Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Rob Reid


Rob Reid is a senior lecturer of education studies at UW-Eau Claire. In addition to writing Children’s Jukebox (ALA Editions 1995/2007), Reid has also written two more books about children’s music: Something Musical Happened at the Library (ALA Editions, 2007) and Shake and Shout: 16 Noisy, Lively S

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A Helping Hand

the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library's new social worker is ready to serve

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire is one of only 40 public libraries in the country that has a certified social worker on staff. Libby Richter, a graduate of the Social Work program at ...

Hickory in Hallie

Lake Hallie Golf Course hosts second annual Hickory Classic

Rob Reid, photos by Rob Reid

A group of 16 golfers recently played 18 holes at the Lake Hallie Golf Course. What was different about this gathering was that all players in the Lake Hallie Hickory Classic on June 2 were using old-fashioned ...

Hiking Beyond the Valley

grab your boots and bug spray, then hit the road to find these fabulous hiking spots

Rob Reid, photos by Rob Reid

Last year, I wrote an article for Volume One titled 25 Hiking Trails in the Chippewa Valley, which you can read online at volumeone.org/hiking. For hiking enthusiasts willing to drive a bit outside of the area ...

Think Libraries Are Passé? Think Again

despite claims to the contrary, libraries are still vital to our communities

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If your image of public libraries is like that new Jennifer Garner “What’s in your wallet?” commercial – the one where the librarian is shushed by disgruntled library patrons trying to read – then you probably ...

Acting Like Kids Again

who says you can only act youthfully when your grandkids are around?

Rob Reid

Last spring, my wife Jayne and I were hiking on the Ice Age Trail near New Auburn. The temperatures were slowly warming up and the snow was nearly gone, but there were still some ice-covered puddles alongside the trail. My wife, mother of four grown children and grandmother to four more, took her walking stick and promptly started breaking up the ice.

Surviving Another Tick Season

walking in the woods while (mostly) avoiding the creepiest of creepy-crawlies

Rob Reid, photos by Justin Patchin

A few weeks ago, I got out of the shower and jumped a mile in the air when I felt a tick crawling on my ankle. Turned out, the tick was a just drop of water ...

10 Hiking Trails to Try With Your Family

Local hiking aficionado compiles list of the Valley's best trails

Rob Reid

Step by step, Rob has compiled information on each trail, including its description, difficulty level, fees, and location. Here are some of the easier trails in the Chippewa Valley you may want to check out this fall with your family.

My Mom's Growing Years

eye-opening stories from my mother's memoirs

Rob Reid

I own hundreds of books and the most valuable title is one not found in any bookstore or library. It is a self-published autobiography by my mother, Helen Mary Goff, written a few years before her death.

This Is the Hand That Touched the Hand ...

Rob Reid

Every semester, I read aloud the picture book Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco to my children’s literature university students. It’s an emotional book. I usually cannot get through the reading without choking up.

Within These Cabin Walls

First the family built a northwoods retreat. Then they built generations worth of memories.

Rob Reid, photos by Rob Reid

My father, my brother, and I built our cabin the summer between my freshman and sophomore college years. And when I say we built the cabin, I mean my father bought the land, designed the structure ...

Cake? I WUV Cake!

Speaking the Language of Our Grandkids

Rob Reid, design by Janae Breunig

Late this past winter, a storm dumped 11 inches of snow on the Chippewa Valley. Eleven inches that quickly melted due to abnormally high temperatures. Three days after the snowstorm, I stood alone in my driveway, looked at my yard and said aloud, “Where dit go?”

25 Hiking Trails in the Chippewa Valley - a Volume One Web App

flip thru local hiking trail maps with this web app

Rob Reid

Explore every hiking trail near Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Menomonie with this interactive web-app. Flip thru 25 trails to see aerial Google Earth views, photos, official trail maps, and Google Map directions to each trail.

"An Evil Gal Who Wants to Rule the World..."

Mystery Science Theater 3000 star slings jokes and stories

Rob Reid

“Pursued by a woman whose name is Pearl / an evil gal who wants to rule the world…” Fans of the television cult favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 will know the above song lyric reference to Pearl Forrester ...

Heavy Lifting Continues Even After Kids Grow Up

Rob Reid, illustrated by Serena Wagner

‘That’s it! I’m getting too old for this. This is the last time I’m moving any of you kids!” Those harsh words were uttered in complete exhaustion immediately after my wife Jayne and I helped move my daughter Alice from her dorm room at UW-River Falls to an apartment a few miles ...

