News & Events


Our downstairs, basement renovation begins on Saturday, April 30th. Beginning Saturday, the bottom level of the library will be CLOSED for public use. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes but are looking forward to offering a new updated space soon!

Cooks & Books

Cooks of all skill levels have been joining us for Cook & Books, a new book club at RLPL.                               For March we looked over cookbooks with crock pot and slow cooker recipes. We discussed differences, benefits and ease of use […]

Simply Knitting

Interest in our Simply Knitting group has grown and changed over the past months. We have changed our days to the first and third Tuesdays of each month and added help with crocheting.  If you’ve always wanted to learn, are a beginner or highly skilled and would like help and input from those who love […]

NEW in February

Cooks @ Books book club    February 29th @ 2:00pm marks the first gathering of a Cooks @ Books book club. We will pick a new cooking theme each month, February will be, “For the Love of Baking”, and look over some great cookbooks. Each participant will go home with a recipe that you can […]

RLPL Newsletter

Due to a shortness in staffing, we are sorry to say, we will not be able to send out our monthly emailed newsletters. We are so sorry for any inconvience this may cause. We’d like to redirect your interest in what’s going on at the library by having you go to our webpage or […]

Your voice matters on the upcoming Library Renovation!

Rice Lake and surrounding area community members are invited to join the Friends of the Library, Library Board of Trustees and Traci Lesneski from MSR Architectural Firm in disussing priorities and needs for our upcoming library renovation. This will be the first step for the Friends of the Library in their plan to begin a fundraising […]

Have a great year, RLPL!

It’s my last day at the Rice Lake Public Library and I wanted to thank you all.  I’ve really enjoyed my time here and have loved learning and growing as a librarian and a community leader in Rice Lake. I am proud of the work the team here has accomplished–the new collections, the wonderful family programming, […]

Board openings! Make a difference!

Are you an enthusiastic library supporter who has always wanted to be in on the major decision making happening at the Library?  Consider getting involved and offering your time.  We have two separate Boards at the library that support our mission and functions.   The first, with one opening for a city resident is the […]

So what’s happening with the library building, anyway?

Many of you were involved when we did some surveys, focus groups and listening sessions a few years ago in order to determine the needs of the community and how the library facility could best serve you.  What we found then from all respondents was that space was your biggest concern–focusing mostly on programming and […]

Changes at the RLPL

Last week we talked about how the library is funded in general and how that might impact a new facility. We are looking forward to (at the very least) renovating our current space to make it work a little better for our patrons and are excited to get to work on that.  We are already […]

Library News…

Some of you may have read the recent Chronotype article about our last Common Council meeting discussing the Rice Lake Library and its funding.  As we have talked with community members and patrons, we have realized that many of you don’t know where our funding comes from. In Wisconsin, public libraries are funded primarily by […]

October is Computer Learning Month

Here at RLPL, we celebrate computer learning EVERY month! We offer Techno Minute Tuesdays on the first, second, and fourth Tuesdays of each month.  You can drop in any time between 1pm and 2pm or schedule a half hour one-on-one session between 2pm-4pm.   AND starting this month (October 8th) Randy and Dusty of Eagle […]


Congratulations to Heritage Birthing Services, winner of our RLPL Photobomb contest!! Did you know that a  doula is a woman who is trained to assist women & their partners before, during & after childbirth. Studies have proven that doulas can lead to shorter labors, 60% decrease is request for epidurals, 50% decrease in cesarean sections, increased […]

Fall Back Into Your Favorite Clubs@RLPL & Magic The Gathering’s Battle of Zendikar

As fall arrives we see the return of your favorite television shows, perhaps Once Upon a Time?  Haven’t seen it yet…catch yourself up with your library card!  The first two seasons are currently available in MORE as is the third season but with a growing wait list.  You’ll also see the return of your favorite […]

National Library Card Sign Up Month!

Free Library Card Replacement all month long. Read Off Your Fines for Kids and Teens Food for Fines September 13th-19th Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more […]

Meet Your RLPL Superhero Staff

Do all superhero’s  wear capes?  Leap tall buildings in a single bound? or fly through the air to save the day? Not necessarily, but they do tend to the save the day!  The word hero typically brings to mind a protector or guardian. For most of us at RLPL, our Computer Support Tech-Al Christensen, fits this […]

RLPL EyeBomb Challenge for Local Businesses

RLPL Eyebomb challenge: Business Edition  Take a pair of googly eyes, place them on an inanimate object(s) around your office/business, such as a coffee cup, flower pot, etc., and accept our EyeBomb Challenge! Every entrant receives a Saturday Shoutout on our Facebook page with a link your Facebook page and/or website.  The photo with the most […]

Foxy Locks Wig Bank at RLPL

  Foxy Locks Wig Bank is now Open providing wigs for medical conditions that cause hair loss including ANY cancer or other diseases. Cleaned and styled wigs can be checked out by Barron County residents for up to 1 year using a Rice Lake Public Library card. (Library Cards are free). Stop at the Circulation/Reference […]

Evening Under the Stars, 2015

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! […]

Benefits for you if the Library moves to the lake site

The Rice Lake Library Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to move the RLPL to a new site at Rice Lake in what was formerly the Lakeview Hospital.