De Soto Public Library

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I’m Baaack, Thanks & New Movies

Written By: Cheryl Russell - May• 31•14

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To start with, I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Lynne David & Laura Naas for their excellent pinch-hitting the past two weeks while I ran between De Soto & Superior to take care of my daughter and new grandson!

It was very nice to know that I could take off and leave the library in such capable hands and I really do appreciate their help!!

And, that leads to the fact that I am back in residence here at DPL.  And since JUNE is now breathing (with sweaty breath, I might add) down our necks, I am happy to announce that the library now has central air conditioning! Yay!  Come in & relax in cool comfort & read a book or magazine, browse the internet or just sit & zen out!

Additionally, the Summer Reading Program is starting soon…I have a LOT to accomplish to get the ball rolling on that and I am STILL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS!  We need volunteers (high school or older) willing to read a book to the 2-8 year old set and help them with a weekly craft or simple science demonstration. All materials provided and you can even “practice” in advance at home with the book & demo.   Need at least 6 weeks still covered!

Or, if you’re really brave, you could try wrangling the 3-6th graders for a week or more. Their weekly get-together is less structured; they are going to do some experiments, play games & share info about the books they’re reading. But they do need supervision, of course!

If you’re interested in helping any WEDNESDAY between 1-3 p.m. this summer, please let me know!

NEW MOVIES for this week:

  • City of God (based on a True Story)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman)
  • Old Dogs (John Travolta & Robin Williams….one of the most hysterical scenes I’ve seen in recent years is in this movie!)
  • Wyatt Earp (Kevin Costner & Dennis Quaid)
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Judi Dench & Maggie Smith)
  • Contagion (Matt Damon & Laurence Fishburne)

Hope to See you Soon at the Library!


Hot off the Press! New Women’s Muder Club Book

Written By: Cheryl Russell - May• 07•14


This could be your lucky day…if you’re a fan of James Patterson and Maxine Paetro’s “Women’s Murder Club” series, the 13th book has just arrived at the library! Call or email if you want the book first!

Bird Day Events

Written By: Cheryl Russell - May• 06•14

birdcityemailSaturday is the De Soto Migratory Bird Festival in the village of De Soto and all area residents are invited to attend!

For those early birds among us, meet at the Community Center at 7:00 a.m. for a Guided Bird Walk led by Jordan Bingham, an experienced birder.

At 9:30 a.m., there will be a presentation by Wendy Woyczik from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She will talk about the importance of planting native species for the benefit of migratory birds.

Also at 9:30, kids will have a chance to do some bird origami and learn about bird banding (and practice being a bird who gets banded!).

Starting at 9:00 a.m., Plant Sale and Bake Sale!

National Library Week…has been “LOST”

Written By: Cheryl Russell - May• 01•14

april 14Yes, my fellow book lovers, April has passed us by.  And amidst the many days of this busy month, I completely forgot to celebrate (or even announce) National Library Week, which passed by more than 2 weeks ago.

I apologize for my delayed reaction to the month of April, but really, can you blame me? I’m as confused as a robin trying to wrest a worm from the barely thawed topsoil!  My seasonal psyche is stuck somewhere between February and March!

However, to remedy this situation, I’d like to invite all patrons to visit us in MAY and leave their name/phone number on a slip of paper (on the conference table) in the bucket provided.  We have some lovely “National Library Week” prizes to give away and you might be the lucky one to win a rubbery ducky reading a mystery novel, or a bookmark that keeps track of your reading time!

While the majority of the “prizes” are geared towards kids, there are some adult-oriented items, too (hey, even *I* would love a mystery-reading Rubber Duckie!).  You can sign up once per day throughout the month.

Additionally, new this week, LOST!  Yes, that never-ending TV series that drove us all mad several years ago!  We have just obtained the complete Seasons 1-5 (working on getting Season 6).  Maybe if I took the time to watch all the bonus features, I’d be able to figure out what that show really was all about???  It held the collective attention span of the entire country for six years so surely there MUST have been a point to it….right????

For those of you who wish some lighter DVD fare, try Season 1 of Gilligan’s Island.  Who doesn’t love Gilligan….the Skipper too….the Millionaire and his Wife…the Movie Star…and the rest (the original song did not mention The Professor and Marianne, tsk tsk)!

And finally, the show must go on:  your absentminded but always sincere librarian will be away from her post for a few days in May due to the birth of our first grandchild, who is due at any moment.  Never fear; faithful substitutes will do their very best to keep items checked in and out for you and I will be back as soon as I can tear myself away from the rocking chair!

Donate your thinned-out plants to the Bird Day Celebration!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - May• 01•14


As you may recall, last fall De Soto became a Bird City in Wisconsin.  The committee is planning a Migratory Bird Day and all area residents are invited to attend! More details about the day’s events to come, but we want to put out the call to all spring gardeners!

The bird day will also feature information on what to plant in your gardens to attract migratory birds.  If you want to thin out your current garden to make room for new plants, consider donating your thinned plants to the bird day’s Plant Sale!

Many perennials can be thinned & transplanted in the early spring & this is the time to do it!

Plants can be dropped off at the library prior to the day’s event. Please mark the plant so we know what it is (if it’s not obvious).  We’ll keep things watered & healthy between the library and Village office until the day of the event!

Any questions, call Carrie at the Village Office!

Showing at 2:00 TODAY! Planes!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Apr• 26•14


Family Matinee at 2:00 today! Join us for PLANES!

‘Burnin’ down the house’…Just Kidding!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Apr• 12•14


This week for Super Satur-DAZE we delved into the fine art of wood-burning. Participants drew designs on dried cedar planks and then ‘burned’ the design into the wood.

Overall, it was successful. One thing we learned: it’s not as easy as it looks!  But it sure was fun and even made us dream of campfires and roasting marshmallows (the smell of the wood charring).  Ahhhh.

For those who were not able to attend today’s events, we will have the supplies set up both WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY from 3-7 this week!

Join us and try out this fun craft!


Summer Reading Program Meeting Tomorrow

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Mar• 20•14

REMINDER: Thursday 7 p.m.FIZZ_BOOM_READ_logo Primary Stacked

Come to a meeting for all patrons interested in assisting with the Summer Reading Program for area youth!  Parents, community members, grandparents and students welcomed!

Refreshments will be served and kids are welcome to come and play during that time!

See you soon!

Milwaukee Bucks Read to Achieve!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Mar• 18•14

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Congratulations to Matthew, one of three local students who completed the Milwaukee Bucks “Read to Achieve” Challenge in 2014!  Those who complete the program win a free ticket to a Bucks game, which you can see that Matthew recently enjoyed!

We’ll be running the challenge again next year (starts just after the New Year) if the Bucks are offering it, but don’t let that stop you from reading all year long!!

The next reading challenge will be the Summer Reading Program which starts mid June. Don’t forget, all parents and community members who are interested in assisting this summer, we are meeting here at the library this Thursday the 20th at 7 p.m.  Kids can come along if necessary & play during the meeting. Refreshments will be provided!

Hope to see you soon at the library and CONGRATS to Matthew and the others who completed this year’s challenge!

ALL VHS being phased out!

Written By: Cheryl Russell - Mar• 15•14

The library’s VHS collection is being phased out and we’re selling all remaining VHS tapes for 4 for $1!  Get them before they’re gone!  We have kids’ movies, adult movies, documentaries, westerns, etc!  As of today, there are still approximately 360 movies available!