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RF Library Notes column: Soup, Salad & Science is back!

Soup, Salad & Science is back! The first 2018 session will be Thursday, Feb. 15 in the lower

level, starting with a light meal at 5:30 p.m., followed by a talk by UWRF Physics professor Eileen Korenic, whose topic will be "Why Car Tires Go Backwards on TV — The Stroboscopic Effect,"

On March 15, Dairy Products Technology professor Tonya Schoenfuss of the University of

Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition will give on talk on "Prebiotics: What are they? What do they do?"

Finally, on April 19, Gregory Siragusa, Senior Principal Scientist — Microbiology, Eurofins Microbiology Laboratories, Inc., New Berlin, will present a talk titled "Meet Your New Closest Friends ... All Ten Trillion of Them: How modern biology has learned about the bacteria we all carry on and in our bodies."

These programs are free and open to the public. The library is working with Community Ed and Dr. Purnendu Vasavada to coordinate these programs.

We have new Great Courses on DVD that will soon be available for checkout. Some of the titles are: History of the United States, America's Founding Fathers, Law School for Everyone, Nutrition Made Clear, The Addictive Brain, Learning Spanish, Understanding the Fundamentals of Music, America in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Age, The Industrial Revolution, and Understanding Nonverbal Communication. The library has quite a few titles, and there are more available through the MORE system.

The MORE online catalog is getting a new look beginning Feb. 6. The opening page will be cleaner, more streamlined, and hopefully easier to use. One of the things to check here is Flipster, which are electronic versions of magazines. That's right, you can read the current issue of People right on your tablet or laptop. It's all there, even the ads. If you haven't checked out Flipster, or didn't know what it was, give it a try. You will save money by not making an impulse buy at the checkout counter, and you won't have to figure out what to do with the magazine when you're done with it.

In the Youth Services area, Lego Club continues to meet every other Monday at 4 p.m. This is for children grades K-5, and requires pre-registration. Call the children's desk to sign up.

There will be a program on Presidents Day, which is also a school in-service day, so no school at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19. The program theme is Unicorns and Narwhals. I'm sure it will be magical!

This is Waffle Wednesday Month for teens. That program will take place at 4 p.m. Teens can come to talk about books and make waffles uniquely their own with a variety of toppings.

Book group reads this month:

• Grades 4-5 — "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle

• Middle School — "Stung" by Bethany Wiggins

• High School — "Made You Up" by Francesca Zappia

• The Second Tuesday and Books & Beans groups are both reading "Radium Girls: the Dark Story of America's Shining Women" by Kate Moore, who will be visiting the library on March 21.

• YA for Adults — "The DUFF" by Kody Keplinger

• Times Past History Group — "Grant" by Ron Chernow

If you'd like to join any of these groups, and want more information, call the library or go to for dates, times and locations.