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Avoid Beach Day Bummers

algae blooms, bacteria can spoil the fun

Summer is right around the corner, and that means so is beach-going season! Be sure you know where to find up-to-date beach closing information before the season officially kicks off. E-notifications are one of the ways ...

Steps to Having a Food Safe Summer

With warmer temperatures, foodborne illness rates increase in the summer. Warmer temperatures can cause the number of bacteria in food to double in as little as 20 minutes! One of ...

National Ice Cream Month? Let’s All Scream

There’s only one way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month this July: Pick up a scoop of ice cream from your favorite local ice cream parlor! If you’re heading ...

WHY IS THAT? Squeaky Cheese Curds

the science behind Wisconsin’s famous snack

There’s nothing like picking up a fresh, warm bag of cheese curds at the farmers market and getting that first squeaky bite. That squeak comes from a special way that long protein molecules in fresh ...

The ARTmobile’s Online Detour

children’s art program comes to web after Pablo Center’s closure

For years, the ARTmobile has been a colorful attraction for children and their parents across the Chippewa Valley, popping up at locations from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library to Oakwood Mall to Phoenix Park. The roaming program ...

Aiming For a ‘No Bummer Summer’

what children’s lit can teach kids about living through a pandemic

I was there once, too: looking blindly at the walls of my bright, hot pink bedroom wondering what in the heck and goldarn tarnation I would do with my abundance of free time since school was out for the summer. Just when school ...

Lessons From Ye Olde Past

learning about chivalry, tolerance, and turkey legs at the renaissance faire

My plan was simple: invent a time machine, make a brief trip to the 16th century, disparage a hot-headed knight, get challenged to a joust by the aforementioned hot-headed knight, win said joust, and finally ...

Connoisseur of Concrete

Eau Claire teen’s sidewalk chalk art brings joy to Third Ward neighborhood

Have you ever wondered what a mushroom-bird looks like? Or an armadillo fused with a birthday cake? These are the kinds of bizarre and quirky ...

Plug in to Virtual Summer Learning

here’s what you need to know about the proliferation of online educational options

In addition to lazy days filled with squirt-gun fights, bike rides, and (way too many) video games, for many kids summers are also time for sleep-away camps, parks and rec classes, summer schools, and other ...

Taking Care of Your Health During the Pandemic

medical system takes steps to protect patients and staff

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all moving forward, especially as we experience many changes in our daily activities and in our society. We want to assure you ...

Screen Time Spike? Don’t Panic!

during quarantine – and afterward – parents should help kids navigate the digital world

The spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic has created plenty of anxieties for parents trying to balance work and family responsibilities amid ever-changing uncertainties. In this ...

Virtual Chalkfest 2020: View the Winners!

Today, we’re announcing the winners! The (chalk) dust has settled, thousands of votes have been tallied, and you have chosen the winners from among the 142 solo artists and teams ...

What Good Books Do

a new teacher reaches reluctant readers with the help of a badger

There are books that we read and forget. There are those we remember for a little while. And there are those that we remember for a lifetime. Those books transform us and transform those we ...

Read and Explore (Virtually) at the Library

this summer, read books, learn things, win prizes, and more!

Get ready, get set, and go virtual for summer reading programs at the public libraries in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, and Altoona! Kids can track their reading progress virtually ...

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