De Soto Public Library

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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!


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–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!

Hedgehog Party a Prickly Success!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Apr• 16•15

Thanks to Russell Boardman for sharing his pet hedgehogs with the community recently.  We had 43 visitors that morning to see the prickly patrons!  The door prizes were enjoyed and various crafts and coloring sheets were appreciated by the kids.

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ZenDoodle With Meg in March

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Apr• 16•15

Here are some great pics from our Zen-Doodling Event in march with Meg Buchner! Thanks to her for all her inspiration and for the watercolor-tiles that we experimented with this time! Great results!! 20150312_192748 20150312_192313 20150312_192255 20150312_191204 20150312_191139 20150312_190346 20150312_190245 20150312_190156 20150312_190140 20150312_190120 20150312_185944 20150312_185918 20150312_185752 20150312_182523 20150312_182458 20150312_182449 20150312_182236


Spring Cleaning!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Apr• 16•15

Thank You to Elly & Leilani for cleaning out our flower boxes and sweeping away all the accumulated leaves behind them!

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New Movies to Start Your March to Spring!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Mar• 07•15

intothewoodsoriginalI know it. You know it.  Reading the book is always better than seeing the movie, right? And original movies are generally better than their remakes.  Well, although I haven’t yet seen the recent movie Into the Woods, I am willing to hazard a guess that the original is…well, yeah, probably better.

In this case, it’s not a book I’m talking about, however, but the Original Broadway Production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods starring Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason (who, btw, won a Tony Award for her performance in this production), Chip Zien and many other fabulous talents!

If you know absolutely nothing about the concept of Into the Woods, let me give you the 30-second rundown.  First there’s Cinderella, Jack (of future beanstalk fame) and a lowly baker and his wife. They all want things from life that they haven’t yet found or received.  They whine and cry about their misfortune, as we are all wont to do at times.

Mix in a witch with a backstory, a pair of philandering princes, a young girl with a healthy appetite and a lustful wolf and you have a brilliant, seamless weaving of fairy tales with a beautiful musical score, memorable lyrics and hilarity you can’t even imagine until you’ve seen it.  And all that whining and crying about their misfortune…ahhh, this is a fairy tale: it’s supposed to all turn out perfect in the end, right? I won’t spoil the end for you, but I will say it’s one you won’t soon forget!

My personal prejudice aside, Glenn Close might carry the new film well. And until I actually see the movie version, I’ll try not to pass final judgment, but after seeing this Broadway production several times in the past 15 years, I wonder if anything can compare.  I have never even gone to see a local production of it, for fear it wouldn’t be as satisfying as the Broadway version.

We will be getting the movie version when it’s released later this spring, but to give everybody else the chance to enjoy the Original version of this play (the way it was written to be seen), we just got in the dvd of the Broadway version with the original cast.

So, I strongly encourage everybody who loves Broadway, musicals or fairy tales to become familiar with this original production, available now for loan!

Also new this week:

  • Once Upon a Mattress – movie remake of the Broadway play. Stars Carol Burnette and Zooey Deschanel
  • The Expendables – (1st in the series) starring Sylvester Stallone (1st movie)
  • Bridesmaids – starring Melissa McCarthy
  • 21 Jump Street – starring Tatum Channing

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the warm weather coming our way will be a real, honest-to-goodness SPRING!

Hope to see you soon at the library!