Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Blogging Consumer Information

The United States government has printed and distributed a popular booklet titled Consumer Information Catalog for many years. This list of government publications from the General Services Administration is a popular source for FREE information on everything from food, health, and housing, to family and small business.

Take a peek at the latest online copy at to find out about ID theft, electronic checking, and many other topics. Or pick up your print copy near the Government Publications Dept display case on the first floor of the library, near L1033.

A more light-hearted look at consumer information is found in the GOV GAB blog located at

Have fun—and enjoy getting something free from your government.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Off the Shelf--Spring Issue

Find out what's new in the library: people, music, databases, Web 2.0, and more.

Read about films related to this election year; laugh at strangely named documents.

See how you can help support your library.

Eau Claire Big Read Kickoff Saturday, April 5

Join us as we kick off the 2008 Eau Claire Big Read on Saturday, April 5 at 11am at LE Phillips Memorial Public Library. The event begins the month-long community reading and discussion of Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon." Eau Claire city manager Mike Huggins and Julie Rivett, Hammett's granddaughter, will welcome participants and introduce the work. The public and media are invited to attend this free event and receive their complimentary copies of "The Maltese Falcon."

In addition to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this year the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation has made a substantial donation to help purchase copies of the book to distribute to the public.

The Big Read is a nationwide initiative of the NEA, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, to encourage reading for all ages. The event asks community members to read and discuss their city's chosen book for a month. Eau Claire is one of only three cities in Wisconsin selected to receive a grant and participate this year.

"The Maltese Falcon" was chosen by a committee of event organizers from a list of 16 books. The book is a mystery, a thriller, a dark, dry comedy and a love story. Independent detective Samuel Spade is hired by a mysterious woman to help find her sister. The same night, his partner and a thug are killed. Suddenly, Spade's innocence is questioned. To prove his innocence, Spade risks danger and death. "The Maltese Falcon" has been said to have perfected the American private-eye genre.

Many events will be held throughout April to supplement and encourage reading. A full list of events appears at