De Soto Public Library

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Meg-Tangle is Back!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Feb• 21•15

One of Meg's designs she just "whipped out" tonightJoin us Thursday, March 5th for another class in ‘Meditative Doodling’ (à la Zentangle) with Meg Buchner!

The class will start at 6 and takes at least an hour, maybe more depending on your own personal creation and how much time you want to take on it. Supplies are provided and no experience is necessary.

Space is limited so sign up right away by calling the library at 608-648-3593 or via email to: !

For those who took the class in November, Meg has a special challenge awaiting! She will also teach the basics for first-timers! So even if you’ve done this before, join us again!

Hope to see you soon at the library!

Got the Winter Blues??

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Jan• 24•15

If Ole’ Man Winter is getting you down, take advantage of the programs and features of your local Library!  Here is a quick breakdown of what happens at DPL on a regular basis:

  • Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.: Story and Craft time for toddlers and preschoolers! Social time, fun and casual. Come when you’re able; no registration required.
  • Every Other Thursday at 7:30 p.m.:  Teen Movie Night for 6th grade through young adult (under 21).  Popcorn & a movie, BYO soda, no food.  Upcoming dates for movie night are January 29th, February 12th & February 26th.  Movies are chosen by boys one time, girls the next and then Librarian’s Choice or majority vote.
  • Family Movie Matinee:  Last Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m.  Family-Friendly movie and popcorn. Bring your own soda if you’d like.  No food, please.
  • Work With You Hands on Wednesdays: bring along your crochet, knitting, hand-sewing, tatting, cross-stitch or other portable project. 6 p.m.  Cocoa & tea and chit-chat.

There are always good ideas floating around and we’re willing to consider all ideas!  One recent suggestion is an adult “coloring book” night.  There are amazing, detailed “coloring books” printed for adults who like the joy of coloring but need the challenge of something harder.  If you’re interested in this type of an event, let us know!!

And of course, don’t forget that we have books, dvds, audio books, music cds and a wealth of items available through Inter-Library Loan!  Utilizing your local library is very important as a large portion of our funding is directly related to circulation statistics. So, if you have the chance, consider getting your items through us!

NEW this week in DVDs:

  • Season 1 of Modern Family
  • Season 1 of Warehouse 13
  • Season 1 of CSI: New York
  • The Anne of Green Gables Collection (TV miniseries starring Megan Follows),
  • The Addams Family & The Adamms Family Values
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy (Charlton Heston)
  • The Bible…In the Beginning (Peter O’Toole)
  • Demetrius and the Gladiator
  • The Robe (Richard Burton)
  • set of 8 British Cinema Classics.

Hope to see you soon at the Library!

Come See Our Updated Look & HOLLY-DAZE Starts Saturday!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Dec• 05•14

Reminder: Sign up now for your 3rd Annual Holly-Daze Timeslot!  Choose a date: Saturday the 6th or Saturday the 13th  Choose a Time: 2, 3, 4 or 5 p.m. (takes approximately 1 hour).  All area kids 2-12 are invited to come to the library and do some holiday crafting and make gifts for family and friends. This is a FREE event for all area families!  Kids under 7 should be accompanied by a parent or older sibling who can assist with crafting. Older kids can be dropped off if desired.  Cookies & holiday music, too! Join us!

Thanks to the following people who volunteered their time to come help update the library’s floor plan and look!

  • Lynne David
  • Jerry Manhart
  • Paul Stovenel
  • Russell Boardman
  • Deb & Dennis Hayes
  • Tom Thor & Bonnie
  • Marcia Sarnowski & Kristin Anderson from WRLS
  • Carol Dagnon
  • The Lomprey Family
  • The Russell-Miller Family
  • Peggy Klein from Sparta Public Library

Without the help of each of these people, we wouldn’t have accomplished what we did in 1 short week!  Here are some pictures: reorganize1 Reorganize2 reorganize4 reorganize5 reorganize6 reorganize7 reorganize8 reorganize9 reorganize11 reorganize12

Library Closing for a Week!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Nov• 20•14

In order to rearrange our floorplan and install some updated shelving, the library will be CLOSED from Sunday, November 23rd through Monday, December 1st.

We will need volunteers to help with various relocating projects, so if you’d like to volunteer for some time, call the library and leave a message (608-648-3593) or email:

I plan to be there on Monday-Wednesday from 9-5, with a break for lunch when it’s convenient in the work flow.  Then nobody will be at the library Thursday and Friday (Thanksgiving), but I will be back at it Saturday-Monday again.

If we get all the shelving rearranges and the books all back in place by Sunday evening, we’ll be putting up the holiday decor on Monday.

Have a nice Thanksgiving holiday and come visit us starting December 2nd to see our new floorplan!


Holly-Daze for Kids Sign Up Open Now!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Nov• 20•14

hollyYes, it’s time for area kids 2-12 to create gifts for their family members!  This year’s Holly-Daze will be held Saturday, December 6th & Saturday, December 13th.

Kids sign up for a 1-hour time slot to come to the library, create 2-3 homemade gifts for family and wrap them all up to go!

Holiday treats and Cocoa too!

Sign up for your preferred date (6th or 13th) and your preferred time slot (2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.).  To sign up, EMAIL the library at: . Or leave a voicemail at 608-648-3593!  You can also pick up registration forms at the library. They were sent home November 19th with Prairieview Students so check your parent folders!

Space is limited, so sign up early for your best choice of time and date. We will confirm all registrations to let you know if your time/date is good!

Hope to see you soon at the library!

