Friday, August 11, 2017

FREE PIZZA, games, live entertainment at McIntyre Library After Dark on Sept. 6

After Dark, which takes place on Tuesday, September 6 from 6-10 pm, is everything that you didn’t think would happen in a library - like FREE PIZZA - but does. Featuring a mini golf course that starts on the second floor and ends on the first (yes, you get to go down a stairwell!), After Dark also includes a variety of board, card, and video games…we even have a life size version of Clue in which you are the characters (complete with costumes) that walk around the board trying to find out who killed Mr. Boddy.

If you think you’re good at Mario Kart you’ll want to enter the Mario Kart Tournament with a very nice prize going to the overall champion. If you’ve always thought a library would be a good place to play laser tag, you’re in luck. Challenge your friends or make new ones on our course.

Free Toppers Pizza!
Did we mention pizza? Who doesn’t like free Toppers pizza?! Lots of it too! The fun doesn’t stop there though. We have a variety of student groups on campus who will provide live entertainment - practice your dance skills, or bust a gut with an improv comedy team and standup comedians. Best of all, you can win prizes throughout the night just for attending.

You really have no reason not to and if you do, you can call your parents up and tell them you’re in the library on the first night of class!

Find the event on Facebook and be sure to invite your friends!

Still not convinced? The video below will give you an overview of the event!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Feast for Your Eyes in McIntyre Library

By Shannon Swodzinski, as a writing project for CJ 477

Tired of seeing the construction on campus? McIntyre Library is featuring three Blugolds’ sculptures throughout the building for students to enjoy. Renee Ewer, Alexander Graham and Mai Lou Yang created sculptures for Professor Cedar Marie’s Art 365: Site-Specific Art class in a different area of the library in an “artistic and creative way.”

The students were given various sites to work with and each chose one for their final sculptures. After the preliminary models were completed by the three students, they presented their pieces to Interim Library Director Jill Markgraf and Program Associate Trista Anderson to approve the final large-scale sculptures.

The final sculptures are now available to view on different floors of the McIntyre Library and include the following items, a chair, paper cranes, and paper flowers. Renee Ewer created a chair that resembles a tree stump, but still has the comfortable qualities of a recliner. Ewer wanted to construct a sculpture that the viewer could interact with on a “tangible and mental level.” Alexander Graham entitled his sculpture of 60 paper cranes, “Paper Wishes,” with each crane containing a wish written on it that he collected from the public. A Japanese myth inspired Graham for this artwork and it can be seen hanging in the stairwell of the library. Lastly, Mai Lou Yang created a wall piece which includes various sizes of white and blue flowers. With finals just around the corner, Yang wanted to bring a “calming presence” to the library to help other students relax during the end of the semester.

All of these sculptures are available for viewing throughout McIntyre Library, but if you don’t have a chance to see it in person, you can visit the library’s Facebook page to see the students with their artwork.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Summer 2017 Library Hours (May 22 - September 5)

McIntyre Library's summer hours session hours (May 22-August 6) are as follows:

  • 8 am - 6 pm, Monday - Friday
  • CLOSED on Saturday & Sunday
The library is closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day and Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day and will close early, at 4:30 pm, on June 9 (last day of interim) and August 4 (last day of summer classes).

When no classes are in session (August 7 - September 5) the library will be open:
  • 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
  • CLOSED on Saturday and Sunday
The library will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Therapy Dogs, Free Coffee, Free Pancakes During Finals Week

As a special finals week treat, library staff and Chancellor Jim will be making freshly flipped pancakes for all UW-Eau Claire students studying for finals in McIntyre Library on Sunday, May 14 from 8-10 pm.  Best of all, it's entirely free!

McIntyre Library will also be offering students free coffee during finals week at 10 pm each night starting on Sunday, May 14 and running through Thursday, May 18.

Finally, the library has a variety of therapy dogs visiting the week before and during finals week.

Pre Finals Week:
  • Tuesday, May 9
    • 4-5 pm: Meet Jada the fox lab mix
  • Wednesday, May 10
    • 5-6 pm: Meet Seeker & Racy the Shelties
    • 6-7 pm: Meet Nelson the Goldendoodle
Finals Week:
  • Monday, May 15
    • 3-4 pm: Meet Luna the Yellow Lab & Fran the Yellow Lab Mix
    • 4-5 pm: Meet Jada the fox lab mix
  • Tuesday, May 16
    • 5-6 pm: Meet Nelson the Goldendoodle
  • Wednesday, May 17
    • 10-11 am: Meet Seeker & Racy the Shelties
    • 5-6 pm: Meet Bella and Chloe the Golden Retrievers
    • 6-7 pm: Meet Yoda, Flash, Ellie, and Kooper the Border Collies
  • Thursday, May 18
    • 5:30-7 pm: Meet Ziva the Australian Kelpie & Genevieve the Blue Heeler, Charlie the Cocker Spaniels

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Pre-finals and Finals Week Hours (5/7 - 5/21)

Spring 2017 Hours
McIntyre Library will be extending its hours the week before and of finals (5/7-5/21). The hours are as follows:

Sun. (5/7): 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon. (5/8): 7:00 am - Open 24 hrs.
Tue. (5/9): Open 24 hrs.
Wed. (5/10): Open 24 hrs.
Thu. (5/11): Open 24 hrs.
Fri. (5/12): Open until Midnight
Sat. (5/13): 7:30 am - Midnight

Sun. (5/14): 7:30 am - Open 24 hrs.
Mon. (5/15): Open 24 hrs.
Tue. (5/16): Open 24 hrs.
Wed. (5/17): Open 24 hrs.
Thu. (5/18): Open 24 hrs.
Fri. (5/19): Open until 7 pm
Sat. (5/20): CLOSED

Sun. (5/21): CLOSED

McIntyre Library will be open 8 am - 6 pm, M-F and closed on weekends during the summer when class is in session.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Social Explorer now available

McIntyre Library has activated a subscription to 
Social Explorer, a database that enables you to access historic and contemporary Census, business, crime, health, and religion data. Even better—Social Explorer enables you to map your data. This resource also features data from Canada, the U.K., Europe, and the World Bank.