Sign Here: the value of a good book can be measured in memories

Rob Reid, illustrated by Serena Wagner

Last Father’s Day, my daughter Laura gave me a gift she knew I would love. No, not another tie or sweater or screwdriver. She gave me books. Books signed by the authors. I have a collection of approximately 175 autographed books, mostly children and young adult titles. I call it “The Shrine...

Just the Two of Us

Rob Reid

My wife is the sixth of eight kids. Do you think we can find a photograph of her as a child all by herself? No. Any photos we have of her include two, three, four or more siblings. When we had our three daughters ...

The Frog Days of Summer

lessons learned from our happy, hoppy friends

Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner

Frogs have hopped through many aspects of my life. We recently took my 3-year-old grandson, Harris; his 8-month-old sister, Ruth; and their father, Kirk, to hike the nature trail at Lake Wissota State Park ...

Books About Summer to Read Aloud Together

Rob Reid

When you're not relaxing at the beach, the pool, or the woods this summer – or even when you are! – remember to take time to read with your family. Here are some fun suggested reads ...

Sticking It Out

After one year in Eau Claire, I wanted to leave. After 30 years, I’m happy I stayed.

Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner

My wife Jayne and I moved our family to Eau Claire 30 years ago this spring. We both recently turned 60 years of age. That means we have lived half of our lives in Eau Claire ...

I'm the Funniest Guy Around just ask anyone (except my family)

Rob Reid, design by Janae Breunig

To supplement my income, I travel and perform as a storyteller. To distinguish myself from the other storytellers, I bill myself as a “children’s humorist.” I was inspired to come up with this term when I heard Garrison Keillor refer to himself as the “world’s tallest radio humorist.” I specialize in making kids and their families laugh via storytelling ...

Step by Step

In a quest to get healthy, local writer Rob Reid began to hit the Chippewa Valley’s hiking trails. Here’s what he discovered.

Rob Reid

It was increasingly hard to see the trail path. The grass was getting higher and higher. With my arms up near my head, I yelled back to my wife, Jayne, “Don’t be surprised if we pick up a few wood ticks on this hike!” By the time we finished walking around ...

Blues From Alabama

Luedtke teams up with his childhood inspiration

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The story behind the recording of Howard “Guitar” Luedtke’s latest album, Goin’ Down to Alabama: The Muscle Shoals Sessions, is as wondrous as the album itself ...

Testing the Limits

from tornadoes to fatherhood, BJ Hollars’ new essay collection focuses on survival

Rob Reid, photos by Michael Lundebrek

In April 2011, B.J. Hollars, his wife, Meredith, and their dog survived an EF-4 tornado by huddling together in a bathtub. To cope with the aftermath of the storm, Hollars wrote ...

May I See Your License, Registration, and Parenting Permit?

Rob Reid, illustrated by Janae Breunig

In the early 1980s, my 1-year-old daughter Laura tumbled down a flight of stairs and landed on her head. My wife Jayne and I had visitors in our second-floor apartment in Red Wing, Minn. Jayne walked ...

Glowing in the Deep

W.H. Beck writes a science book for children

Rob Reid

‘They glow to hunt. They glow to hide. They glow to find a friend. They glow to lose an enemy.” Eau Claire children’s author W.H. Beck’s latest book, Glow, is a picture book with stunning colorful photographs on pitch-black backgrounds featuring “animals with their own night-lights.” Many creatures use bioluminescence to survive in their habitats ...

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep ... and all that jazz

Rob Reid

Given the choice between the stories in his big, oversized Richard Scarry collection and the Mother Goose nursery rhymes found in between the stories, my two-year-old grandson Harris chose the rhymes. And not just any old nursery rhyme. He wanted to sing the ones that came with a tune. So, for a long, long time ...

Tangled up in Each Other's Lives

Rob Reid

I’d like to introduce my granddaughter Ruth Ann to the Chippewa Valley and indeed to the whole world. Ruth was born on Labor Day (insert your own joke here) to my daughter Julie; her husband. Kirk, and hero two-year-old brother, Harris. Ruth is the newest member of my clan, and that got me thinking about ...

"Malcolm" is Back

children’s author pens sequel to critically acclaimed novel

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire author W.H. Beck recently returned from Kansas where she was treated like royalty. Her children’s novel Malcolm at Midnight (Houghton Mifflin, 2012) was voted by 30,000 Kansas students as their favorite book (grades 3-5) for that state’s William Allen White Book Award. Several departments ...

Glad to Meet You ...does it matter where it happened?

Rob Reid

My parents fell in love in an insane asylum. That’s the joke they would tell their friends throughout their lives together. No, Mom and Dad weren’t patients. They worked there. My parents were college students working summer activity director jobs at the Woodward State School and Hospital in Woodward, Iowa ...

