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.

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 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:

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 (, 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.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Winterim 2015 Library Hours

McIntyre Library's Winterim (1/5 - 1/26) hours are as follows:

Sunday: 1 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday: 7:30 am - 10 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am - 10 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 10 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am - 10 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

*McIntyre Library will close at 4:30 pm on Friday, January 23

*McIntyre Library will be closed on January 19, 24, and 25.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Perseverance pays off during finals week!

Yes, we know you're thinking about studying hard and doing well on final exams. But hard work and perseverance also pay off when it comes to 8000 piece puzzles. Thanks to everyone who contributed even one piece to this challenging puzzle of the Sistine Chapel, the project is now complete. The final puzzle piece was laid today, finals Friday. Whatever your accomplishment this week, it's time to go home and relax. Job well done.

Winter Break Hours (12/21/14 - 1/5/14)

McIntyre Library will be open a reduced number of hours during Winter Break (12/21/14 - 1/5/15).  They are as follows:

Sunday (12/21): CLOSED
Monday (12/22): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday (12/23): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday (12/24): CLOSED
Thursday (12/25): CLOSED
Friday (12/26): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday (12/27): CLOSED

Sunday (12/28): CLOSED
Monday (12/29): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday (12/30): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday (12/31): CLOSED
Thursday (1/1/15): CLOSED
Friday (1/2/15): 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday (1/3/15): CLOSED

Sunday (1/4/15): CLOSED
Monday (1/5/15): 7:30 am - 10 pm

Winterim Hours Begin on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Finals week therapy dog visits (Dec 14-18)

Need some stress relieved from your finals week studying? McIntyre Library has just the solution for you.  We will be hosting therapy dogs during finals week the following days and times.

Sunday, December 14
  • 10 - 11 am: Meet Yoda, Flash & Spud the border collies
  • 6 - 7:30 pm: Meet Solomon & Moses the black labs 

Monday, December 15
  • 1:30 - 3 pm: Meet Libby the chocolate lab

Tuesday, December 16
  • 3 - 4 pm: Meet Raci & Magic the border collies
  • 6:30 - 8 pm: Meet Charlie the cocker spaniel and Genevieve & Ziva the blue heelers 

Wednesday, December 17
  • 10 am - 11 am: Meet Beau the flat coated retriever
  • 5 - 7 pm: Meet Twinkie & Tonka the Newfoundlands
  • 7 - 8 pm: Meet Luna the Newfoundland

Thursday, December 18
  • 1 - 2 pm Meet Connor the dog

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Give a little, make a big difference. Library annual giving project under way
It's Giving Tuesday, the perfect day to launch the annual holiday giving project to benefit  community members in need.

For the 20th year, the UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library Staff Association, a voluntary organization composed of library faculty and staff, is sponsoring an annual fundraiser to benefit the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association.Funds are used to purchase rice for the organization's rice pantry, and in the last 10 years (for which records exist) the project has raised a total of almost $8000. A donation of $5 can feed a family of five or six for a week.

The HMAA is a social service agency that serves the local Hmong community by operating a food pantry and assisting in housing, employment and translating services. The agency also works with other area services to assist the local Hmong community.

  • Donations are tax deductible and can be made online at by selecting Holiday Giving Project – HMAA Rice Pantry as the donation designation.
  • Donations can be made as gifts, memorials and tributes to someone. To do so, select Memorial/Tribute under What prompted you to give today.
  • Checks, made payable to UW-Eau Claire Foundation and indicating Holiday Giving Project – HMAA Rice Pantry on the memo line, or cash should be submitted via mail or campus mail to Jill Markgraf in McIntyre Library. 
  • Donations also may be dropped off at the library reference desk or in the donation box near the new-book shelf on the first floor of the library.

For more information, see  or contact Jill Markgraf at 715-836-5357 or

Monday, December 01, 2014

Pre-Finals Week and Finals Week Library Hours (12/7-12/21)

McIntyre Library will be extending its hours the week before and of finals (12/7-12/21). The hours are as follows:

Sun. (12/7): 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon. (12/8): 7:00 am - Open 24 hrs.
Tue. (12/9): Open 24 hrs.
Wed. (12/10): Open 24 hrs.
Thu. (12/11): Open 24 hrs.
Fri. (12/12): Open 24 hrs.
Sat. (12/13): 7:30 am - Midnight

Sun. (12/14): 7:30 am - Open 24 hrs.
Mon. (12/15): Open 24 hrs.
Tue. (12/16): Open 24 hrs.
Wed. (12/17): Open 24 hrs.
Thu. (12/18): Open 24 hrs.
Fri. (12/19): Open until 7 pm
Sat. (12/20): CLOSED

Sun. (12/21): CLOSED

Good luck on your tests! Winter Break hours start on Monday, December 22.