De Soto Public Library

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It’s the D.O.G.S. Days of Summer Here in De Soto!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Aug• 06•16

DOGS puppet show flier Letter Sized

Don’t Miss this One-Time Event! Let’s Show Our Support for a CLEAN Mississippi River and Clean Earth!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Jul• 19•16

Week 6 of “Sink Your Teeth Into A Good Book” has us celebrating Spongebob & Mermaids! The 2nd Spongebob Movie, “Sponge Out of Water” is our movie of the week! We will be showing it Wednesday & Thursday this week at 3 p.m. with snacks~ Stop in to enter a drawing for our Spongebob prizes too! Keep on a Reading! Beat the Heat at the Library!!!

Upcoming Events for June…Under The Sea in the Library!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Jun• 08•16

20160608_161904_resizedUpcoming Events! JUNE is a BUSY BUSY month here at DPL!20160608_161932_resized
Starting this weekend, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., meet local writer Jason Crager and hear him talk about his book of short stories titled “Unbridled Humanity”. Light refreshments will be served.
20160608_162126_resized“Sink You Teeth Into A Good Book” is starting up on TUESDAY, JUNE 14th. At 10:00 a.m., all ages are welcomed to join us for a water party in the parking lot! Beware: the water will be colored, so don’t wear anything you’re not willing to get wet & colored! Also, color a bookbag to tote your summer reads around, and pick up a reading log to track your minutes! Prizes for readers at the end of the program, including special MEDALS for the TOP 3 readers of the summer!!
20160608_162105_resizedEVERY TUESDAY after that at 10:00 a.m. we’ll have some fun times with ocean-themed programs! All ages are welcomed at the programs, but they are planned with the 4-10 year olds in mind. But hey, all of us have a little kid inside, so join us!!
WEDNESDAYS from 3 to 5 is KID HANG OUT here at DPL. We’ll have Snack & games or movies. Starts June 15th! Meant for 5th grade & up, but younger kids can come if supervised.20160608_161818_resized
20160608_162004_resizedBE A SEA-WEEDER! We have our wall of algae up & running now & it’s KIDS VS. ADULTS here all summer long! All reading that’s tracked and reported by both groups will earn 1″ of SEAWEED growth per 1 hour of reading! Let’s SEA who can get their seaweed to grow the most!!!!!!
20160608_162036_resizedSATURDAY JUNE 18th is, of course, the first (of many, we hope) Winneshiek Landing Days here in De Soto! Cottonwood Park will be busting with all sorts of vendors, fun & history. In addition, at the LIBRARY we will have a bike safety skills presentation at 11:00 AND we will be honoring ‘International Knit In Public’ day from 12:00 to 2:00. Bring along your knitting or crocheting and a lawn chair (if you don’t want to use a folding chair). We’ll sit out and enjoy the nice weather and refreshments. Indoors if rainy.
And our Vernon County Read-Along is coming along well; our 7 copies of “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Kruger are going out as fast as they come back in! August 18th will be our local book discussion on the book and August 25th will be the author presentation in Viroqua! Stop by any Vernon County Library for information about this event & read the book!20160608_162021_resized
Just to give you a peek, here are a couple pics of our very-highly-decorated “Under The Sea” Library for the summer!!! Stop by to see all the neat displays and come to our programs weekly if you’re able!20160608_161921_resized

Author Event June 11th

Written By: Cheryl Russell - May• 28•16

unbridled humanity

Coming up: Saturday June 11th at 2:00 p.m.,
DPL will be hosting local writer Jason Crager who will discuss his book of short stories, Unbridled Humanity: A Collection of Disturbing Tales, available on He will have copies available for purchase at the event as well.
We have a copy of the book available for checkout if you’d like to read it in advance of the event!
Refreshments will be served. Join us to support local authors & their endeavors!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - May• 20•16

Summer Reading for Adults? YES!!! This summer, ALL of the Vernon County Libraries are working together to get as many people to read the book “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger of Minnesota (author of the Cork O’Connor series). This book was a NY Times Bestseller when released in 2014 and won an Edgar award that year as well. It is an amazing book that will stay with you for a long time to come!
Here is a youtube video that Wesbty Library put together to “introduce” the themes of the book! see below

