Money Smart Week

Value of a Dollar:

Teaching Your Kids About Money

Saturday, April 28
2 pm

The Rice Lake Public Library and RCU in Rice Lake want to give parents and grandparents the tools to teach K-8 children important money skills – for life.  “Value of a Dollar: Teaching Your Kids About Money” will be presented from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, in the Friendship Room on the library’s lower level.   The event is co-sponsored by RCU and is open to the public.

At this program, participants will learn:

  • why K-8 children need to learn about money;
  • what motivates them to learn about money management;
  • how they learn about money;
  • how to use goal-setting, budgeting, saving, working and investing as teaching tools; and
  • how to use an allowance as a teaching tool.


This event is one of hundreds of free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education that will take place during Money Smart Week Wisconsin, April 21-28. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week.


For further information about the library event, stop at Information & Reference on your next visit to the library, call 715-234-4861, or e-mail the library at  To learn more about library programs, check our library events calendar at

If you have a need for a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations, please notify the Rice Lake Public Library (715-234-4861) at least 48 hours before the program.


Australian Films

Lantana (2001) Rated R

A woman disappears and four marriages are drawn into a tangled web of love, deceit, sex and death.

Moulin Rouge (2001) Rated PG-13

Christian is an idealistic and impoverished young writer who, newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young Bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections.

Muriel’s Wedding (1994) Rated R

No one ever paid much attention to Muriel and her humdrum small town life, so she and her best friend Rhonda decide to leave it behind and head for the big city… where they end up having the exciting adventure of their lives! What’s more, soon everyone takes notice when Muriel becomes engaged to a handsome and popular sports hero!

The Piano (1992) Rated R

A young mute woman and her child travel to New Zealand in the 1800s for an arranged marriage to a farmer. After the marriage she meets another man, and the competition for her love begins. Just one of the men realizes that her affections can only be won through her beloved piano.

Shine (1996) Rated PG-13

The story of Australian pianist David Helfgott. He suffers as a child under his father’s ambitions and as a young man defies his father’s wishes in order to pursue his dreams. At the beginning of a great concert career, he experiences a nervous breakdown and is hospitalized, but later returns to the concert hall. Tells the story of rebellion and of individuality through the eyes of a pianist whose major form of self-expression is found in the keys of his instrument.

PageTurners Read “The Samurai’s Garden”

The Samurai’s Garden
Gail Tsukiyama
The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who is sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu’s secret and gains not only physical strength, but also profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu’s generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu’s soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.

The PageTurners Book Club met on Thursday, April 12, at 6 pm in the Bottom Shelf Room at the Rice Lake Public Library. Seven people attended the discussion. The general consensus about the book was that it was well written and lyrical. The average score awarded to this book was  out of 5 books; the lowest score was a 4 / 5 and the highest score 4.5 / 5.

Click on the book graphic below to see a full recap of book club members’ opinions.


The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama is available at the Rice Lake Public Library. There over ten copies of this book in the MORE System. Please visit the card catalog website or call us at 234-4861 to reserve a copy today.

The PageTurners Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Rice Lake Public Library. It usually meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the Rice Lake Public Library. Discussion lasts an hour; everyone is welcome.

Titanic Films 2012

In honor of the 100 years of the titanic’s sinking, here’s  a list of films to watch.

A Night to Remember (1958) Rated NR

In his unforgettable rendering of Walter Lord’s book of the same name, the acclaimed British director Roy Ward Baker depicts with sensitivity, awe, and a fine sense of tragedy the Titanic’s final hours. Featuring remarkably restrained performances, A Night To Remember is cinema’s subtlest, finest dramatization of this monumental twentieth-century catastrophe.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) Rated NR

Molly, a poor, uneducated young woman, leaves her mountain cabin home in search of a rich husband and a better life. She finds both in Leadville Johnny Brown as she strikes it lucky and he strikes gold. Along the way, Molly survives the Titanic and the snobbery of Denver society.

Titanica (1992) Rated NR

The unsinkable ship. The unthinkable tragedy. Discover the Titanic…in a whole new light.

Titanic (1997) Rated PG-13

Two people from different worlds meet and fall in love on the brief, tragic maiden voyage of the grand ocean liner “Titanic”.

The Chambermaid on the Titanic (1997) Rated NR

Horty, a foundry worker travels to England to witness the launching of the Titanic. Marie, a beautiful chambermaid due to board the ship, asks to share his room. Returning home to his wife, Horty’s account of the night he met Marie will change his life and transform all those who hear it.

New Books of April 2012

The House of Velvet and Glass
Katherine Howe
Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium. But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long-simmering spark flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium’s scrying glass.

