Good news! eBooks and downloadable audiobooks have direct links now in our online Library Catalog

Overdrive (our vendor for eBooks and downloadable audiobooks) is now imported directly to the Wabasha online Library Catalog (link on the right hand side of this screen, or if you have an iPad or iPhone, it would be at the bottom of your screen). What this means for patrons is our Library Catalog can now be used to download, request, and (to the same small extent as the OverDrive catalog) return eBooks directly. The My Account section also includes information on digital checkouts and requests. We are always looking for ways to make things easier for you

Bookmark Contest at Wabasha Library

Bookmark Contest to start at the Wabasha Public Library on July 21st.
Create a bookmark to promote reading. Pictures and words must be
drawn using crayons, markers, pencils. etc.
Write students name, grade and phone number on back of form provided by the library.
3 age groups
1st-3rd grade 4th-6th grade 7th-12th grade
Bookmarks are due 8/4/2014

PAWS TO READ Summer Reading Program

The Wabasha Summer Reading Program sign up will begin May 27th-June 3rd. Each child will receive a reading chart to record books your child reads or you read to them. Special Programs will be:
May 30th Friday 11 a.m. MHS Fur Trader
June 4th Climb Theater Wednesday 11 a.m.
June 6th Randy Brock from KTTC Friday 11 a.m.
June 11th Worm Races Wednesday, 3 p.m.
June 13th Yoga Story time Friday, 11 a.m.
June 18th Magician Norm Barnhart Wednesday, 11 a.m.
June 20th Dairy Princess Friday 11 a.m.
June 25th K-9 Dog Demo Wednesday 11 a.m.
June 27th READ Therapy Dog Friday, 11 a.m.
June 30th Stuffed Animal Sleepover
July 9th Range Ed Wednesday 11 a.m.
July 21st Bookmark Contest Begins- August 3rd
July 31st Last Day to return charts

Author to speak on architecture of Old Frontenac with lunch at Anderson House this Monday May 12th – get your tickets!

The 3rd Annual Friends of The Wabasha Public Library old frontenacAuthor Luncheon is Monday, May 12. It will be from 11:30-12:30 at Katie’s Room at the Anderson House. Remember to buy your ticket at the Library. Tickets are $15.00 per person and include lunch and program. The author is Ken Allsen, who wrote a history of Old Frontenac, MN. Lunch will be a sandwich (on Rachel’s homebaked organic bread), soup and beverage. Seating is limited.

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SELCO Libraries are pleased to announce the launch of a new library catalog on April 1, 2014! After conducting usability tests with the public and applying two months worth of staff feedback, we believe that the new catalog will offer you, our patrons, greater features both functional and fun. You now have the option to view your account right within the same web page where you still are able to see what items you have requested and checked out, but now you can also pay any outstanding fines right online. Our search capabilities have been beefed up and now allow you to get very specific in what you might be looking for.
Enhanced features such as book cover art similar to the previous catalog get an extra boost with embedded reviews from trusted sources and a new Home Room feature on the main page has already been set up with different Rooms to help you find all your favorites in a particular area.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your library staff.

Big Library Read

Big Library Read – Keys to the Kitchen

OverDrive will be offering another Big Library Read program running February 17 to March 5. Library program is similar to a community reading program except that it is an eBook available to all OverDrive-using libraries. The book is available to all users simultaneously for the duration of the program. Go to and check it out.

The title for this session is the cooking eBook, “Keys to the Kitchen” by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp.

Food Network and Cooking Channel star Aida Mollenkamp lays an invaluable foundation for cooks in Keys to the Kitchen. This comprehensive manual collects more than 300 innovative, contemporary recipes as well as color photographs, plenty of informative illustrations, a substantial technique primer, and helpful how-to information on subjects as wide-ranging as rust removal, throwing a cocktail party, and knife skills. For members of the tech-savvy new generation who can’t cook but want to, this essential reference guide makes an ideal starting place and for those already at ease in the kitchen it’s full of “who knew” moments for expanding their repertoire of great recipes.

Your library doesn’t need to do anything for your patrons to participate in this program if you use the OverDrive collection. However, please feel free to market this to get more readers engaged both in this program and the eReading experience in general! OverDrive has provided a promotional kit on their site.

Katie Knutson, Storyteller at the Wabasha Public Library

KatieKnutsonSCCC10StorySlam-PhotoByChris-HibbsJoin us on December 7th at 11:00 a.m. for a special program featuring Katie Knutson, a professional storyteller. Katie will be telling a variety of “winter stories’ to celebrate Old Fashioned Christmas in Wabasha. Katie has been capturing audiences with her energetic storytelling since 1994. Her programs engage children in their learning, encourage self-expression, teach character education, and foster a love of reading and telling stories.

Call the Wabasha Public Library at 651-565-3927 with any questions.

Katie Knutson’s performance was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Local historical newspapers available through new database

We are adding a new link to our website and on our online library catalog for historical newspapers in Wabasha County The earliest newspaper, May 9, 1857, was in Reads Landing and only one newspaper was published because the owners, who were brothers, went boating the day that the new newspaper was printed and unfortunately drowned in Lake Pepin! It wouldn’t be until January 5, 1861 that another newspaper was printed in the Wabasha area. Copyright prevents putting the historical newspapers online after 1923 at this point, but, each year, more will be available. It is through the cooperation of local newspaper owners, such as our Wabasha County Herald, the Minnesota Historical Society, and additonal funding through MN legacy funds and our regional library system, SELCO, that we were able to digitize the newspapers to put them online through this database. Here is the link Ask the librarian for help in keyword searching. They will be great for genealogy research. We also still have the newspapers available at the library on microfilm from 1861 – 2009. Give the new database a try and keep checking back as it is improved after this first roll out.