Friends of the Library Readers Run

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Race Day Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

5K Walk/ Run begins at 9 a.m.

1 Mile Kids Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m.

Register online or in person today for this great, laid back run on the Red Cedar Trail.  We will meet at the UW-Barron County Campus for race day registration beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Parking is free and our friends at UW-BC will be serving coffee and cocoa following the run.  Participants will get a fabulous long sleeved running shirt as long as they last.  Funds raised benefit the Friends of the Rice Lake Public Library and Library programs and events.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers 

Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 11, 2014

Time: 1:00-3:00

Cost: $10 for materials

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers

take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from

this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, or friend.

Participants will learn to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Better communicate feelings
  • Increase their ability to make tough decisions
  • Locate helpful resources.

Class meets for 2 hours once a week for six weeks. Registration is required.

Workshop Leaders:  Chris Hagen and Bonnie Knepper

Contact: Chris Hagen:



For more information on the Barron County Aging and Disability Resource Center visit their site at Barron County Wisconsin 

Summer Reading Program (June 1st- August 2nd)

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“Spark a Reaction”

 when you read…

Play Readers Bingo or write a  short Book Review for your chance

to win weekly prizes.

Enter as often as you read!


Stop at Reference Desk for Bingo Sheets and Book Review Forms.

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   Check out our  BOOK ROOM tab on our website for READING RECOMMENDATIONS and peer reviewed titles on GoodReads!

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Turkey Contest!

Our turkey contest winner (by random drawing was Christine) and the turkey was picked up so fast we didn’t get a picture!  Hope it was a wonderful feast.  I’m going to put a few of our contest entries here.    Thank you to all who entered.

Some Stories –

“My Dad blindfolded me and then I would have to guess if I was eating white or dark meat.   He was my step father but my very real dad.”

“Sharing” — that’s my story.
The most significant Thanksgiving was a long time ago.  Being a single parent, there were times I spent holidays alone.  One was a certain Thanksgiving.  So I decided NOT to be alone that day and invited anyone I knew who would have had nowhere to go that day.  What I received that day was far more than what I gave!

Some Recipes –

Pumpkin Crunch

1 -15 oz Can Pumpkin
1 – 12 oz Can Evaporated Milk
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
3 eggs
1  1/2 tsp cinnamon
Combine above ingredients and pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.
1 Yellow cake mix
1 cup melted butter
Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of pumpkin mixture adn pour melted button top.  Do not mix.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 mins.  When cool, loosen pumpkin crunch from side of pan with a knife.  Invert pan onto platter (the top becomes the crust) Top with sweetened cream cheese or whipped cream.

Cranberry Pie
1 1/2 to 2 Cups Cranberries
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 eggs
2 to 3 TB Butter
1/2 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 unbaked pie shell

Spread cranberries in pie shell.  Sprinkle with the nuts and brown sugar.  In a bowl — beat eggs until thick.  Add sugar beating until blended.   Add Flour and Butter.  Beat well.   Pour over cranberries.  Place in 325 oven for 45 minutes.  Serve with ice cream or whipping cream.

Again thank you to all who entered.

Now be sure to enter our Photo contest for a Kindle Fire HDX.  More info see our home page or  Facebook at  Drawing is December 19th.



Angie’s Awesome Finds

Looking for good recipes and book recommendations?  Have you visited  I spotted the pumpkin scones recipe right away, I don’t bake until the mood hits me (usually with the first snowfall)-but did you know our director is famous for her scones?  Perhaps we should talk her into trying this recipe and we’ll taste test for her!  

If you travel, have you checked out the Foodspotting? In addition to the website an apple and android app are also available.

If you are looking for the books featured on Joy’s  Oct. 23 What We’re Reading post, the titles available in MORE are: 

While the other titles are not currently available through MORE we are able to request through interlibrary loan via WISCAT and we’d be happy to request those for you when you stop by or call the reference desk at 715-234-4861 x18.  

  • A million little ways by Emily P. Freeman.
  • The Mac and Cheese Cookbook by Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade
  • The new complete book of pasta : an Italian cookbook by Maria Luisa Scott and Jack Denton Scott
  • The French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier
  • Joy the Baker cookbook: 100 simple and comforting recipes by Joy Wilson.

