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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!


I’m Baaack, Thanks & New Movies

Written By: Cheryl Russell - May• 31•14

thank you butterfly

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!