The Coldest Night
Robert Olmstead
Henry Childs is just seventeen when he falls into a love affair so intense it nearly consumes him. But when young Mercy’s disapproving father threatens Henry’s life, Henry runs as far as he can—to the other side of the world. The time is 1950, and the Korean War hangs in the balance. Henry enlists in the marines and arrives in Korea on the eve of the brutal seventeen-day battle of the Chosin Reservoir—the turning point of the war—completely unprepared for the forbidding Korean landscape and the unimaginable circumstances of a war well beyond the scope of anything his ancestors ever faced. But the challenges he meets upon his return home, scarred and haunted, are greater by far.

The Song Remains the Same
Allison Winn Scotch
One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . . It isn’t long before she learns to question the stories presented by her mother, her sister and business partner, and her husband. In the end, she will discover that forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true path to healing herself-and to finding happiness.

The Cove
Ron Rash
At the height of World War I, deep in the rugged Appalachians of North Carolina lies the cove, a dark, forbidding place where spirits and fetches wander. Or so the townsfolk of Mars Hill believe–just as they believe that Laurel Shelton, the lonely young woman who lives within its shadows, is a witch. Alone except for her brother, Hank, newly returned from the trenches of France, she aches for her life to begin. Then it happens–a stranger appears, carrying nothing but a beautiful silver flute and a note explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and is bound for New York. As the days pass, Walter slips easily into life in the cove and into Laurel’s heart, bringing her the only real happiness she has ever known. But Walter harbors a secret that could destroy everything–and danger is closer than they know.

The Beginner’s Goodbye
Ann Tyler
Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, self-dependent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly he marries her, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family’s vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.

True Sisters
Sandra Dallas
In a novel based on true events, set in 1856, Mormon converts, encouraged by Brigham Young himself, and outfitted with two-wheeled handcarts, set out on foot from Iowa City to Salt Lake City, the Promised Land. The Martin Handcart Company, a ragtag group of weary families headed for Zion, is the last to leave on this 1,300-mile journey. Three companies that left earlier in the year have completed their trek successfully, but for the Martin Company the trip proves disastrous. This is the story of four women from the British Isles traveling in this group. Four women whose lives will become inextricably linked as they endure unimaginable hardships, each one testing the boundaries of her faith and learning the true meaning of survival and friendship along the way.

Easter Films 2012

Easter Parade (1948) Rated NR

Astaire is trying to forget ex-dance partner Miller while rising to stardom with Garland.

Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Rated G

Drama of the life of Christ, the teacher and saviour, healer of the hopeless and champion of the poor, from Galilee to Golgotha.

Jesus of Nazareth (1977) Rated NR

Maintaining the perfect balance between religious fervor and realism, this film depicts the life of Christ from His birth through His resurrection. It is acclaimed exceptional for its thorough Biblical and historical research written in consultation with leading Anglican, Catholic and Jewish religious authorities.

King of Kings (1927) Rated NR

The King of Kings is the Greatest Story Ever Told as only Cecil B. DeMille could tell it. In 1927, working with the biggest budget in the history of Hollywood, DeMille spun the life and Passion of Christ into one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

Passion of the Christ (2004) Rated R

Concerns the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. In the Garden of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives, Jesus is betrayed by Judas Iscariot. Jesus is condemned to death for blasphemy and brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, for sentencing. The roaring crowd demands his death, so Pilate orders his crucifixion. Jesus is severely beaten and made to carry his cross up to Golgotha, the hill outside Jerusalem, where he is nailed to the cross. With his mother looking on, he dies.

We Have Kindles for You to Check Out!

Did you know that the Rice Lake Public Library offers Kindles and Nooks that you can borrow? The library has loaded these eReaders full of books, so you’re almost sure to find something you haven’t read before. You can borrow a library eReader for three weeks! At this time, there is a waiting list for one of these devices. If you would like to reserve one, please call or visit the library Reference Desk. We will need to know your library card number.

In the coming weeks, you might see advertisements, like the picture up above, that will be placed on the bookshelves in the library. They will stick out and act like flags to grab your attention. They are meant to be reminders of the many different eBooks we have available, even when you can’t see them. The part of the flag that will hang off the shelf looks like the picture on the right. It will show a picture of the book cover and the title of the book you could find on one of our eReaders.

If you pull the advertisement off the shelf, you will see something that looks like the picture to the left. This part of the ad has a lot more information for you.

The Rice Lake Public Library logo offers a splash of color in the left corner. A QR code is in the right corner. A QR code is a 2 dimensional barcode that can be scanned by a mobile phone; after being scanned, your device will go to the appropriate website linked to the QR code. The QR code on our ads link our patrons back to our card catalog. Under the logo and QR code, we list the shelf location so that it can be placed back on the shelf appropriately. And finally, we include some read-a-like suggestions for the listed book at the bottom of the ad. This is useful for patrons who don’t want to wait for a book or eReader that might be on hold.

We hope you use and enjoy these new signs in our library!