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Dee Ehrsam, Onalaska Library Staff 8/15/19

“Let Her Fly – A Father’s Journey” by Ziauddin Yousafzai is an inspirational story of a man from Pakistan. He also is the father of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. Growing up in a patriarchal society, Ziauddin had accepted the values of the culture. However, as a teen, he began to question everything he had taken for granted. Under the old patriarchal ideas, women were “protected” by society. That meant they had no freedoms, no education, and they would be slaves to the men in their family. However, Ziauddin had learned through his mother, his sisters, and other women that love and kindness are important values of life. Ziauddin states in his book, “Love is respect. Love is equality. Love is justice.”

As an adult, Ziauddin became a teacher, and started a school. Believing the power of the women of Pakistan was undiscovered and underestimated, he became an advocate for the education of women. He stood up to the Taliban for the dreams and rights of girls, even after the Taliban declared a ban on the education of girls. The Taliban eventually destroyed over 400 schools.

Ziauddin continued to campaign against the Taliban, and his daughter Malala joined him in voicing support for the education of women. In 2012, Malala was attacked and shot in the head by the Taliban. She has recovered and continues to be an advocate for women worldwide. Her book, “I am Malala: How one girl stood up for education and changed the world,” by Malala Yousafzai, can also be checked out from your La Crosse County Library.

As a reminder, the Ben and Floyde Sias Foundation generously funds adult senior programs designed to offer learning and entertainment for adults over age 50. These free “Senior Moments” programs meet on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am with coffee and treats for all at the La Crosse County Library Onalaska location. The upcoming program schedule through the end of 2019 includes:

- August 28, Matilda Olkin: The Anne Frank of Lithuania by Dr. Harry Jol, UW-Eau Claire
- September 11, What’s Cooking on the Farm? By Inga Witscher, Wisconsin Public Television Chef
- September 18, The Return of the Trumpeter Swan by Randy Jurewicz
- September 25, Black Hawk Wars: The End of the Trail by Maynard Cox
- October 2, My Two Elaines by Governor Martin Schreiber
- October 9, Musical Memories with Hans Mayer and Sue Hauser
- October 16, The Lost Art and Symbolism of the Cemetery by Adrian Lee
- October 23, Norwegian Silver by Vesterheim Museum
- October 30, “We Were Here” Enduring Families: Early African American Residents by Denise Christy
- December 4, Holiday Voices with the La Crosse Carolers

No registration or library card is needed to attend “Senior Moments”. Please come join us for one or all informative and entertaining programs. You will be glad you came.


By Jana Wuensch, Holmen Library Staff 8/8/19

Life lessons abound in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.  Like the movie's heroine Dorothy, you can look for the good in people and situations to achieve your dreams. You might find “Scarecrow” friends who are quite intelligent, or “Tin Man” friends full of compassion, or people with the strength of the “Cowardly Lion.” As Dorothy learned, no matter where home is, your dreams are attainable within yourself and a smile!

In honor of the 80th anniversary of the film, La Crosse County Library will be showing The Wizard of Oz, which continues to captivate viewers of all ages. This iconic film will be shared on the big screen on Monday evening, August 26, at 6:00 pm at the Holmen Public Library. Popcorn, refreshments, trivia and a few surprises will be in store for those who attend.
Did you know that The Wizard of Oz has ties to Wisconsin? Surprisingly enough, it premiered in Oconomowoc three days before the big Hollywood premiere. Theaters wanted to test out how popular the film would be in the Midwest. Wisconsin moviegoers were the first to see Dorothy travel to the land of Oz!

Did you know that while Judy Garland was the ideal choice for the role of Dorothy Gale, it was child star Shirley Temple who was the favorite actress at the time? Judy Garland was only 15 years old at the time of the production. The musical film was first shown on television in November 1956. 

Be sure to stop by a La Crosse County Library location in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska or West Salem to select books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, or kits to celebrate this 80th anniversary. To learn more about upcoming programs and events, please check out our website at and follow us on Facebook at  


By Carol Knapmiller, Youth Services 8/1/19

Who knew the Dog Days of August would be upon us so quickly! It makes me think not only of hot days, but of summer rapidly winding down and not much to do. That’s not the case at La Crosse County Library, though. In August we have our Coulee Region Humane Society “Story Time with Rover” at each of our five locations. Enjoy a visit with a service animal at each Story Time while stories are read to those in attendance. Kids will also get to make a toy for the animals back at the Humane Society during the Story Time as well. No sign-up is required, and these Story Times are recommended for children ages 3-7.

  • Onalaska Library: Monday, August 5 at 6:30, Thursday, August 15 at 10:00

  • West Salem Library: Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30

  • Holmen Library: Wednesday, August 7 at 10:15

  • Campbell Library: Thursday, August 8 at 6:30

  • Bangor Library: Monday, August 12, at 10:15

While you’re at the library for those popular Story Times with animals, why not check out a book? We have our Library Dog’s Dog Days of August event going on all month long: if you are 18 years of age or younger and checking out any youth materials besides DVDs, you are eligible. Fill out an entry slip for the chance to win one of the plush animals we received as a result of adopting wild animals in our Summer Library Program. Animals were adopted at all five of our locations in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska or West Salem. You can enter up to once a day. The event ends Saturday, August 31, and the lucky winners will be notified the first week of September.

There seems to be a theme here – dogs. While you’re languishing in the dog days of summer, attending dog or other service animal Story Times and participating in our Dog Days of August event, why not read a dog book to or with your child? In the La Crosse County Library system there are about 2500 copies of materials about dogs. We have nonfiction books about dogs – rescue dogs, different dog breeds, dog training and dog jokes. We have picture books about naughty dogs, happy dogs, silly dogs and busy dogs. Or for an older child, what about a chapter book? I recently read a book called Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart. You may want a box of tissues by you when you read that one. Or if you’re in the mood for something a little lighter about good dogs, how about Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School by Julie Falatko. Both books are about good dogs watching over their boys and wanting to help them as they navigate difficult situations.

And finally, don’t forget to sign up for our next Story Time session when you’re in one of our five locations. The Fall session begins the week of September 9, and while we’re not doing a Story Time about dogs this session, you might find us talking about a big fat hen, counting frogs, being silly with popcorn and having an exciting adventure each week with a wide range of themes.

There are a variety of activities to keep you busy through the Dog Days of August. Why not make the most of your family’s time together this summer which can be a great learning experience as well as entertaining. For more information about any of our services or for upcoming programming schedules, check-out our website at or call our Administrative Center in Holmen at 526-9600.


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