

And we timed this perfectly. Our Kindles just became available last week and now, this week, Overdrive and Amazon make the announcement.

So, if you or someone you know has an Amazon Kindle and they want to read books they don't have to pay for (directly), then tell them about Overdrive...or email them this blog entry.

Here's the Overdrive link for people who live in the MORE service area:

Unclaimed Property Outreach Event

Representatives from the Wisconsin State Treasurer's Office will be here at the Chippewa Falls Public Library on October 21st from 4:30--5:30 pm to help attendees navigate the state's unclaimed property database.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chippewa Valley Book Festival 2011

On Tuesday, October 18th starting at 6:30 pm, the Chippewa Falls Public Library will be hosting author Cathy Sultan, who will be discussing the research and writing she's done about war and peace in the Middle East.

According to the website of the Chippewa Valley Book Festival:

"Cathy Sultan was born, raised and educated in Washington, D.C. In 1969 she moved to Beirut, Lebanon with her Lebanese husband and two small children. She led a tranquil life, immersed in Lebanese culture, until civil war began in April 1975. She and her family spent the next 8 years under the bombs and only returned to the United States in 1983. Cathy’s memoir of her 14 years in Beirut, A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War, was published in 2005.

"Sultan sits on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation. On behalf of NPF she co-leads annual trips to Israel/Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders. Her most recent trip was June 2010. She is currently working on a book of f​iction about the 17,000 who disappeared during the Lebanese civil war."

Ms. Sultan's talk will be in the large meeting room of the library, off the entrance lobby. Refreshments will be available.


It's a busy week or two here at the Chippewa Falls Public Library, so I thought I'd catch up:

1) Kindles--We now have a total of 11 Kindle E-book readers; nine with adult books and two with children's and young adult titles loaded on them. They can only be checked out at our library (no holds can be placed on them) and they must be returned directly to a staff member (and not put in the drops). Also, those wishing to check them out must sign an agreement showing that they have read and understand the Kindle circulation policy. It sounds like a lot, I guess, but it only takes a second. Try one out.

2) Floor-plan Changes--When you come into the library, you'll notice that the place is looking quite a bit different. The reference collection has been moved into what heretofore has been the "lounge." The plan is to use the space in front of the windows as a seating area and move the computers out of the glare. Keep an eye on it.

3) National Sewing Month--September is national sewing month. There are few hobbies more useful or impressive (when the skill is sufficient), and we have a great display of sewing skill in our entrance lobby. Stop and take a look this month!

Friday, September 9, 2011

To Remember

This weekend is the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

The Chippewa Falls Public Library remembers the day and the victims of it with a display under the south stairwell.

We invite you to come by and take a look.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Comprehensive Plan Exhibit

Starting Friday, there will be an exhibit here in the library with the comments from the residential survey portion of the 2011 Comprehensive Plan done by the Chippewa Falls City Government.

The exhibit opens to the public for viewing and comments on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 11:00 AM and continues through Thursday, September 15, 2011. The exhibit will be in the large meeting room on the first floor and events in that room will proceed as usual. When events aren't going on, the room will be open and the exhibit available for public review.

An OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, at which time the consultant and City Staff will be on hand to answer questions and continue to educate the public on the Comprehensive Planning process; release survey results; receive comments; and provide visual images taken in the City of Chippewa Falls.

For more information, contact Eric Anderson OR 715.836.2918 ext. 15.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Academy Day 2011

A letter from Representative Sean Duffy just crossed my desk, and he is asking us to pass on that Academy Day 2011 is coming up on September 17th at the EAA in Oshkosh.
Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation and learn more about applying to the various U.S. service academies at the event.

Queens of the Library

Be sure, if you get a chance, to pick up the latest copy of Queen of the Castle magazine. This local publication came and visited us last month and spent some time with the friendly and dedicated women of the library.

Pick up a copy at the library or any of the dozens of locations around the Chippewa Valley that make it available.