Dec 052013

National Book Awards
2013 National Book Award Winners announced.  


Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.

Dec 032013

Digital Inclusion 

New initiative from OCLC’s WebJunction on why broadband access is important to communities and people.  Please share.  The Internet Is Important To Everyone aims to bring attention to the impact broadband has on our lives, our health, our government, our jobs, and our education while considering who among us does not use the internet and who does not have home broadband access. The infographic explains why Americans are not using the internet or purchasing home internet service and offers actions our communities can take. 

We welcome everyone to share this infographic, particularly with community leaders working on economic development, workforce, civic engagement, education and health. WebJunction created the infographic in partnership with the International City/County Management Association, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and TechSoup Global.

If you would like to learn more about digital inclusion visit oc.lc/digitalinclusion.

Library Board Meets

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Nov 212013


Library Board of Trustees meets Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the library.


  1. Call to order:
  2. Roll Call: Judy Ganzemiller, Dayle Mandelson, Richard Morrison, Mary Orfield, Bernice Sutliff, Carmen Trimble, Lynn Dickmann, Don Kuether, Kathy Peterson, David Muñoz, Lori Ausman and Pat Smith. (Establish a quorum)
    1. Absent:
    2. Also present: Ted Stark and Lisa Murray
  3. Certification of compliance with Open Meetings Law
  4. Approval of agenda
  5. Public comments:
  6. Reading and approval of minutes
  7. Approval of bills and payroll
  8. Reports of the officers
    1. Secretary’s report: (Dayle Mandelson)
    2. Treasurer’s report: (Don Kuether)
    3. President’s report: (David Muñoz)
    4. Director’s report:   (Ted Stark)
  9. Old Business
    1. Boiler and Elevator Update
    2. 2014 Budget  – Review and discuss
    3. Elk Mound MOU — Action Item
  10. New business
  11. Agenda planning for next Board meeting
  12. Adjourn

Next Board Meeting:  December 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the Menomonie Public Library

 Menomonie Public Library will attempt to provide reasonable accommodations to the public who wish to attend meetings, provided reasonable notice of need is given. To request such accommodation contact the Library Director at (715) 232-2164, extension 18. The public meeting room is equipped with an Oval Window Audio Induction LOOP Assistive Listening System.


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Nov 122013

Library Strategies 

Looking forward to the leadership workshop this weekend with the consultants from Library Strategies and the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.  As part of an Otto Bremer Foundation grant the library is receiving consulting services to address issues in library advocacy, fundraising, and marketing.  Consultants have already visited the library for a capacity assessment to help us decide where we need the most help.  Jodi Bird, our Children’s Librarian and Library Board member Dayle Mandelson are also participating.

Our Little Free Library

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Nov 052013

Little Free Library 

Our newly installed Little Free Library handcrafted from scrap materials by Josh Delaney.  Little free libraries are an idea that started in Wisconsin and now the little libraries can be found worldwide.  To learn more about the Little Free Library project:  http://littlefreelibrary.org/