Jan 102014

The library has added a new eBook lending site to the list of digital products available with your Menomonie library card.  Freading provides always available eBooks.

In order to download Freading eBooks, it is necessary to have Adobe Digital Editions installed into your computer.   Product Page: http://www.adobe.com/go/digital-editions-2.0-dlpage

Freading also has mobile apps for iOS and Android:  iPhone and iPad | Android

Oct 182013

Growing Wisconsin Readers


How to read effectively with babies, toddlers, and young children.  An initiative from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

There are lots of ways to read with your child. Reading can happen at bedtime, on the bus, while you are waiting for an appointment, or after a meal. Any time you have a book to read and a place to sit is a good time to look at books together. Parents, grandparents, siblings, and caring adults are all important readers for young children. Sit close with your child—in your lap, side by side, on a chair, or in bed. Point at the pictures and ask questions. Take time to listen to your child’s responses. Read favorite books over and over and find new books at the library.

Visit the library to get more information and visit GrowingWisconsinReaders.org

Sep 202013

banned books week 

September 22-28 is Banned Books Week.  Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.   List of 2012′s most banned books:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
May 282013

Groundbreaking Reads 

The kids aren’t the only ones that enjoy summer reading.  Join our summer reading program for adults for a chance to win fabulous prizes! 

June 12th—July 31st

  • Read for enjoyment, information or relaxation.
  • Weekly prize drawings every Thursday morning starting June 20th
  • Other prizes drawn on July 31st

How to participate

—Read adult books or listen to adult audiobooks of your own choosing. Our library booklists may help you find good books.

—Fill out an online review form (starting June 17th) for each book you read or listen to!

—You can also fill out a “Groundbreaking Reads @ Your Library!” book review form and drop it in the box near the adult reference desk in the library.

—Read (and submit forms for) at least 4 books by Sunday, July 28th

—Please enter only adult library books read or heard this summer. The program is open to those 18 and older. First form submitted acts as program registration. Weekly prize winners will be drawn on Thursdays from the previous week’s entries. Weekly prizes are a gift card to a local business.

Pick out a “like-new” used book at the Friends Book Sale area every time you submit 4 book review forms.

Important dates

First day you may turn in book review: Monday, June 17th

Last day you may turn in book review: Tuesday, July 30th

This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Menomonie Public Library.