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.