Tax Form Update…

Tax Forms

IRS appropriations were significantly cut and they are NOT sending forms/instructions.

RLPL, however, WILL help you print forms (1st copy free) and view instruction booklets online.

 Binders containing the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ instructions are available  for a 3 day checkout.

We also have a binder with these booklets to use within the library.  

IRS Forms


Happy Holidays!

Thank you to all of our patrons for another fantastic year!  We have really enjoyed working with you to improve services to our entire community, and your ongoing feedback on our future is incredibly valued!

We recently worked with Library employees, Library Board of Trustee members, and our Friends of the Library Board to revamp our mission.  We came up with four core values that do and will inform everything we do as  a part of the Rice Lake community.  From participating in the holiday parade, to manning a booth at the County Fair, we believe in community.  From free digital materials and ereaders, to library fee reduction programs, to home delivery, we believe in access for everyone.  From warm greetings, to fair and flexible policies, we believe in service.  And from a wide breadth of materials to creating a third space for our patrons from all walks of life, we believe in the public good.

These ideals will help us move forward in the new year and the years to come as we begin a library capital campaign, as we increase our outreach services, as we continue to serve your needs for self education, for literacy, for entertainment, and for enlightenment.  Thank you for offering us that opportunity every day.

Happy new year!

We Believe

Autumn is for Authors

This fall RLPL welcomes Brian Freeman, Joel D. Canfield, and

William Kent Krueger! 

When you think of fall can you see the beautiful colors on the trees,  hear the rustle of leaves below your feet, feel the crisp air on your face, and smell of ripe apples ready for harvest?  When we think of fall this year, we’re excited to welcome three local authors to Rice Lake Public Library!

Edgar-nominated mystery author Brian Freeman

Minnesota award winning author Brian Freeman kicks of October with us when he leads RLPL’s book club, Page Turners, in a discussion of his book Spilled Blood tonight (Thursday, October 2nd at 6pm).  Brian describes his book as a novel of redemption and revenge with twists and turns.  Spilled Blood starts in an old rural ghost town at midnight, where three teenage girls play a twisted game of Russian roulette. By morning, one girl is dead, one has run away, and one is in prison for murder (from

Learn more about our book club on the Page Turners blog where you’ll find a summary of discussions about past selections as well as upcoming titles.

If you are not able to see Brian at Page Turners, you can see him Thursday at 6:30 when he presents Duluth through Jonathon Stride’s (the main character in his series) eyes.  Come visit “Stride’s Duluth” at RLPL as Brian to reprises his slide show presentation of locales around the Northland that have appeared in his books. Get ready for landmarks and creepy ruins that inspired scenes in his books centered on Duluth detective Jonathan Stride.

For those who are reading the series, we wonder: Are you team Serena or team Maggie? Tell us on Facebook or Tweet us @TheRLPL using #teammaggie or #teamserena


Joel D Canfield, WriterA Long Hard LookOctober also brings local resident and author Joel D. Canfield to RLPL October 11th and October 25th.

October 11th, Joel will be here for a book signing to promote his new book A Long Hard Look a book described by Elizabeth Craig (Riley Adams) as “having much to love for Raymond Chandler fans.” Raymond Chandler who died nine months before      Joel was born but had an influence on his writing which Joel describes as a blend of “his reverence for Chandler.” He also includes “snippets of Isaac Asimov, Dr. Seuss, Rex Stout, Dick Francis and Richard Halliburton, then pouring it into a big bowl of Agatha Christie,” creating what he calls “Chandleresque cozies:  mysteries with sharper edges than traditional cozies; convoluted plots and convoluted people, yet without the overt sex, language, and gore of many mystery genres.”

To learn more about Joel D. Canfield, writer of mysteries, business books, and over 100 songs visit his website  Joel will be back on October 25th to present a writer’s presentation  on how to “Write a great novel without going crazy: the 12 things you need to know”

 William Kent KruegerIn November RLPL welcomes another great award winning Minnesotan author William Kent Krueger who will read from his latest book in the Cork O’Connor series, Windigo Island on November 4th at 7pm.  As of this date, there are over 300 holds on the print, large print and audio copies of Windigo Island.  Book World will have copies available at this event for sale (cash and check only)-thanks Joy!

 Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger

Tamarack County by William Kent KruegerOrdinary Grace by William Kent KruegerTrickster's Point by William Kent KruegerNorthwest Angle by William Kent KruegerVermilion Drift by William Kent KruegerHeaven's Keep by William Kent KruegerRed Knife by William Kent KruegerThunder Bay by William Kent KruegerCopper River by William Kent KruegerMercy Falls by William Kent KruegerBlood Hollow by William Kent KruegerThe Devil's Bed by William Kent KruegerPurgatory Ridge by William Kent KruegerBoundary Waters by William Kent KruegerIron Lake by William Kent Krueger

Good news and bad news…

Well, most of our fabulous library users are aware by now that our building presents us with some major challenges.  But, you might not be aware of one of the biggest, and that is MOLD.  Unfortunately, we have a lower level with ongoing water seepage and leakage issues that we are having little luck fixing, so our Board of Trustees has asked us to move our staff members out of their current work space and away from the worst of the mold.  Your librarians often work in that space for 6-8 hours per day, 5 days per week and it simply isn’t healthy.

