Evening Under the Stars, 2015

Evening Under the Stars Art

Planning for our third annual Evening Under the Stars fundraiser is underway!  We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, June 6 from 6-9 p.m. for delicious food, great drinks, a silent auction and live music.  Tickets are only $20 ($25 at the door) and all money raised will go to support your favorite public library!  Those tickets can be purchased from any Friends of the Library Board member or at the Library circulation desk.

We want to thank Gordy’s County Market for sponsoring this event every year with wonderful food, beer and wine.  The Friends of the Library are still seeking program ad sponsors, silent auction gift items and other donations.  If you’re interested in helping us make this the most successful library fundraiser yet, please contact Evening Under the stars Co-Chairs Angela Delf or Heinz Eller!


Angela can be reached at

Heinz can be reached at



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!

The Friends of the Rice Lake Library invite you to an Evening Under the Stars



Join us Saturday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m. for our second annual evening of great food, drinks and music in the library’s pocket park.  Our silent auction will feature work from our fantastic local artisans, gift certificates to local dining and events, wine, books, and great packages for evenings and even weekends away.

Tickets are available from any Friends of the Library member or at the library.  $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door.  Patrons can also pay a special ticket price of $40 to be listed in the program for the event.

The event supports library programs and events throughout the year, as well as other library needs such as updated equipment or furnishings.

A special thanks to our major sponsor of the event, Gordy’s County Market!

Come to the RLPL and celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week, April 13th – 19th 

It’s that wonderful week again at the Rice Lake Public Library: National Library Week! From April 13th though April 19th, the RLPL is pulling out all the stops to celebrate with Big Trucks Day, music in the library, create your own READ posters, fun family storytimes and more!

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RLPL’s Virtual Branch is Open…

While we are closed we still want to do our best to help you access information available to you through your Rice Lake Public Library Virtual Branch via RLPL’s website and social media sites.  RLPL’s virtual and physical branches work together to fulfill our mission connecting you to your community ensuring free and open access to ideas through literacy, recreation, and supporting lifelong education.

Are you looking for:

Affordable Health Care Information?  Rice Lake Television Channel 14’s Dave Armstrong recently spoke to the Barron County Health Officer and the Barron&Polk County navigator in regards to the AHCA.  Access the program here: Understanding the Affordable Health Care Act

You can access several links from RLPL’s Resource Page.   Here you will find helpful links from AARP, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Consumer Reports, Covering Kids and Families Wisconsin and other organizations in regards to the AHCA.

Book suggestions or Read-a-likes for favorite author, book, or a book you’ve recently read?

Check out RLPL’s Books and More tab and select Reading Recommendations to access NoveList Plus (type in your library card number without spaces and choose NoveList Plus) and GoodReads a social media book journal site with book reviews, recommendations, trivia, quotes, lists, and more.

From MORE:


Also within the Books and More tab are our Online Catalogs in which you can browse or search for book titles.  If you want to place a hold on materials but are unsure how MORE has a help page with “how to’s” for requesting items, accessing account, freezing holds and more.

Car repair information?  Our Auto Repair Reference Center is a database with access to car repair, care, bulletins, and diagnostics.  Have your library card ready and enter all the numbers without spaces.

Career skills? Learning Express Library offers tutorials and quizzes to prepare for a professional exam or improving workplace.  Learning Express Library has recently upgraded to a 3.0 system and prior users will need to re-register.  Welcome Video talks you through setting up your account and accessing the many tools available to you.

Consumer Reports?  Access articles from Consumer Resources.  On the right side of the screen, you will notice years- click one of those years to explore the magazine’s articles by month.  If you are searching for a particular item look to the upper left of your screen.  In the search bar backspace current term up to the word AND (leaving that word) and type in your search term (ovens for example).  Click the search button and you will find various articles from Consumer Reports on the item you are searching.

consumer report search



GED preparedness?  Learning Express Library  helps you find out if you’re ready to take the test, build your academic skills and prepares you to take the high school equivalency exam.

Genealogy help? 

MORE genealogy links:

Homework help? RLPL offers many sites to help elementary, middle school, high school, and college level students.

Job Search and Employment assistance? 