Social Explorer is accessible from the library’s Statistics & Numeric Database list. To schedule an individual tutorial, contact Robin Miller (

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Research Coaching @ McIntyre: April 10-14, 24-28

It's that time of the year...end of the semester papers will be coming due shortly. In order to help UW-Eau Claire students out, McIntyre Library has set aside time for 20-minute Research Coaching sessions for all students.

Library staff can help students at any stage of the research process in any discipline!

To sign-up for 20 minutes of research coaching at McIntyre Library's Research Center (1st floor) go to and select a time that works for you!

Have questions? Email

Monday, March 27, 2017

McIntyre Library Newsletter - Spring 2017

McIntyre Library just released Issue #85 of our newsletter, Off the Shelf

Articles inside the newsletter include:

  • A farewell letter from director John Pollitz
  • Introduction to the interim director Jill Markgraf
  • Introductions to the interim heads of research and instruction
  • Introduction to our new employee, Roxanne Backowski
  • Part two of our history of McIntyre series
  • Recent acquisitions to the library

And so much more!

You can get to the newsletter by clicking on the link above or using this link. Enjoy!

Questions or comments? Contact the editor at

Monday, March 13, 2017

Color Printing Now Available in McIntyre Library

Good news! Color printing is now available to all library users.

How this service works:
  • Email your document as an attachment to
  • Prints can be picked up and paid for at the circulation desk on the first floor.
  • Cost is $.35 per page
  • Only 8.5" x 11" printing on white paper is available
  • Only one-sided printing is available

Please contact staff at the circulation desk if you have any questions.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Library Hosting 3rd Annual Backgammon Tournament April 1st

Backgammon Set
McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the 3rd annual Eau Claire backgammon tournament on April 1 starting at 1 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.

How the tournament works
Backgammon Bracket
The tournament will have a maximum of 32 players (two sixteen team brackets).  
Registration is required to enter the tournament.

McIntyre Library will host all rounds of the tournament 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 no later than March 30, 2017.  If space is available registrants will be taken on day of tournament.

Questions should be directed to Hans Kishel (, 715-836-2959).

Jill Markgraf Appointed Interim Director of Libraries

Jill Markgraf has been appointed Interim Director of Libraries at UW-Eau Claire following the departure of John Pollitz in February.

Jill started working at McIntyre Library in 1998 and since 2008 was the head of the library's research & instruction department.

You may contact Jill at or 715-836-5357.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Blugold Radio Coming to McIntyre Library

Blugold Radio 99.9 FM
Blugold Radio, the Chippewa Valley's only indie rock station, is moving into McIntyre Library. The radio station will be located near the library's mall entrance on the first floor.

Construction on the new Blugold Radio home began in late February 2017 and it is anticipated that the radio station will be broadcasting from their new home in April 2017. The station will be staffed during regular business hours M-F and at intermittent times in the evenings.

For more information, please contact Scott Morfitt, station manager for Blugold Radio (

Monday, February 13, 2017

Farewell John Pollitz, Library Director

Pollitz Goodbye
John Pollitz, director of McIntyre Library since 2007, will be leaving UW-Eau Claire on February 24. He will be going "home" to his alma mater, Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he will be dean of Library Affairs.

Please join us in saying goodbye to John on Wednesday, February 22 from 3-5 pm in the McIntyre Library's 1st floor Research Center.

Congratulations & best wishes John!

Monday, January 23, 2017

One Book, One Community - Reading "Evicted"

McIntyre Library and the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library have teamed up to host a reading program entitled "One Book, One Community." This program will feature a handful of events in which participants will read and discuss Matthew Desmond's book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Events run from Tuesday, January 31 to Saturday, February 4.

One Book, One Community is a reading program designed to encourage literacy and civic involvement by reading a single book which highlights issues relevant to our community. This collaboration is for all members of the UW-Eau Claire (students, faculty, staff) and greater Eau Claire community. 

Evicted was written by UW-Madison alumnus, Matthew Desmond. Desmond documents the increasingly frequent experience of housing instability for poor, renting families. Through the interwoven stories of eight families living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Desmond illustrates the human impacts of a shifting economic and policy landscape. The book was selected as one of The 10 Best Books of 2016 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Desmond received his doctorate from UW–Madison in 2010. He is an associate professor of sociology and social studies at Harvard University and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW – Madison. In 2015, he received a MacArthur “genius” grant.

For questions please contact Eric Jennings, Outreach Coordinator & Instruction Librarian (; 715-836-4076).

Schedule of Events - Click to Enlarge

Tuesday, January 31: Book Discussions
12–1 p.m. • UW – Eau Claire Campus, Old Library Room 1142
6–7:30 p.m. • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Facilitators will lead discussions of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Wednesday, February 1: UW – Eau Claire Faculty Panel Discussion
4–5:30 p.m. • McIntyre Library, 2nd Floor Breezeway
UW – Eau Claire faculty will share their research for a better understanding of the topics covered in the book Evicted.

Thursday, February 2: Eviction and Poverty in the Chippewa Valley
6–7:30 p.m. • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Moderated panel discussion focused on how eviction and homelessness impact the Chippewa Valley.

Saturday, February 4: Housing Inspections and the Health Department
10:30 a.m.– noon • L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Learn about Health Department programs to support safe and sanitary living conditions, how to report a complaint, and what the Health Department looks for during complaint and housing inspections.