Vietnam Vet and retired Plainview Police Chief, Joe Kaupa, will be at the library this Saturday Oct. 18th at 10:30 a.m.

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Joe Kaupa will be at the library this Saturday Oct. 18th at 10:30 a.m. to talk about his new book, Protect & Serve: One Man’s Journey From Vietnam to Law Enforcement. At the library, you will have the opportunity to buy the book and hear from Joe himself on how the book evolved. It will be a casual atmosphere where you can ask questions and reminisce. So, join us this Saturday. Here is an excerpt from the book: “This is a true story of the life of a young man growing up in rural Southeastern Minnesota, graduating from Plainview High School, joining the military immediately after graduation, getting married to his childhood sweetheart, starting to raise a family and getting his orders to Vietnam. The book tells of his long year in Vietnam and what he and his fellow Vietnam Brothers went through. The final part of the story tells of his twenty-nine years as a law enforcement officer in rural Minnesota and the true experiences that he dealt with — the sadness, the pain, and the stress — Dangerous situations that not only happen in big cities, but also in small rural cities also. Readers will have a better understanding of what the Vietnam soldier went through and what a police officer and his family goes through each and every day. After reading this book, they will have a greater respect for the men and women that wear the badge. This is a true story, I know, because his is my story.”

Writer’s workshop is part of author visit this Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.!

Hanel_author photo_1_3x4Rachel Hanel, a Minnesota Book Award finalist and University of MN professor of writing, will also do a short workshop for writer’s this Saturday, October 11th, at the library. She has written more than twenty nonfiction books for children, and her essays have been published in the Bellingham Review and New Delta Review. Join us this Saturday. For SeptOberfest, authors at the library on Saturday mornings for the next three weeks!

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’S NEW LIBRARY CATALOG

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.