12 Top Recordings to share with your kids

Rob Reid

I like to think that I’ve heard more children’s musical recordings than anyone in the entire history of mankind. I listened to over 300 children’s recordings for the first edition of my book Children’s Jukebox, and another 650 children’s recordings for that work’s second edition. As a result of this Guinness World Record-like ...

Kids are Into It

inspiring children toward a love of music through an award-winning kids music scene

Rob Reid

It would be a shame to discuss the area’s music scene without mentioning the topic of children’s music. There is a national award called the Parents’ Choice Award for best children’s musical recordings. This is like winning a Grammy in the children’s music industry. ...

Building Sound

before music can be made, someone has to make the instruments, and three local craftsmen are well known for their work

Rob Reid

Few musicians make their own instruments and equipment. Even fewer make them for other musicians. The Chippewa Valley is home to three businesses whose owners, all musicians themselves, craft fine products for musicians throughout the world ...

First Sunday: Serving up New Family Traditions

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

My two-year-old grandson Harris grabbed the plastic creamer with snake-strike speed and re-decorated our corner of the Altoona Family Restaurant with one squeeze. White liquid dripped from the window shades, the table top, and the back of an elderly man’s ...

5 Playful Alphabet Books

Rob Reid

Many standard alphabet books have the upper and lower case letters on a page with an item that begins with that letter. Oftentimes, A is for Apple, B is for Ball, and C is for Cat. That’s fine and good; these books serve their purpose. However, many alphabet books have very ...

A Series of Adventurous Flops

a look behind the scenes of Michael Perry’s first adult fiction novel, The Jesus Cow

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Michel Perry’s newest book, The Jesus Cow, is his first adult novel and features a bachelor farmer named Harley Jackson. Harley lives in a northern Wisconsin village called Swivel, not too far north of the university town Clearwater (that’s right, Clearwater) and even closer ...

Stretching Boundaries

Michael Perry’s foray into young adult literature

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Neil Gaiman, Carl Hiaasen, even James Bond author Ian Fleming are all famous authors of adult books who made the successful transition to writing for young people (Fleming wrote Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang, in case you were wondering) ...

Signature Golf

exploring the signature holes of some great local golf courses

Rob Reid, design by Serena Wagner

When golf-lovers hear the name TPC Sawgrass Golf Course, many immediately think of their par-three 17th island hole. For Harbour Town Golf Course, the 18th hole comes to mind with its iconic red and white lighthouse. These are the signature holes ...

Turning Pages, Turning Leaves

book melds poetry, natural science

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Local author Joanne Linden describes her picture book, Fiddleheads to Fir Trees: Leaves in All Seasons, as a book for all ages, but especially for children. The inspiration for the ...

Taking Time to Give Names

I have this little bad habit that might benefit Eau Claire

Rob Reid, illustrated by Luke Benson

I just planted Crosby, Stills, and Nash in the ground. No, not the rock singers. They’re still alive and well. I’m referring to the new clump of three young birch trees in our yard ...

Glimpse | Local Man makes a Jeopardy Run

Rob Reid

Though he racked up $15,200 during the game, Eau Clarian Michael Tvaruzka finished in third place during his Jeopardy! appearance on April 4. The 43-year-old Stout research specialist employee got on the show through 50-question online contests ...

Eau Claire man on Jeopardy today!

Rob Reid

Eau Claire resident Michael Tvaruzka will appear on Jeopardy this Wednesday, April 4 at 4pm WEAU television will carry the broadcast. Michael, a Contracts and Human Subjects Research Specialist at UW-Stout, recently sat down and talked about ...

Fall into a Book

recommended fall picture books for your kids

Rob Reid

Picturing Tolkien

local experts edit Lord of the Rings essay collection

Rob Reid, photos by Andrea Paulseth

No matter how far your quest may take you – perhaps even to Middle-Earth – you would be hard-pressed to find two people more knowledgeable about all things Tolkien than local scholars Jan Bogstad and Phil Kaveny.

Local Poet Wins Statewide Competiton

Rob Reid

Local poet Jessi Peterson won third place in a prestigious statewide poetry contest for her poem Century Farm. The contest is sponsored by the Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine, affiliated with the Wisconsin Academy of Science & Letters.

Printed in Cricket

local illustrator published in big-time children’s magazine

Rob Reid

Writin' Bout a Generation

Julie Bowe’s Best Friend trilogy

Rob Reid

My Last Best Friend, the first book in Bowe's series, was chosen as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education – a big deal in Kiddy Lit Land.