Meditative Doodling a Real Hit!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Nov• 20•14

Thanks to Meg Buchner, local teacher and artist, for teaching a “Zen” Doodling class tonight at the library!  As you can see, all had a great time and really worked their inner artist!  If you’re interested in future Zen-Doodle events, let us know! We may do a monthly “Doodle” Night even if there are people who want to doodle with us!

Eva's bold color scheme really pops!

Eva’s bold color scheme really pops!

Christine completed 2 really nice pieces!

Christine completed 2 really nice pieces!

Bonnie's simple "spidey" is really neat!

Bonnie’s simple “spidey” is really neat!

Bonnie's subdued grey and green is awesome!

Bonnie’s subdued grey and green is awesome!

Michelle & Ashley showed us how it's done!

Michelle & Ashley showed us how it’s done!

Vin looking very "artsy"

Vin looking very “artsy”

Mac's red theme is stunning!

Mac’s red theme is stunning!

One of Meg's designs she just "whipped out" tonight

One of Meg’s designs she just “whipped out” tonight

Love the "strings of pearls"

Love the “strings of pearls”

Elly was in heaven!

Elly was in heaven!

Leilani is lost in her drawing

Leilani is lost in her drawing

Vin instructed all the girls

Vin instructed all the girls

Silas is an old hand at this!

Silas is an old hand at this!

Christine traded a paintbrush for a pencil!

Christine traded a paintbrush for a pencil!

A couple of zen-students

A couple of zen-students

Z's doodle

Z’s doodle

Heather relaxing as she doodles

Heather relaxing as she doodles

Tom proves that Real Men DO Zen-Doodle!

Tom proves that Real Men DO Zen-Doodle!

May the Force Be With You!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Sep• 30•14

YodaEnjoy These Movies, You Will!

Now ready for check-out: the complete Star Wars Saga on both Blu-Ray AND DVD!

Family Movie Matinee 2 p.m. today!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Sep• 27•14




Fall Lineup of Programs at DPL!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Sep• 06•14

storytimeStorytime is Back on Tuesday mornings! Starting September 9th, we’ll be having Preschool (and homeschooled) Story, Craft & snack!  No registration required, just come when you’re able.  All kids & caregivers invited!! Please let the library know in advance if your kids have special dietary needs, so we can plan snack accordingly.


Every other Thursday (starting September 18th) is Middle School / High School / Young Adult Movie Night. 7:30 at the Library.  Popcorn & water provided, wrapped/boxed candy and soda can be carried in.  Please NO pizza/chips/other foods!!  Participants can be dropped off for this program. End times will vary depending on movie shown. If participants cannot behave appropriately, they will be required to have a parent in attendance with them in the future.

FAMILY MOVIES will also be back. The LAST Saturday of each month (Sept-May) we’ll have a family-friendly movie and popcorn at 2 p.m. here at the library!!!

knittingWork With Your Hands WEDNESDAYS!  New this fall, we’re encouraging all those who knit, crochet, tat, embroider, cross stitch, or do other hand-crafts (plastic canvas, embroidery, hand quilting, etc.) to gather on Wednesday evenings and spend a few hours on your projects!  From 6-8, we’ll have hot tea and cocoa (and maybe even some refreshments now & again?) and work on projects, share techniques and perhaps even teach each other a thing or two!


Also, no exact date yet, but soon we’ll be hosting a Saturday class in ZENTANGLE! A fun and simple way to relax while doodling a beautiful piece of artwork. Local artist and teacher Meg Buchner will be sharing with us the basic forms used in Zentangle and some new books on the subject are on the way!  Basic supplies will be provided for this class.  Stay tuned for more details and a date!!


We’d like to start a Book Club, but much as I’d like to add one more program, I just don’t have the time to organize and lead a book club. HOWEVER, I’d love to have a local patron choose a monthly (or bi-monthly) book and lead a discussion on it! I can take care of getting multiple copies of a book borrowed from other libraries and distributing them to the book club members. Would YOU be willing to choose the books and lead a lively, fair and honest discussion? IF SO, please let me know!!


Our 3rd Annual Labyrinth Tournament will take place on Saturday, November 15th in conjunction with International Games Day!  Join us for a variety of board and card games and learn to play this simple, but challenging, game for ages 5-100!  Refreshments too!

Of course, there are dozens of more great ideas I have for programs at the library, but time, space and additional help aren’t always in abundance here.  However, if you’ve got a great idea for a program we could host and you’d be willing to help plan, please let us know!

Hope to see you Soon at the Library!



Batty for Books? Free special program THIS WEEK!!!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Aug• 09•14

Wednesday, August 13th 2 p.m. at the De Soto Community Center!!

FREE Special Event for all ages!!! 

Incredible Bats:   Dan and Sharon Peterson from the Chicago area will be in town to teach us about the science of bats and why they are so important to our ecology, as well as dispel common myths about bats. They will be bringing their own, hand raised,  live Egyptian Fruit bats and African Straw-Colored bats to demonstrate (the bats will not be flying loose or able to hurt anybody, but you also will NOT be allowed to touch the bats 🙂

We’ll have refreshments and bat crafts and bat activities for kids!  Come enjoy this special opportunity to see some of the most beautiful bats on the planet (by the way, did you know that nearly 1/4 of the mammal species on this planet are BATS????).  Learn about bats and come to appreciate the amazing things they do for our planet!

Please note: this program replaces our weekly kids’ summer reading program for the week!  Our FINAL week for SRP will be August 20th at the Library! Prizes for all kids!!! Come celebrate the reading you did this summer!