We have 7 copies to circulate around De Soto this summer, so PLEASE email the library to get on a list & we’ll call you when a copy is available for you!
THE BEST PART: On August 25th, the Author will be hosting a talk about his book and meet/greet in Viroqua! See the fliers about town & at the library for details! Only through the cooperative effort of ALL of the Vernon County libraries have we been able to organize this event for YOU! Please consider joining us by 1. reading the book, 2. attending a book discussion (list of locations/times at the library) and 3. attending the event with the author!

New Movies for April

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Apr• 16•16

Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!
Lego Ninjago: Seasons 1 & 2
21 Jump Street (movie remake)
Oblivion (Tom Cruise/Morgan Freeman)
The Transporter 1 & 2
Identity Thief (Jason Bateman/Mellissa McCarthy)
The Fault In Our Stars (based on the bestselling book)
The Peanuts Movie
The Book Thief (Geoffrey Rush/Emily Watson)

Enjoy a movie….after spending the day in our beautiful weekend weather!!!!!!

Classic Movie Night Thursday the 17th!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Mar• 16•16

TOMORROW EVENING: our Classic Movie Night happens to fall on St. Patrick’s Day, so we will be enjoying this 1952 classic: The Quiet Man starring John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara. No, it’s not a Western, as John Wayne is known for, but it is an excellent movie (or so I’ve been told, I have not actually seen it myself) and was the first American feature filmed in the lush Irish countryside!!! Winner of 2 Oscars!
The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs just over 2 hours long. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (who stays with them the whole time).
We generally bring a little potluck snack to share, but not required.
The library closes to the public for other purposes at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays. Only those viewing the movie will be allowed to stay past 8:00 p.m. Thanks!
Hope to see you Tomorrow for ‘The Quiet Man’!

Beat the Winter Blues for Kids!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Jan• 20•16

Winter Opportunities for Kids!

First, The NBA & Milwaukee Bucks’ “Read to Achieve” program is now in full swing! Pick up your list of requirements and bookmark (for tracking reading) at the De Soto Public Library! If your child reads 250 pages (grades 1 through 8), they will earn a free ticket to a Bucks game in March!

Also, children K-3rd grade are invited to participate in the PBS Kids Writer’s Contest, an annual event hosted by Wisconsin Public Television. For info on the program and address to send entries, contact Holli at 608-265-5035 or at

Keep those kids busy reading & writing to beat the winter blues!

HOLLY-DAZE is Back! December 5th & 12th

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Dec• 02•15

holly Join us for our 4th Annual HOLLY-DAZE for kids! December 5th & 12th, kids 3-12 (flexible on ages) sign up for a 1-hour time slot to create 3 gifts for family & friends, all wrapped up & ready to go! Kids under 7 need an older sibling (12+) or adult to help them with craft items. Older kids can be dropped off if desired.

Parents can wait in the wings & enjoy some refreshments!

Times are 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 or 5:00 each Saturday. 1:00 on the 5th is already filled up.

To sign up (sign up is required, so we don’t have an overload of kids in any given hour), EMAIL the library: Let us know 1. Names of kids attending 2. Which date 3. Preferred time slot. We will email a confirmation back.

If unable to email, please call Cheryl at 608-738-8660 and leave voice mail with the same information.

The Log Flume is Here!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Jul• 21•15


LogFlume1Thanks to Dan & Sarah Rowe for making this awesome Log Flume for us to play with this week!!  Come by anytime the library is open this week to “race” a “log” down the flume with a friend!!!!!!  Fun for all ages!!!!!

Next week we’ll be learning about the Transcontinental Railroad and Racing to build our railroad across the country (aka, our parking lot) in 2 teams!  10 a.m. Next Tuesday Morning!

For kids 3rd-7th grade, don’t forget our Thursday game & hang out time!

Hope to see you soon at the library!