Library Budget At Risk

The Rice Lake Public Library budget is facing a proposed funding decrease of 10% in 2013. This would mean about $75,000 less from the city, and a corresponding decrease in the funding the library receives from surrounding counties for the services provided to their residents. But what does this mean for you?

Services at Risk

  • 70 hours each week in staff time
  • Current library hours
  • 5 day delivery service from other MORE libraries
  • Materials delivery to homebound patrons
  • Outreach to senior living facilities
  • One-on-one computer assistance
  • Tax form ordering, processing, printing
  • Book displays
  • Speed of service
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Updated technology

Events at Risk

  • Gadget Guru
  • Adult Movie Night
  • Family Programming
  • Teen Activities


  • Safe place for kids and teens after school
  • Warm, dry place for those who need it
  • Only public space for community with expansive evening hours

December 7th, 1941-A Day That Will Live Infamy

In remembrance of December 7th, here is a list of films to watch.

The Final Countdown (1980) Rated PG

When an electrical storm transports the nuclear-powered U.S.S. Nimitz back in time, hours before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the crew must decide between allowing the attack to take place and preventing it, which would forever change history.

From Here to Eternity (1953) Rated NR

Drama about life in the Army in the days prior to World War II. Private Prewitt is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden and Karen Holmes tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

In Harm’s Way (1965) Rated NR

Epic treatment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the attack on the naval base.

Pearl Harbor (2001) Rated PG-13

Two childhood best friends, Rafe and Danny, grow up wanting to fly planes. When Rafe gets the chance to join the Royal Air Force during World War II, he takes it, leaving his new love, Evelyn, a dedicated Navy nurse, and Danny, also a pilot, behind. Danny and Evelyn are transferred separately to the idyllic paradise of Hawaii, where they eventually meet through a connection to Rafe, who has been declared missing. But just as the love triangle begins to get complicated, Dec. 7, 1941 arrives, changing all of their lives forever.

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Rated G

A dramatization which chronicles the bombing of Pearl Harbor from both the Japanese and American points of view.

Honorable Mention: The Winds Of War (1983) Rated NR

Set against the backdrop of world events that led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Naval officer, Victor “Pug” Henry, and his family learn to navigate the waters of dangerous times in the late 1930s. While Germany expands and proceeds to seize several border countries, Italy attempts to establish a Fascist Colonial Empire under Mussolini and Japan prepares for a major battle with China. Meanwhile, the Henry clan finds itself drawn into the center of the conflict as they deal with the drama, romance, tragedy and heroism that lead to America’s involvement in World War II.

September 11th Films

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Rated R

Through actual footage, interviews, and declassified documents, Michael Moore presents an examination of the role played by money and oil in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.

The Guys (2002) Rated PG

Based on a true story of a New York City journalist and a fire captain who form an unexpeced bond as they pay tribute to the heroes lost in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Unable to write the eulogies himself, he asks for help from a journalist who can offer the assistance that he needs.

102 Minutes That Changed America (2008) Rated NR

A stunning chronological record of the events of September 11, 2001, presenting a real time, moment-by-moment account of the World Trade Center collapse as seen by New Yorkers. Includes bonus documentary I-Witness to 9/11..

Reign Over Me (2007) Rated R

Alan Johnson runs into his old college roommate, Charlie Fineman, on the streets of New York City. He is surprised to find that Charlie does not remember him at all. Alan later learns that Charlie is suffering with grief over the loss of his family on 9/11. Flooded with grief, Charlie quits his job and isolates himself from everyone around him. Alan attempts to help Charlie get over his grief by rekindling their friendship. As Alan spends a lot of time with Charlie, it puts a strain on his relationship with his wife and kids.

United 93 (2006) Rated R

Tells the story of the heroic passengers and crew members who prevented the terrorists from carrying out their plans for the fourth hijacked plane on September 11, 2001. As on-ground military and civilian teams scrambled to make sense of the unfolding events, forty people who sat down as strangers found the courage to stand up as one.

World Trade Center (2006) Rated PG-13

The true story of Port Authority policemen John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, who volunteered for rescue duty and became trapped in the rubble of the Towers on September 11, 2001. The men became two of the last survivors extracted from Ground Zero. It is a story of the true heroes and of that fateful time in United States history, when buildings would fall and heroes would rise, literally from the ashes to inspire the entire human race.

New Year, New Resolutions

With every new year, people think up new resolutions to work on some part of their life. Resolutions are usually goals that, if met, will improve their quality of life. Here are some of the top five resolutions that people make, and how the Rice Lake Public Library can help you achieve them!

Spend more time with friends/family. The Rice Lake Public Library offers a variety of programs, for young and old to enjoy. And they’re free! Make a date with a fellow mom to go to a children’s storytime, or join the PageTurners Book Club. Visit our calendar to see what events, times, and dates work best for you!

Get fit through diet and/or excercise. No, unfortunately, the library doesn’t have a gym or a certified nutritionist, but we have the next best thing. You can find all sorts of cookbooks and workout DVDs at the library. Some popular items in this category are:



Quit an addictive habit (smoking, drinking, caffeine, etc.) Even if you’ve tried before and failed, don’t give up. Some studies say that smokers try an average of four times before they successfully give up the habit. Here are some books about quitting:


Get out of debt. If you have money woes, this might be the year you turn it around! Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.


Helping others. Giving of your time and talents can help others, but also yourself. Studies have shown that volunteering benefits include connecting people together, reducing depression, and keeping people physically healthy. Consider helping out this year at your church, school, or other community organization. The website Charity Vault lists some of the many volunteer opportunities in the Rice Lake area.