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

June is Outdoor Month

Of course it is!  We’ve been cooped up all winter long and the National Wildlife Federation urges us to get outside and explore and connect with nature which not only reduces stress but awakens your senses to the environment around you.

This Friday Readapalooza is happening outdoors with free hotdogs, sno cones, prizes, many activity booths along with a Jumpy Castle, our friends from Hunt Hill, and Master Gardeners from the Rice Lake Garden Club.

Saturday is the first annual “An Evening Under the Stars,” a fund raising event to support the Rice Lake Public Library and its many programs that would not be possible without their support.

Do you Geocache? RLPL has 2 Garmin GPS units for you to check out and try your hand at this fun hobby that is great fun on your own, with a friend, or as a family.

Who doesn’t like outdoor movies?  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us for Family (June showing:  Rise of the Guardians), Teen (June showing Ironman: Rise of Technovore), or Adult (June showing Silver Linings Playbook)  Outdoor Movie Nights this summer.

Hunting and fishing, of course, are popular outdoor activities and Turtle Lake native Billy Molls will be herein August 3rd  presenting:  Hunt For the Headwaters: Life, Love, and Grizzly Bears.

“The past 16 years that I have guided in Alaska has been the greatest education

in my life. The hunting in Alaska is second to none, but it’s the lifestyle that one leads

while being there that I enjoy most. I hope to share some of what I experience, learn,

 and feel when I am there.”

We look forward to meeting and sharing Billy’s experiences through video, photos, and stories that Billy says will “educate and entertain all who attend.”

What summer activities keep you busy in the great outdoors? Share them with us  on our Facebook Page :)




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