Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bus now stops at McIntyre Library

Last spring a survey conducted by students in Carolin Azab’s Marketing 334 class in collaboration with McIntyre Library identified a need for a bus stop at the library. This suggestion has now been put into action. The Eau Claire Transit route 9 bus now stops at the Garfield Avenue entrance to the library Monday through Friday evenings when classes are in session. From 5:02 p.m. to 10:02 p.m. the bus stops at McIntyre hourly two minutes after the hour. Students, faculty and staff with a valid UW-Eau Claire Blugold ID Card may ride this and any other city bus free. Buses are equipped with bicycle racks. McIntyre Library thanks Eau Claire Transit and the University Senate Physical Plant Planning Committee for their responsiveness to this request to improve access and safety for students.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Break 2015 Library Hours

McIntyre Library will be open a reduced number of hours for Spring Break 2015.  See below for more details:

  • Friday, March 20: 7 am - 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 21: CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 22: CLOSED
  • Monday, March 23: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 24: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Wednesday, March 25: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Thursday, March 26: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Friday, March 27: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Saturday, March 28: CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 29: 11 am - 1 pm
 Regular library hours resume on Sunday, March 29 and will continue until the week before spring 2015 finals.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Therapy Dogs Visiting McIntyre Library in March

McIntyre Library will be hosting therapy dogs in the library before and after spring break 2015.  Therapy dog visits will take place the following days and times:

Before Spring Break
  • Sunday, March 8: 6:30-7:30 pm
    • Meet Solomon & Moses the Black Labs
  • Monday, March 9: 2-3 pm
    • Meet Connor the Chow/Black Lab mix
  • Tuesday, March 10: 2-3 pm
    • Meet Magic the Border Collie, Seeker & Racy the Shelties
  • Wednesday, March 11: 6-7 pm
    • Meet Luna the Newfoundland
After Spring Break
  • Sunday, March 29: noon - 2 pm
    • Meet Yoda & Spud the Border Collies, Flash the Sheltie
  • Monday, March 30: 1-2:30 pm
    • Meet Libby the Chocolate Lab and new to McIntyre's therapy dog lineup Lucky!
  • Wednesday, April 1: 5:30-7 pm
    • Meet Tonka the Newfoundland
  • Thursday, April 2: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Meet Solomon & Moses the Black Labs

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tax Forms at McIntyre Library

Tax season is upon us! McIntyre Library offers Federal, Wisconsin, and Minnesota tax forms.

Visit McIntyre Library to pick up the following tax forms, or simply download and print them:


Beginning in 2015, the IRS has reduced the number and type of tax forms distributed to libraries. The IRS is no longer providing print copies of instructional booklets. For IRS forms other than 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ, and for any IRS instructional booklet, visit IRS Forms & Publications to download and print the document you need.

To pick up tax forms, you can also visit the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library or your local IRS office.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free assistance to taxpayers who earn less than $53,000 annually at several locations in the Eau Claire area.

For questions about McIntyre Library's tax forms, contact Robin Miller, Government Publications Librarian.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Reservations No Longer Needed for Equipment Checkout & Study Rooms

Checking out a laptop
The way that students check out equipment and study rooms from McIntyre Library has changed. Starting at the beginning of the spring 2015 semester, we are no longer able to create reservations on all equipment (laptops, iPads, phone chargers, etc.) and study rooms. All equipment and rooms are now checked out on a first come, first serve basis.

This change comes in preparation for the library moving to a new checkout software that does not allow reservations. Other aspects of equipment checkout are the same. If you have any questions, please contact the circulation department (715-8336-3858, library.circulation@uwec.edu).

Thursday, January 15, 2015

McIntyre Library Hosting Eau Claire Backgammon Tournament (Feb. 21 & Feb. 28)

McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the 1st annual Eau Claire backgammon tournament on February 21 and 28 from 1-5 pm. The tournament, which is FREE and open to UW-Eau Claire students and all residents of the Chippewa Valley is for beginners and experienced players alike. One tournament participant will be randomly selected to win a backgammon set just for participating.

Learn how to play
If you are new to backgammon but still want to participate the library will be hosting informational sessions on how to play at:
  • McIntyre Library (105 Garfield Ave. Eau Claire, WI 54702) on Saturday, February 14 in McIntyre Library from 1-3 pm.
  • L.E. Philips Memorial Public Library (400 Eau Claire St. Eau Claire, WI 54701) on Sunday, February 15 from 1-3 pm and
Registration is not required to learn how to play. 

How the tournament works
The tournament will have a maximum of 32 players (two sixteen team brackets) and run on two consecutive Saturdays.  Players will be required to complete a best-of-three match in the first two rounds to continue playing with rounds three and four being best-of-five matches.  An email will be sent to each player by February 19 telling him/her when their match is scheduled. Rounds 1 and 2 will be completed on February 21 and Rounds 3 and 4 will be completed on February 28.  First round matches will be determined based upon participant's skill level.

Registration is required to enter the tournament.

Location
McIntyre Library will host all rounds of the tournament (Feb. 21 & 28) and is located on the UW-Eau Claire campus at 105 Garfield Ave. Eau Claire, WI 54702.  Parking at UW-Eau Claire is free on the weekends.  Please consult this map (PDF) for location information.  Suggested locations to park are the Phillips Lot or Hibbard Lot.

Registration
Registration is FREE and is required to participate in the tournament.  To register send an email indicating your interest in participating to Hans Kishel, UW-Eau Claire librarian: kishelhf@uwec.edu.

Please register by February 17.

Additional Information
The grand prize will be a backgammon set, to be randomly selected from all tournament contestants. Light refreshments will be served during the 3rd and 4th rounds on February 28.  Winners of each bracket will receive a t-shirt.

Questions should be directed to Hans Kishel (kishelhf@uwec.edu, 715-836-2959).

Support for this program includes UW-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library, the Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement, and University Recreation and Sport Facilities.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Annual giving project to support Rice Pantry raises $1295.65!


The McIntyre Library Staff Association giving project to support the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association (HMAA) rice pantry raised $1295.65. This is a whopping 46% increase over last year and our second highest total ever! Every penny goes toward buying rice, and this contribution will buy more than 9000 pounds of rice,  making a difference in the lives of our Eau Claire area neighbors.

Thanks to all who participated, by donating, fielding questions, and spreading the word. We were fortunate this year to have the assistance of UW-Eau Claire Foundation in establishing the online donation option and managing the contributions, and Andrew Vue, representing some of the Hmong student groups, who helped get the word out.