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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!

Summer is in Full Swing

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Jul• 15•15

EvaBubbleWe’ve been having a ton of fun here at the library this summer!  Our Wild, Wild West programs have been a big hit and on Thursdays from 3-5 we’ve been hosting “Game Time” for area kids.  Here, one of our ambitious patrons is trying to blow the biggest bubble to win a 1-pound bag of gum!  This contest will be going on all summer, so kids 3rd – 7th grade can come in any Thursday and try to outdo this bubble, which is the biggest so far of the summer!

This week I’ve also cataloged a number of new DVDs. They are now on the shelf and ready to check-out!

  • Streets of Laredo & Return to Lonesome Dove (2 of the movies in the Lonesome Dove Saga)
  • Jaws 2 & 3 (we already have Jaws the original). Jaws the Revenge is on its way!
  • The Longest Ride (from the Nicholas Sparks book)
  • Every Which Way But Loose (Clint Eastwood)
  • Open Sesame (Documentary about the history of Seeds and their threatened future)
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (3rd Transformers Movie, others on the way)
  • A Beautiful Mind (Russell Crowe, true life story of John Nash, who recently passed on)
  • Purgatory (western with Sam Shepard)
  • Armageddon (Bruce Willis)
  • Expendables 2 & 3 (already have #1)
  • The Magnificent Seven (western with Yul Brynner)

Stop in to check out these or any of the other 1800+ dvds we have!!!

Hope to see you Soon at the Library!

Library Closed Saturday for July 4th

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Jul• 01•15

4thjulyThe Library will be Closed Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.  Have a safe and fun holiday!

We will be open again on Tuesday, the 7th at 9:00 a.m.

Summer Reading Program Registration is Open!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Jun• 14•15

ReadingLog15Registration is Open for the 2015 Summer Reading Program. Our theme this year is the “Wild, Wild West!”  Sign up at the Library THIS WEEK (Tue/Sat 9-2 & Wed/Thu 3-8) and pick up your Reading Log (pictured) to track your reading minutes! These logs are for preschool through 6th grades!

Can you read a minute for every mile on the Oregon Trail? If so, you’ll read 2,170 minutes this summer! I challenge all area kids to try it! There is a map and chart in the middle of the reading log to help you track your progress. Larger maps can be picked up at the Library too!

For 7-12th grades, pick up your bookmark to track your reading. Just 15 hours of reading earns you a gift card to the Marcus Cinemas or Barnes & Noble! You can earn up to 3 this summer!

If your kids are signed up for Summer School at Prairieview, I am coordinating to get them down to the Library for some of the programs so they can still participate in them. But do keep track of their reading ALL summer (I will send home logs with them on Wednesday this coming week of Summer School) because prize day is August 11th and Summer School will be done by then!

We’ll wind down our weekly programs with a Gold Rush Day on August 11th. Kids will get to pan for gold and turn in their nugget (and cash in reading minutes) for a prize!

Then we’ll close out the summer on August 18th with a Good Old-Fashioned Fun Day!  Join us for games and fun from the past!

And for 3rd-7th grades, something NEW this year: weekly hangout and games every Thursday at 3:00!  Drop by and stay cool in our central a/c and play some goofy games, fun games and silly games!

Community  members are welcomed to stop by and enjoy the programs as well; we’re always needing volunteers also, so please consider coming to help out (or sending your high school kids to earn community service hours!).

See you Soon at the Library!