The library will close today, December 4 at 2 p.m. Please drive safely today!
The library will close today, December 4 at 2 p.m. Please drive safely today!
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.
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 findartinfo.com and artnet.com can be used together to determine an item’s value without joining either site. Or that the best site to get book values is abebooks.com.
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- 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!
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 Amazon.com or even if you only shop occasionally at Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com 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!
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.
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.
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.”
The first annual “Evening Under The Stars” will take place in the Rice Lake Library Park, directly south of the building from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.
The public is invited to this festive culinary and entertainment event sponsored by the Friends of the Rice Lake Public Library. Attendees will be able to sample hors d’oeuvres from local vendors, including from Gordy’s County Market, which will be providing focaccia sandwiches, salami rosettes, gourmet cheeses, sausage, hummus, and dessert. A cash bar will also be available with Wisconsin craft beers and fine California wines.
There will also be a silent auction, featuring books, a football from the Green Bay Packers, golf packages, and Milwaukee Brewers tickets. There will be live musical performances by the Peaceful String folksingers and the Banshees. In addition, attendees will be able to learn of the exciting plans for the new “state of the art” library facility now in the active planning stage.
General admission tickets are $20.00 per person in advance, and $25.00 at the door. Patron tickets, with the purchaser’s name recognized in the program, can be purchased through May 31th for $40.00 per person. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the support of the many Friends of the Library programs and services. For more information or for tickets, please contact the Rice Lake Public Library at (715) 234-4861. Tickets will also be available at Gordy’s County Market, Marketplace Foods, and the Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce office.
We love your children at the RLPL! And one of our biggest concerns is the safety and well-being of the children who visit us each day. For many people in our community, the library is seen as a safe and welcoming place, a place they feel comfortable bringing their families. And that brings us a lot of joy. Unfortunately, we do need to make sure our patrons understand that the library is also a very public place. Just like Wal-Mart, the city park, or the local gym, anyone and everyone uses the Rice Lake Public Library. And while we love that too (the library is after all, a great equalizer) it sometimes means that we may not be an inherently a safe place for unsupervised children.
I’m sure you’ve seen how busy our staff is and realize that they cannot provide care and supervision to young children left alone. To that end, our staff and Library Board of Trustees has adopted an updated version of our Child Safety Policy. Please take a look and let us know your thoughts, questions or concerns. Child Safety Policy 2013
Our first snow day of the 2012-2013 winter season and it is in May? Wait, we are in Wisconsin, of course, it is! Remember our Virtual Branch is always open. You can access databases for information to work on that research paper you now have an extra day to finish. Access eBooks or audio books that you can read/listen to on your computer, eReader, smartphone and if you have questions you can ask them via Facebook or Twitter.