Speaking of recipes….Do you have a favorite holiday recipe that friends and family look forward to each year?  And would you be willing to share it for a chance to win a free turkey? Beginning November 1st enter our Turkey Talks contest for a chance to win a free turkey! (Drawing held on November 21st).   Share your favorite recipe and/or story by dropping it off at the library, submitting via Facebook, or emailing it to

Just for the fun of it, I did a holiday recipe search in the Badger Link Database and found some more interesting titles and articles as well.  Why would I search for recipes in a database? If I could not make it in to the library during regular hours, databases are always available in RLPL’s Virtual Branch.  (Yes, for recipes-you’d probably check out a recipe blog but, you might want a recipe for Banana Bread that you saw in the Nov/Dec2009 American Fitness Magazine and this search would have located it!)

One more thing! We have weeded oodles of cookbooks from the non-fiction shelves and they are ready for the Friends of the Library Back Alley Book Store.  There are SO many that we have set up two tables in the Friendship Room for you to browse.


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Autumn Events!

The fall cooler weather is upon us.  It’s a great season for reading!  Check out our new non fiction display in the library for our newest books.  And please join us for Page Turners book group (usually the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 — check for sure here

We’re having an “Helping Hands Hats” program to make loom knitted hats for those patrons who need a hat this winter. The program is October 5th Saturday 11:00 – 1:00. Loom knitting is really easy! We’ll show you how and the looms and the yarn are provided. Join Us — even if you can’t knit or crochet — you can loom knit! Those people who want to do traditional knitting and crocheting of hats are of course welcome too! And if you have some leftover yarn we’d love to have that too for multicolored hats.

Around the Farm Table — WI PBS TV Program Screening Pilot Episode of Around the Farm Table
October 17th 7:30 – 8:30

Around the Farm Table takes viewers through our farming landscape to shine a spotlight on Midwestern farmers and artisan food producers. The show is designed to uplift our understanding of sustainable farming practices through stories, recipes and information all delivered with a dose of fun, entertainment and original music. Our host, Inga Witscher, is a fourth-generation organic dairy farmer whose knowledge and disarming charm gets even the most quiet farmers to join in the conversation. Driven to seek out the best ingredients our region has to offer, each episode follows Inga as she gathers what she needs to produce a meal that celebrates our landscape and our appetites, Around the Farm Table. Inga Witscher



Make and Take a Card is October 17th at 5:30. Join us for some paper crafting, fun and treats too.

Doug Norelius, a local author, and Elementary Principal, here in Rice Lake, will be sharing from his ” Book of Poetry” on October 19th at 11:00.

Gadget Guru is each Tuesday from 2 – 4:00 pm. Bring your tech problems and/or devices with you and we’ll help!

You can check out all our programs on our calendar

We’re thinking of having “share your favorite holiday recipe” drawing for a turkey in November. Stay tuned for more details on that.
Please let us know any suggestions you have for adult programs and events you’d like to see!

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Adult Summer Reading Winners

Winners of the Adult Summer Reading Program!

week 1   Carol
week 2   Marlena

week 3   Jessica

week 4  Tami won for drawing on  7/8
week 5  Jacky drawing of  7/15
week 6   Ruth  won on 7/22
week 7   Rita won for week ending 7/29
week 8   Paula won for week ending 8/5
week 9   Marilyn won for week ending 8/12
Angela is the winner for the Kindle Fire HD!!!  and Susan won the gift certificate to Lehman’s.
Thank you to all who participated.  I’ll run it again next summer — hum new prizes…..
Read the submitted reviews on our Goodreads page






Summer Programs



Be sure to check the events calendar Our Events Calendar  for summer reading programs!

Adult Reading Kick Off June 7th!


The Adult Reading Program — Dig Into Reading kicks off on June 7th.   Read a book (any book and in any format) and fill out an entry form letting us know what you thought of it.  That is your entry to win the weekly prize and also the grand prize drawn in August of a Kindle Fire HD.  The more you read — the more entries you’ll have towards the Fire!

May Classes!

Please check the events calendar for our new ebook reader classes and tech gadget guru schedule!  Any other class ideas welcomed!