Picture books for the kids?  Bring picture books to life with Tumblebooks animated talking picture books.  Take a virtual tour of Tumblebooks to access all it has to offer.

Research?  RLPL’s Database Page and MORE’s research page

Tax Information?  We have put together a bundle of sites with links to City, IRS, and WI state information, links, and news.  Click on the title of the link to access the site.

Access and explore all that is available to you 24/7 through your RLPL’s Virtual BranchDatabases, Adult BlogTeen Blog, Kids Blog, MORE Resources and Social Media.  If you feel we are missing a link, page, or helpful site please let us know via social media or email Angie at using Virtual Branch in the subject line- and Thanks!

Happy Holidays!

Koo Koo Kanga Roo energize a crowd of more than 400!

Koo Koo Kanga Roo energize a crowd of more than 400!

This past Saturday, you may have been here, rocking out to the children’s band, Koo Koo Kanga Roo with us as part of our annual Friends of the Library Holiday Party.  If you missed it, we have to say, you missed an amazingly fun time!  The songs were hilariously fun for both kids and their grown-ups, the crowd was merry and bright, the floor held up, and everyone had a great time.  Following the main performance, Santa arrived and spent lots of time with each child, visiting and giving them a book to keep.  If you didn’t get a chance to come this year though, not to worry!  The Friends host this extravaganza every year on the first Saturday in December.  Mark your 2014 calendar today!



We have never had a crowd of this size (more than 400) inside our building for a program before, and while it was great fun and everyone made do by piling up in the aisles, it really highlighted for our families the need for a library programming space.  For each event of this type, our fabulous youth services staff must move all furniture and toys to closets and cubbyholes around the building in order to make room.  It’s a lot of extra work, and often still doesn’t offer enough space for the needs of our community.  We hope with this in mind, you might consider being a part of our upcoming feasibility study, or think about how you might help make a difference in our capital campaign.

Speaking of making a difference, we do want to offer one more thank you to the Rice Lake Men’s Club for supporting this program with a cash donation, as well as thank the Friends of the Rice Lake Library.  The Friends help put this program on every year by raising funds to bring performers, to purchase books for every child, to offer cookies and milk, and this year to offer a wonderful photo contest with a Kindle Fire as the prize.  They are a great group that is always looking for new members and support from our community!

Closed due to inclement weather!

The library will close today, December 4 at 2 p.m.  Please drive safely today!

Get Connected @ Your Library!

This month we are very excited to host an open house (with free pizza from our friends at Kids Korner) introducing you to a wide array of services here in Rice Lake and Barron County.
Each organization will have a table with information for you, including Barron County’s Disability Resources Coordinator, Barron County Affordable Care Act Navigator, the Job Center, Educational Opportunities, NAMI and more.
Many of these organizations have been working with your library providing information and assistance to patrons throughout the fall. We’re very grateful for their time!
If you’d like more information about this event, click here.  For more information on local services and resources, click here.

Antiques Appraisal with Mark Moran

Antiques collage

A couple of weeks ago, our library was lucky enough to host Mark Moran-a featured appraiser on Antiques Roadshow.  The Friends of the Library covered his fee and Mark came out to Rice Lake for a three hour appraisal session with more than 40 community members.  It was, quite honestly, a blast!  Mark was personable and interesting and shared some tricks of the trade, such as that the websites and can be used together to determine an item’s value without joining either site.  Or that the best site to get book values is

We also learned that a hair receiver was part of a Victorian dresser top set.  Women would brush their hair and place the hairs into the receiver.  When they had collected enough, they would use the hair to make keepsakes such as watch fobs.  See an example here.

Some of the items our patrons brought in had low value but were lovely to look at.  One woman was very excited to learn that the $7 painting she bought at a sale which her son hated with a passion was worth $40.  “Wait until I call him tonight!” she exclaimed.  Another’s very interesting plate featuring Mephistopheles (her mother-in-law felt that her preacher husband needed a little devil in the house) turned out to be valued at more than $2,000!  Of course, the big winner was a woman who’s family land deed held the signature of a founding father.  That well worn piece of goatskin was valued at approximately $30,000!  She’ll be authenticating and insuring that family heirloom thanks to this event.