Mold image

What does this mean for our users?  Sadly, it means we will be encroaching on your space.  As a temporary solution, we will be moving the Friends of the Library Book Sale back to our lower level (in a room that has no history of water problems) and moving some of our employee offices into that space.  We will also be taking over what is currently the local history corner.  Our local history researchers will find materials and microfilm located in the Bottom Shelf room.  Which, yes, will mean that we now only have one large meeting room available for the public.

Now, you might be wondering about that good news…the good news is that our city leaders are now aware of the multitude of problems with our current building and are giving more careful consideration to a new library for Rice Lake.  These problems include not only water issues and mold, but also safety concerns with our layout, space needs such as no quiet study rooms and the recently learned fact that our programs and services will be limited to 87 people for an indoor event, an aging elevator and roof, and no capacity for improving technology issues.



If you are a regular library user and you would like to share your opinion on the need for a new library facility, please contact your council person or make your opinion known by writing to our local paper.  And thank you for continuing to support your library!  Any questions about our next steps can be addressed by Dawn, your Library Director.  She is available by email at or by phone at 715-651-2684 ext. 11.

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September 6th is National Read a Book Day!

Reading promotes lifelong learning-  Did you know babies chewing on books, toddler scribbles, and the same story read over and over are a part of early literacy? Talk! Sing! Play! Read! Write!

Research Readers- You’ll love our new MORE online catalog powered by Encore—every search (from title to subject) will also pull articles from the EBSCOHost database and will be organized in a separate tab. (New Features) To view any of these articles, you simply log into your MORE account with last name and library card number.

eReaders will appreciate the ability to find and sort by availability eTitles from Overdrive within the new catalog as well.  Speaking of eBooks, Freading is another great site for eBooks (with apps for apple and android devices) free to check out with your library card.  Our favorite feature: Always available eBooks- if you see it-you can download it! (to see if your device is compatible or learn more, visit the Freading Frequently Asked Questions page.

Maybe you like to escape into a good novel and travel along with the characters or perhaps you reading your current book simply because the cover looked good (sometimes, it is okay to judge a book by its cover-we’ve discovered many a good book simply by its cover!) Some of our favorites have come from our patrons and our Good Reads Page has shelves  with titles from RLPL Page TurnersSummer Reading Program Patron Reviews, Storytime books, and more.

Have you checked out our Lucky Day collection-you’ll find all sorts of great looking covers on these high hold items.   These books are ordered just for our RL patrons (with limited checkout time of 1 week and .25 day fines accrued each day beyond due date) and if you find the latest best seller or newest released book on the shelf despite a long wait list- it’s your LUCKY Day!

No holds! No renewals! No Wait!

Reading for fun, for research and/or assignments, to expand your mind, to learn about new environments, things, people, or to escape reality for a spell—all good reasons to read, Read, READ!  Have any recommendations? Share them with us on Facebook or Twitter pages (use #ReadABookDay).

Staff Picks

Recent Reads:

The Pink Suit  by Nicole Mary Kelby an interesting perspective of the Jackie Kennedy era as the lives of the seamstress behind the now infamous Pink Suit are the main characters with Mrs. Kennedy referred to as The Wife, a background character.  The seamstress and the Kennedy’s are connected by a shared heritage and that bond was enough to refer to her as one of their own.

Vacationers  by Emma Straub described as “a great read-funny family drama.”

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Dad is Fat by comedian Jim Gaffigan

Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes (quick read that is thought provoking).  A good book club choice.

Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

Pride and Prejudice

Currently Reading:

Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch – loosely based on factual event—intense and involved read with great character development

One plus One by Jojo Moyes

More Book Fun:

You might enjoy this post from Huffington Post’s blog 7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books


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A Community Presentation on Community Supported Living

Hear the Story of a Man with Autism…

and his transition to living independently.

The Rice Lake Public Library connects all people to their community and are happy to provide a place where Carl can talk to you about his personal experience transitioning to independent living.  He and Growing Opportunities & Resources, LLC invite community members, family care workers, advocates, teachers, guardians, parents, and transition aged students from  14 and up are invited to this free event Tuesday, August 26th at 6pm.

Job Seeker Boot Camp

Job Seekers!  Are you aware of the Job Seeker Boot Camp through the Barron County Jobs Center?  The RLPL is pleased to be hosting one of these sessions in August fulfilling part of our mission to connect people to their community and support lifelong learning. There is no cost to attend the Job Seeker Boot Camp but preregistration is required by August 4th   (Please call 715-234-6827 to register).

Participants attending all four sessions will build a multi-section portfolio highlighting work-readiness skills to prospective employers  and earn a free certificate endorsing their knowledge in the skills employers feel are lacking in today’s workforce, career assessments finding the right job fit, and job search techniques to capture the attention of employers.

More information can be found at The Barron County Job Center:

Flyer for Boot Camp and Job Club-PDF (1)

Thank you for your interest!

We love that you want to work with us and wish we could talk in person with all of you, but we have received an unprecedented number of applications (more than 50!) for the positions we have open and have set interviews with those selected.  If you applied to work with us and did not receive a call, don’t despair!  We will keep your application on file for one year in the event that another position becomes available.

Come Work with Us!

The RLPL is hiring for two positions this month.  Do you love to help things run smoothly behind the scenes?  Join our team as a Library Aide, working with our courier and delivery system, shelving materials, running reports, and processing  technology.

Or, if you are more of a people person who loves to connect with the community and build great relationships with teens and adults, consider applying for our Programming Coordinator Position, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and events for those audiences.  You would also get to help build the materials collection and be an integral part of the management team.

Either way, you will be part of a fabulous, vibrant library services team and will be helping to make Rice Lake great!