Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy Retirement!

Today is the last day of work for Ms. Lynn Kuechenmeister who, for over 25 years, has been a fixture here at the Chippewa Falls Public Library. Lynn was head of the Circulation Department, the department that handles check-ins, check-outs, overdues, fines, shelving, lost items, etc. In many ways, the Circulation Department is where "the rubber meets the road," and Lynn has made sure the tire pressure stayed where it needed to be.

Lynn has been a smiling face for the public, a friendly ear to the staff and a helpful voice for administration. She deserves a happy retirement.

Her daily contribution will be missed and I wish her luck on behalf of the staff, board and Friends of the Chippewa Falls Public Library.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Construction Notice


Market and Johnson will be installing windows in the west wall. Work will be done between 7am and 3:30pm for about two weeks. There will be some noise and parts of the library (mostly the adult fiction section) may be inaccessible.

The library will not close during this time, but the environment may be less conducive to studying and other pursuits requiring the relative silence of a public library.

Also, ADULT FICTION, LARGE PRINT FICTION and LARGE PRINT NON-FICTION will not be available for online holds from April 2nd--April 17th.

If you have any questions, please call the library information desk at 715-723-1146 x. 106.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Meet, Greet and Goodbye

The readers of this blog are invited to a farewell gathering the Friends of the Library are holding for Library Director Darryl Eschete on Monday, April 2nd at 7pm. As you may know, Darryl is headed for Iowa.

The bittersweet little soiree' will be held in the mezzanine level, complete with refreshments.

A book will be donated to the library by the Friends in recognition of the time Darryl has spent here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rock On At the Library!

Be sure to come by the library and check out the nifty rock collection that we're borrowing from members of the Chippewa Valley Gem and Mineral Society.

Pam Yarrington of Eau Claire and Brian Berthiaume of Chippewa Falls have lent us all sorts of lovely geodes and stones (see below) for our enjoyment. They have also asked us to pass along information about the 49th Annual Chippewa Valley Gem and Mineral Show.

It's April 21st and 22nd at the Eau Claire County Expo Center and is FREE TO ATTEND.

For more information, call Mike at 715-456-0664 or email him at And tell him where you heard about it!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Civil War Speaker Sure to Fascinate!

Be sure to keep next Monday evening free, as the Chippewa Falls Public library will be hosting a presentation by author and Civil War historian Michael Eckers.

Mr. Eckers will be speaking on the incredible contributions Wisconsin soldiers made in the Civil War, focusing on the Second Wisconsin and their part in the Iron Brigade. Mr. Eckers is a descendent of Henry McCollum, a native of Dekorra who enlisted to fight for the Union at the age of 16. Mr. Eckers has written a novel based on his ancestor's experiences in a book entitled Wisconsin Iron.

The book is one of four works Mr. Eckers has published to date.

The program will be upstairs in the mezzanine and will begin at 6pm on Monday, March 19th. Mr. Eckers will be in authentic uniform and will have accoutrements typical of Civil War soldiers with him.

It should be a fascinating evening. All ages are welcome.