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If an item you are interested in is not available on the shelf at your library, please ask a Library Staff member to request it or click on the blue "CATALOG" button above to search the catalog and place your own request.


By Susanne Stranc, Reference Librarian, Holmen 5/8/19

Have you ever gone to the library only to find out the book you need is already checked out or in another location? Our reference staff has purchased some titles that can be a solution to this problem. In addition to the print copy of the book we also offer online access to the contents of the book. While looking in the catalog if you see a small box under a title that says -> Available Online you can just click on that and enter your library barcode to sign in. Once there you have access to the Table of contents and can also browse or do a keyword search. The titles we have purchased are: Addictions, Substance Abuse & Alcoholism, American Reformers, Civil Disobedience, Social Justice, Nationalism & Populism, Violent Demonstrations and Race relations, Constitutional Amendments, Defining Documents in American History, and The Gun Debate.

The County Library system, with help from the Winding Rivers Library System, has some databases available through our webpage In addition to databases like Mango and ReferenceUSA which have already been reported on, there are the Gale courses. There is a wide array of courses available, too many to list here. A few that caught my interest, and also solved the problem of finding a book on the subject, are the College readiness courses. If you click on Test prep you can find courses on SAT and ACT preparation. Also GMAT, GRE and GED preparation. Under the Healthcare and Medical tab you can find courses on how to become a Veterinary assistant or open your own pet care business. Finally if you are looking for a sign language course just look under the Personal Development tab and Languages to discover the sign language course along with other language classes.

The Gale courses do require you to create a login and take the courses at a specific time and date. They are similar to taking an online course from a technical school or college but without a student loan or tuition payment.

An underutilized resource that your state tax dollars pay for is Badgerlink. A link to it can also be found on our homepage. Badgerlink is called Wisconsin’s online library. Besides just a magazine index [do some of you remember the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature?] it is licensed, trustworthy content not available from free search engines. There are many different databases that cover popular magazines and professional journals, most are full text. There is an auto repair database [for when the Chilton manual you need is unavailable]. There is HeritageQuest online which is somewhat like Ancestry in that it has census data but has other options too. The Learning Express Library caught my eye when trying to help a patron study for an exam. In addition to the usual college test prep it also has test prep for occupational exams such a postal worker, law enforcement, CDL, firefighting, teaching, social work, plumbing and many others.

Any of these databases are available from home or in our libraries. If you need assistance any of our staff can help you get started or set up a time with one of our reference librarians for a one-on-one session. All of this information and more is just a click away on the homepage of the La Crosse County Library at


By Sherri Sinniger, Onalaska Public Library 5/2/19

Senior Moments—a program for people ages 50 and over at the Onalaska Library—is continuing for 2019!
This program is funded by the Floyde and Ben Sias Fund. They were prominent members of the
Onalaska community, and left a legacy for the education of Onalaska citizens.

In March, we welcomed Dennis and Karen Vinar, authors of “How Did You Find Me?” They met as
young teens and had a baby who was given up for adoption. Years later, they reunited and found their

John Mitchell led a screening of his “Cheeseheads” movie, complete with cheese, sausage
and curds.

Fred Beseler gave a very popular presentation on “Women Air Force Pilots in WWII”. We
even had a fifth and sixth grade class come for an extra presentation.

Rochelle Pennington is a very popular and endeared speaker for seniors. She did not disappoint as she
took us on a tour “Down Memory Lane”.

Bob Taunt taught us about the intricacies and curiosities of American pocket watches.

Jim Draeger, freshly retired from the Wisconsin Historical Society, gave a great presentation about the
“Barns of Wisconsin”.

The murder of a young girl in 1926 near Seneca, Wisconsin was the topic of author Larry Scheckel and his wife Ann.

We finished out the spring season with an emotion filled presentation on the “Freedom Honor Flight”.
Bill Hoel shared memories and experiences of the veterans who have made the flight.

Our summer season begins July 11 with the Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge, Pools 7 and 8
sharing information about the wildlife and care of the refuge. Floating Gardens Aquaponics will show us
how food is grown in water, and let us taste some salad. “Falconry Through the Ages” will be presented
by River Valley Raptors, and Jim Backus, a wildlife photographer, will bring a presentation called
“Wolves are Wonderful”.

I am hard at work finding presenters for our fall season. We have had a wonderful time learning and
sharing each week at Senior Moments.

The Sias Fund has a new logo. It was designed by local resident, Bert Sasse.

Please pick up a bookmark with our summer schedule at any La Crosse County Library.


By Dawn Lippman, Youth Services 4/24/19

As the colors and birdsong of spring swiftly thread their way through the Coulee Region landscape, your La Crosse County Library is busy, too, celebrating a new and vibrant season of program offerings for our growing community.

This month, we honored National Library Week and transformative spring spirit with book-themed story times like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle’s beautifully illustrated children’s classic celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and remains a compelling tale of journey and metamorphosis (something we in the library get to enjoy through our work with youth and adults every day).

And now, as Youth Services ramps up plans for our Summer Library Program—Go Wild! READ! (registration begins May 28)—we look forward to welcoming the Coulee Region Humane Society to each of our five locations in May for special animal-themed story times geared toward ages 3 through 7. Maggie Hanson will present Creature Features that include books, animal introductions, and crafts—as well as opportunities to interact with live reptiles and mammals.

Bangor will host Hanson on Monday, May 6 at 10:15 am. She will present an evening program at Campbell on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 pm and at 10:15 am on Thursdays, May 2 and 9 in Holmen. She will visit Onalaska on Fridays, May 3 and 10 at 10:00 am and West Salem on Wednesdays, May 1 and 8 at 10:15 am. No sign-up is required. Please join us when and where you can.

While you are visiting, you can check out some of the latest animal books we have added to our collection. They range from lighthearted perspectives on relationships to transcendent explorations of hope and change.

Caldecott Honor Book The Rough Patch by Brian Lies offers a thoughtful and touching look into loss and renewal. A fox and his dog do everything together—until the time comes to say goodbye. While honoring the difficult reality of heartache, Lies weaves a story that expresses reverence toward the persistence and potential of beauty.

Angel in Beijing by Belle Yang provides a happy tale of friendship between a young girl and a kitten as the two make their way through some of the cultural landmarks and activities of the city. Kitty is lost and then found exactly where she is needed.

And Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann is a truth-based narrative featuring a police dog turned movie star. Strongheart must gather up all of his abilities to clear his name after being accused of a terrible crime.

In addition to our diverse collection of stories, we’re initiating a youth program series called Sias Saturdays, with funding provided by the Ben and Floyde Sias Library Trust Fund. We’ll host various performers at Onalaska on select Saturdays. First up is Pint Size Polkas with Uncle Mike on May 4 at 10:00 am. Mike first heard polka at the age of 5, and his love and enthusiasm for the dance music has only grown since then. In his first appearance at La Crosse County Library, kids of all ages will learn a polka version of The Chicken Dance and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes—all as part of a comedy-filled, high-energy program. The show is slated to last 45 minutes.

Be sure to stop by a La Crosse County Library location in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska or West Salem to check out our expanding collection and enjoy our story times and special events. We always look forward to seeing you. For more information, you can also visit our website at or email


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