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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!