Book Sale
 April 24-27



Apr 182014

The library has started digitizing the Dunn County News (DCN) from our microfilm collection.  We now have the very earliest of the DCN and The Lumberman online.  Why digitize?  For preservation and accessibility.  Our vendor is also running optical character recognition (OCR) on the film to pickup as many words as possible so they can be indexed and searched.  Quality of the microfilm copy and the original newspaper varies of course so some is more readable than others.  Take a look at the small amount we have done so far  If you want to help digitize more of the DCN, contact Ted Stark


Spring Author Visits

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Mar 202014

We have two upcoming author visits that look interesting.

On Sunday, March 30 at 2 pm we get a behind the scenes look at photographing the history of Menomonie.  Menomonie author and photographer David Tank presents a program based on his popular Postcards from the Past in the Dunn County News. He’ll show the images he’s taken and talk about what is involved in capturing these then-now photos. Participants are invited to bring old postcards from the area that might be candidates for future then-now photo shoots.

On Sunday, April 6 at 1:30 pm author Frederick Blanch reveals the life of a Depression-era boy growing up in America’s heartland as he talks about this latest book Last Words . He was a child during the Great Depression in a tiny Minnesota farming community, and his working life has included stints as a printer, actor, beekeeper, television producer and photographer. A dictionary to the soul, Blanch takes you on a reminiscent tour of life with the gentleness of humor of a Dave Barry mixed in with some Will Rogers. Think of a simpler time, and smile.   Last Words was nominated for the prestigious Minnesota Book Awards.

Feb 252014

The library faces many challenges today, including the rise of downloadable content, funding, and the changing way that people use the library.  In addressing the ongoing library needs of the community, the Menomonie Public Library Board asked John Thompson, Director of the Indianhead Federated Library System, to conduct a series of focus groups.  The focus groups involved members of our community to help identify library needs. These focus groups were held in April of 2013.  Based on the information gathered in our focus groups; community surveys conducted by Justin Prestrud; and staff discussion, the library board has developed this long range plan.  The plan focuses on 7 main topics: Community Awareness; Facility and Space; Funding; New Populations; Programming; and Technology.  The plan will serve as a guide for the Library Board in budget and service development.

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Feb 182014


The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of the American Library Association’s President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school, and public.

LIBRARIES EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL.  Whether developing skills to succeed in school, looking for a job, exploring possible careers, having a baby, or planning retirement, people of all ages turn to libraries for instruction, support, and access to computers and other resources to help them lead better lives.

LIBRARIES SUPPORT LITERACY AND LIFELONG LEARNING.  Many children and adults learn to read at their school and public libraries via story times, research projects, summer reading, tutoring and other opportunities. Others come to the library to learn the technology and information skills that help them answer their questions, discover new interests, and share their ideas with others.

LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN FAMILIES.  Families find a comfortable, welcoming space and a wealth of resources to help them learn, grow and play together.

LIBRARIES ARE THE GREAT EQUALIZER.  Libraries serve people of every age, education level, income level, ethnicity and physical ability. For many people, libraries provide resources that they could not otherwise afford – resources they need to live, learn, work and govern.

LIBRARIES BUILD COMMUNITIES.  Libraries bring people together, both in person and online, to have conversations and to learn from and help each other. Libraries provide support for seniors, immigrants and others with special needs.

LIBRARIES PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO KNOW.  Our right to read, seek information, and speak freely must not be taken for granted. Libraries and librarians actively defend this most basic freedom as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

LIBRARIES STRENGTHEN OUR NATION.  The economic health and successful governance of our nation depend on people who are literate and informed. School, public, academic, and special libraries support this basic right.

LIBRARIES ADVANCE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP.  Knowledge grows from knowledge. Whether doing a school assignment, seeking a cure for cancer, pursuing an academic degree, or developing a more fuel efficient engine, scholars and researchers of all ages depend on the knowledge and expertise that libraries and librarians offer.

LIBRARIES HELP US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER.  People from all walks of life come together at libraries to discuss issues of common concern. Libraries provide programs, collections, and meeting spaces to help us share and learn from our differences.

LIBRARIES PRESERVE OUR NATION’S CULTURAL HERITAGE.  The past is key to our future.  Libraries collect, digitize, and preserve original and unique historical documents that help us to better understand our past, present and fu