Book Sale
 April 24-27

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

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.

Desperate for spring

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Apr 192013

Lawn Gone

 Green Ideas For Your Lawn

I so want spring to finally arrive that I’m sharing this title with you.  Maybe it will help hurry spring along. Spring is nearly here and that means many of us are spending hours with our lawnmower each weekend. Lawn Gone! by Pam Penick offers appealing alternatives to tedious lawn maintenance. Low-mow lawns and lawn-like mixes of flowers and grass are just some of the options described. If you’re tired of spending time and money on pesticides, fertilizer and continuing care of your ever-growing grass, consider the earth-friendly alternatives in Lawn Gone!

Happy D.E.A.R. Day!

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Apr 122013


D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. The official event date, April 12th, is the birthday of author Beverly Cleary. Read all about D.E.A.R. here!