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McIntosh Memorial Library of Viroqua Book Buzz

McIntosh Memorial Library of Viroqua Book Buzz

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McIntosh Memorial Library is one of several organizations participating in the Waking Up White Regional Read now through November. The program encourages people to read “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race” by Debby Irving.

In addition, there will be opportunities to attend public presentations, and engage in book chat conversations about ways to create a more welcoming and inclusive multicultural community.

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration can be done on the La Crosse Public Library’s event calendar at

There are 20 Book Chats scheduled over the course of the Regional Read, at a variety of locations across the area. These are free, 90-minute, small group, theme based facilitated discussions based on a topic raised in the book “Waking Up White.”

Having finished the book is not a requirement for joining the discussion. Book Chat spaces are limited to six people per group to facilitate courageous conversations. McIntosh Memorial Library will be hosting a chat on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. The title is, “Why Being ‘Color-Blind’ is Not a Good Approach.” The discussion will be facilitated by Dodie Whitaker from Viroqua. Registration for the event is required. Register at

Friday, Sept. 24 is the deadline to donate items to the Friends of the Library for their annual Fiber Faire Silent Auction. Donations of handcrafted fiber items can be dropped off now inside the Friends of the Library Bookstore. Items being accepted include quilts, blankets, clothing, seasonal décor, jewelry, and more! Items donated will be put up for bid during a three-week silent auction in the month of October. The library will have the handmade items on display. All funds raised from the auction will be used by the organization to fund special purchases for the library. Questions can be directed to the bookstore at 637-7151, extension 2.

Are you enjoying the special programming we are offering during the month of September? Thanks to grant funding from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, we are recognizing September as Hispanic Heritage Month with special programs every weekend in September.

For the complete schedule of events stop by the library, visit our website, or watch for updates on the “Viroqua Library” Facebook page.

Don’t forget September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Anyone signing up for a card through the McIntosh Memorial Library this month will be awarded a book bag! Signing up for a card is free and takes about 5 minutes of your time.

To stay up-to-date on everything happening at the library, like the “Viroqua Library” page on Facebook, visit our website at, or visit us in person at 205 S. Rock Ave. in Viroqua.


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