Regardless of the final values, everyone really enjoyed seeing the treasures their neighbors brought to share and we can’t wait to bring Mark back to Rice Lake again.

RLPL Connects

RLPL Connects- Each Month  from 1pm-3pm, the Rice Lake Public Library will host resource organizations on the following days to serve you.

Drop-In programs will be hosted by:

1st Wednesday of each month:  Disability Resources-Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply.

2nd Monday of each month: Workforce Resource-Job services will help you find and keep a job

3rd Wednesday of each month:  Educational Opportunities-Learn how you can go back to school

4th Wednesday of each month: NAMI-The National Alliance on Mental Illness- Get help and support for you or your family member Cookies and coffee will be served.

Disability Resources@Your Library  1st Wednesday,  September -December

Gretchen Cunningham, Disability Benefit Specialist from the Barron County office of the ADRC of Barron, Rusk, and Washburn Counties will be available at the Rice Lake Public Library on the 2nd Mondayof each month from 1:00 pm – 3:00pm to provide information on and answer questions about how to apply for disability benefits for adults, what criteria is used to determine if an individual meets the adult disability requirements, how to find resources for prescriptions for individuals who don’t have medical coverage, how to apply for Medicaid for adults with disabilities, and related information.

Get (and Keep!) a Job 2nd Monday, September -December

Join Kelly Just of Barron County Job Center to learn more about how to find work, write your resume and cover letter, interview, and keep a job once you have it!

Working Adults-Go Back to School! 3rd Wednesday, September -December

Join Jim Dzimiela of Educational Opportunities Center as he helps you find out more about how to back to school, whether you qualify for and how to apply for financial assistance, and how to find the right program for you!

NAMI @ the RLPL  4th Wednesday, September -November

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. Drop in to find out more about how NAMI can help you or your family members!

Shop at Amazon?

Earn money for the library by linking to Amazon through the library website! It’s an easy way to help out!

If you shop regularly at or even if you only shop occasionally at, now when you do, you can earn money for the Library! It doesn’t cost you a penny. When you place an order with Amazon, they will automatically send a percentage of your order total to the RLPL! How does it work, you ask? It’s super easy. When you click on the link below you’ll be transferred to the Home Page. Once you’re there, you can shop to your hearts content… When you check out, a percentage of your order will be transferred to the Rice Lake Public Library Amazon Associates Account. But you won’t see it happen. It’s completely transparent. There’s no acknowledgement back to you telling you that it’s happened, or thanking you on behalf of the Library. But believe me, the Library will appreciate your order, big or small. The money from your order will be transferred to a savings account, and that money will be used to buy more materials for the library.

Here are some details about how this works. It only works if you go to Amazon through the library’s home page. By clicking the “RLPL Amazon Link.” Once you’re at Amazon’s Home Page, you can sign into your own account, just like you always do, if you have one. If you don’t have an account, Amazon will prompt you for all the necessary information during the checkout process. Lastly, the percentage that the Library earns is on a sliding scale, from a low of 2% to a high of 6%, depending upon the total cumulative sales in a month. So, if you were planning on purchasing something from Amazon, please use the Library’s Home Page to go to Amazon, and earn some $$$ for the Library! Thank You! Thank you! Thank you!

How can we thank you? Let us count the ways!


Why should we be surprised?  This community of Library lovers has shown its support again and again.  Our Friends of the Library First Annual Evening Under the Stars is just a stellar (excuse the pun) example of how great Rice Lake is and how much we all value the education, entertainment, and community connections the library brings to us.

If you weren’t able to make it to the event this year, you missed a pretty fantastic shindig!  We enjoyed amazing musical performances from the Peacemeal String Band and the Barnyard Banshees, enjoyed fantastic food, wine and craft beers courtesy of Gordy’s County Market (thanks, Gordy’s staff!) and had some of the best silent auction items we have ever seen!  We are so grateful to sponsors like Gordy’s, The Printery, American Family Insurance, Marketplace, and many more, as well as the wonderful businesses, friends and craftspeople who contributed to the auction and to making the night such a success.

In one evening the Friends of the Library brought in almost $9,000 to support our programs, events, and activities within the community.  Absolutely amazing!   Our gratitude is immense.

 Friends of the Library mingle at Evening Under the Stars