De Soto Public Library

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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!



Come Get Yer Wild West Selfies!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Jun• 02•15

20150602_102808In Keeping with our Wild, Wild West Summer Theme, we’ve set up a section of our back wall for everyone to take their Wild West Selfies!  We have a variety of props for you to use!

Come have some fun this year in the Wild Wild De Soto!

Saturday Programs Next 2 Weeks! Don’t Miss Them!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - May• 29•15

harlanflickread book upcycleSaturday May 30th at 2:00 p.m., come hear Harlan Flick talk about his book Coins in a Half-Filled Jar as well as his life adventures!  Free Event for all! Refreshments will be served.


The following Saturday, on June 6th at 2:30 p.m. we’ll be getting a demonstration of some basic book-folding and upcycling techniques from Maureen Pogorzelski, a Stevens Point resident who creates beautiful items out of older books!!!

For a sneak peek at Maureen’s items, visit her website at:

We hope to see many patrons at both of these events; please come if you are able!  We are trying to increase program offerings to adults, so show your support for speakers and programs by attending!

See you soon at the Library!



New DVDs this week!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - May• 08•15

deadliest-catch-screenshot-1-350x233Much thanks to a local family who has donated a number of DVDs to the library recently!

Among them are Seasons 1-5 of Deadliest Catch!  If you’ve become a fan in more recent years and want to see how it all started, stop by for these!

Some additional DVD titles donated:

  • The Transporter / Transporter 2
  • Gone in 60 Seconds
  • Ride Along
  • The A-Team
  • Doom
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • Rules of Engagement (movie, not tv series)
  • The Skeleton Key
  • Escape from Planet Earth
  • The Bone Snatcher
  • ParaNorman
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Wrath of the Titans
  • Lone Survivor

Hope to see you Soon at the Library!

Don’t Forget–Incredible Bats Program Tomorrow!!!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Apr• 30•15

Friday, May 1st at 4:30 at the De Soto Community Center! Incredible Bats will be flying into town to redo last summer’s event (wherein they didn’t have the right equipment with them). This time around, they promise to have the full program (and, of course, the live bats who love to pose for pictures!) along!! Don’t miss it! Free Event for ALL ages & interests!

New TV Series at DPL!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Apr• 30•15

willandgraceAmong the new items at DPL this week are:

Seasons 1-6 of Will & Grace

The West Wing, all 7 seasons

30 Rock, Seasons 1 & 2

The Office, Season 1

Stop in to relive (or catch up) on TV favorites you may not have seen in full while they were on TV!   Watching the DVDs actually has an advantage over streaming (such as Netflix or Hulu) because you get all the extra features & behind-the-scenes interviews!





Today’s Family Movie: The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Apr• 25•15

lorax movieIn Honor of Earth Day (earlier this week) we’ll be showing “The Lorax” at 2:00 p.m. today for Family Fun Matinee! This movie is based on the beloved book by Dr. Seuss! Come join us at 2:00 for popcorn and The Lorax!

p.s. Sorry about the late notice of the actual movie title…

Upcoming Events at DPL!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Apr• 17•15

Here is a quick list of upcoming events through the end of May!


–THIS WEEK is National Library Week! Stop in to sign up to win a bookbag set and get a book or movie to enjoy!  For kids up to age 11, pick up a Culver’s drawing sheet and make a picture of your favorite book or character. First 25 returned get a coupon for a scoop of custard and 2 kids will win a kid’s meal! The Culver’s event goes through the end of April.


–Tuesdays at 10 a.m.: Storytime for all kids and caregivers.  While we always do something fun, here are a couple event themes that are coming up: May 12th: Dress Like A Farmer Day & May 26th: Star Wars Day.




–High School Movie Nights (6th grade+, all other adults welcomed also).  Upcoming dates are: April 23rd, May 7th & May 21st. Movie starts at 7:30. Come early if you want a vote on what to watch that evening!


–Saturday, April 25th: Family Movie Matinee. No decision yet on what movie we’ll be watching, but I will post it when I get it figured out!


incredible bats

–Friday, May 1st: INCREDIBLE BATS!  The Petersons, with their Egyptian Fruit Bats, who were here last August will be back to re-do their program, this time with ALL the program elements in place (technical difficulties in August). Be sure to come and see all they have to offer by way of knowledge and an up-close peek at a live Fruit Bat!!!  Fun and educational for ALL ages! 4:30 p.m. AT THE De Soto Community Center!!!


1007-guitar-clipart–Thursday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m.   Michael Wiese, a music teacher new to our community, would like to invite all people who might be interested in piano, guitar or bass guitar lessons to come get to know him and hear him play!  He teaches all ages and skill levels!  Come get some information and hear some good music!


–Saturday, May 30th at 2:00 p.m.  Harlan Flick will be joining us for a talk and discussion about his memories growing up in De Soto!





–And last but not least, our Summer Reading Program will kick off the week of June 16th. This year, we’re doing something a little different.  We’ll meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings (same time as Storytime) and have a program for all ages.  On Thursdays from 2-4, we’ll have games and fun, and re-do some of the activities that we did on Tuesday, so if you miss Tuesday, you can come on Thursday instead!

Our “Theme” this summer (different from the themes at other area libraries!) is going to be the “Wild, Wild West!”   We’ll learn about the Oregon Trail, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Paul Bunyan, the Pony Express, the Transcontinental Railroad and MORE!!!!!!!  Join us every week for some fun!!!  Kids starting 3rd-6th grade will have access to 4 e-books that can be read on tablets, computers or even phones! They are exciting mysteries that also related to the Wild Wild West theme.  Completing all 4 books will earn them a special reward!  At the end of the summer, we’ll all Pan for Gold in our own rowdy Wild Wild West Day!

Registration forms will be distributed through Prairieview and St. Charles early in May and can also be picked up at the library or emailed to you.  Kids 7th-12th grade can pick up their Independent Reading Bookmarks (to earn gift cards from the movie theater or Barnes & Noble) Starting June 16th as well!

Hope to see you soon at the library!