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Read Off Your Fines for Kids and Teens

Food for Fines September 13th-19th

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Librarians are literacy experts. Libraries offer a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in reading and learning. Preschool story hours expose young children to the joy of reading, while homework centers provide computers and assistance to older children after school. Summer reading clubs keep children reading during school vacation and have been shown to be the most important factor in avoiding the decrease in reading skills that educators refer to as “summer learning loss.”

As our culture is shifting to a more active role in the creation of culture and information, today’s libraries are finding new and innovative ways to extend their collections and services, providing access to a wide variety of tools, both high-tech and low-tech, to empower their communities.

In addition to books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, computers, games, software and other multimedia materials, libraries increasing offer access to e-books and e-book readers.  Seventy-six percent of libraries offer access to e-books, an increase of 9 percent from last year. Mobile devices, including e-book readers are available at 39 percent of libraries.

Today’s public libraries are thriving technology hubs that millions rely on as their first or only choice for Internet access and digital content. Public libraries offer free classes and one-on-one instruction on technology, Internet and resource use. They help people start businesses, create resumes, search for jobs and apply for jobs online. Libraries help people connect with government and their communities, complete online forms and use online government services.

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Meet Your RLPL Superhero Staff

Do all superhero’s  wear capes?  Leap tall buildings in a single bound? or fly through the air to save the day?

Not necessarily, but they do tend to the save the day!  The word hero typically brings to mind a protector or guardian. For most of us at RLPL, our Computer Support Tech-Al Christensen, fits this definition of hero.  He protects the technology within the City and quite often is “Saving the Day” allowing TheRLPL to fulfill our mission of providing Access to the community we serve.  From Genealogy services to Barron County Resources to finding that perfect read–Al plays a superhero role behind the scenes!

super al

Some might say (including Al, himself) that it is merely part of his job, and while that is true, it is the way he does that job that earns him the title of  “Superhero” in our eyes.

He saves the day often when our computers act up (or the humans operating them) and does so with patience, humor, and understanding.  Yes, Al is a superhero to us, in fact it is because of his “superhero” qualities (Patience, Humor, and Understanding—not unlike those of another hidden hero; teachers) that we are able to offer the same support to our patrons when they come in for technical help.

Who is your superhero? Parent, friend, teacher, boss, co-worker, …?  We’d love to hear their story- share it with us on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #EHHAS

On the subject of heroes…Have you ever wondered what superhero you are? Take the quiz below and find out who your superhero self is.

If your Rice Lake Public Library were to dress up as their superhero selves you would see:

 We have 1 Robin

Young and acrobatic.
You don’t mind stepping aside
to give someone else glory.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

and 1 Wonder Woman

You are a beautiful princess
with great strength of character.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test
And WOW! We have 4 Super”(w0)men” on staff 

You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

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RLPL EyeBomb Challenge for Local Businesses

RLPL Eyebomb challenge:

Business Edition 

Take a pair of googly eyes, place them on an inanimate object(s) around your office/business, such as a coffee cup, flower pot, etc., and accept our EyeBomb Challenge!

Every entrant receives a Saturday Shoutout on our Facebook page with a link your Facebook page and/or website.  The photo with the most likes at the end of August wins a month of Facebook promotion from the RLPL page.

(For some inspiration on eyebombing check out

We’re encouraging our patrons to Escape the Ordinary this summer with the Art of EyeBombing and we want to challenge businesses to do the same!

Here’s what you do:


Here’s what you win:  You pick the month and we’ll share a Facebook post (or photo) of yours each week for that month! And that’s not all!  (I’ve always wanted to do that!) We’ll also highlight a part of your website each week in our Wednesday Website pick each week for a month—that’s 8 posts plus the Saturday Shoutout!  And that’s still not all! Your photo(s) will be shared on a special Pinterest Board linking back to your website or Facebook page (you pick).

Why are we doing this? Well, this year’s Summer Reading Theme’s (Escape the Ordinary (adults), Every Hero Has a Story (youth), and Unmask (teen)) got us thinking about community heroes.  Heroes are defined as a person admired for “courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities” (   We’ve noticed the support the Rice Lake community has from area businesses whether it’s the school district, area organizations and clubs, ourselves here at TheRLPL and we think that is outstanding and yes, noble even.  So we thought, why not let area businesses “Escape the Ordinary” too!?

Grab those googly eyes and have fun! Show us your creative side and let us give back to you in a small way as a token of appreciation for all  you do to support your community!



(Okay, Angie was under the gun here, 
 but the purple border across the line resembles
 the face she makes when deadline approaches)


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