Website of the Week


Website of the Week  

These websites are generally intended for adults and young adults. If we post a website that is primarily for younger patrons, we will note that in the description. All the websites posted here are intended to be viewed by anyone, but some links on them may not be family friendly. Due to the nature of the Web, it is very difficult for us to ensure that every website's links are completely appropriate for every patron.
The first week of May is National Wildflower Week!  The US Forest Service has lots of information about wildflowers.
Recent Websites of the Week

Lots of people love Wisconsin.  Here is a website that tells their stories.

Here's your chance to watch a zoo cam of the naked mole rat!  Or maybe you would prefer the one for lions, elephants, or giant pandas. All four are here: 

The vernal equinox happens on the March 20th this year. Here's an explanation of it, and a bit about the county that celebrates this a national holiday.

This nifty site provides information about how long you can keep food after you purchase it.

The Ager House is a museum in Eau Claire, managed by the Waldemar Ager Association.  Most events are free and open to the public.

Wisconsin has a poet laureate, thanks to the Wisconsin Academy of the Arts. 

Here's information about how birds survive the cold.

Welcome to LyndaLibrary, available online with your library card. You can learn business, design, IT, photography, and 3D/animation skills.  It's free, too! You will have to create a profile on your first visit.

The Center for Disease Control has many helpful resources available.  One is their information about the opioid crisis.  Here's the link:

This is the link for the 2019 Fuel Economy Guide from the EPA.  It is no longer being sent in print to libraries.

This lets you see what words entered the English language in a particular year.
Did you know we have magazines online?  Free and available at 2:00 a.m.  You need a library card number to open the site. You can also find them at the MORE catalog, by clicking the Flipster icon. 

 We have lots of bees buzzing about in the fall.  Some are friendly, and some are less nice.  Here is how to tell them apart.

   The American Council for the Blind offers wonderful information at their site, including laws that protect people with visual challenges.  The White Cane Law is one example.

This site offers information about what happened on a certain day in the past, or something historical--with no certain date.  

This site is all about Memorial Day in the United States.  There is much to learn here! 
Australia has 6 national parks and 58 marine parks.  You can learn about them at this site:

This website focuses on the First Nations in Wisconsin.  There are many resources here!    This map is a favorite on the site:   It shows who lived in areas across the USA.  Just type in the city you want to know about. 

May is National Bike Month, and it is a great way to start the summer season.  For other opportunties around the country, check this site, provided by the US government:   You can search just Wisconsin, too, if  you want to stay closer to home.

 Here is a site that shows historical weather temperatures.  It goes back to 1945.

Here are two sites that explain Passover.
This webiste offers resources for farmers who need legal information. It has a variety of forms and places to seek information, so it is a great place to start.  It does NOT provide the level of legal advice given by lawyers.
Here's a map that shows you which tribe(s) lived on the land you now occupy.  It is very well made and interesting as can be!
This website lists resources for gluten-free living, including a (huge) list of companies that sell gluten-free products. 

Complete and informative website from the National Institute of Health about alcohol.

Snowy Owls in Wisconsin!  And all along the east coast.  Learn more about these great birds at this site. 

There is plenty to do here in Wisconsin over the winter holidays.  Just follow this link to find out where!

December 6th is St. Nicholas Day and it is celebrated around the world in a variety of ways.  Learn more about this day that is very special in many countries.

New regulations are in effect for deer hunting in Wisconsin (November 2017).  Here's a link to the current information.

Halloween began as a remembrance of the dead, and this kind of holiday occurs around the world.  This website offers a sample of these holidays.

This website covers all the information you could ever need to kow about financial institutions and what information must be reported to the government.  This section provides an example of what is available for you:
 Here is a great link to help you find farm fresh food all over Wisconsin!

Here is information about the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Did you know there is a Wisconsin law library?  It covers all sorts of information about the law. 

 This link takes you to a great site from the Department of Public Instruction.  The BadgerLink site offers information for Adult Learning, Careers, College Prep and College Learning, as well GED information.

This is a wonderful video--not really a full website--about how people with hearing issues should interact with police during a routine stop.  It is very helpful for everyone to know this!

Fake news is the news this year.  Here is an opportunity to see if you recognize fake news when you see it.  It is pretty fun, too!

Flag Day is this week, and it seems to have started here in Wisconsin!  Read about it at this great site about the U.S. flag.

Fishing during the summer is always popular. And here is the DNR list of places to fish if you don't have access on your own land: 

 Here is a calendar that lets you see what holidays are being celebrated in different countries around the world.  It is great fun and pretty amazing!  Try it out.

Because April is National Poetry Month, here is a link to a poets-poetry site that has everybody!  It is a marvelous site, with several ways to find poetry and the poets who write it. 

Here is a somewhat annoying map of the US counties rated by climate and such.  Just check it out and see if you agree with this 1999 assessment of the country.

Do you know what the federal funding for libraries actually does?  Since it is in the news, here is some information about the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Here is the link to their page:  You can see how much money comes to Wisconsin via link for IMLS IN YOUR STATE: 

March is Women's History Month.  Find out about what women have done to make history!  Here are two links.

What do you know about glass sponges?  Here is a great site from British Columbia that will tell you about these amazing creatures. There is also a short article about glass sponges from the University of Alberta at the second link. 
With all the talk about the news being "news," here is a site that offers the left, the center, and the right all together--side by side--so you can decide which seems the most accurate.

Here is a great link to an infographic about how to make a critical decision.  Not a mean-spirited "critical decision" but a well-reasoned "critical decision."  You can apply this to any situation

How many holidays does the US have in a year?  Here's a link to that information.

Christmas trees are a favorite, thanks to Queen Victoria.  Here's a bit of history about them.

This link will give you information about the "fake news" epidemic that has clouded every news story for months.  It is important to check what is posted on the internet, even if you favorite uncle shared it and  he never lies!  Please do read and follow the suggestions given here.

 Here is the link to the newest items in the MORE catalog.  It is easy to browse and you can put holds on everything you see listed.

Do you desperately need a break from all kinds troubles?  Here are puppies and kittens to distract you.

Are you trying to find the music for a song?  Look no futher!  Try this Badgerlink page to help you find out who owns the music.  You can request these scores at the library. 

 Should you want to hear the news from France, or Boliva, or even Singapore, here is a site to use.  Radio stations from around the world with clear identification about their content (for most of them).  They are labeled as "community" or "classic rock" or "Christian community," and so on, which makes it easy to decide what you want to try.  This is a great way to master a new language!

Did you know that Wisconsin has a Water Library? Here is a bit of information about it: Established in 1964 by the UW Water Resources Institute, the Wisconsin Water Library (formerly known as the Water Resources Library) is unique among UW-Madison’s many libraries for its collection of 30,000 volumes about the waters of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes.

If you like to read magazines online, here is a very helpful site!  You do need a library card in Wisconsin to use BadgerLink. BadgerLink staff have prepared this list of popular magazines available through EBSCO, which includes many of the affected titles. We will continue to keep this resource up to date as availability changes. BadgerLink resources are available to Wisconsin residents 24 hours a day using a Wisconsin public library card number on our login page.

Thanks to Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog for this helpful information.  There have been many occasions recently that the U.S. has been flying its flags at half-staff. According to's page on the American flag, the U.S. flag flies at half-staff when the nation is in mourning. These periods of mourning occur by Presidential proclamation.   The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has a page on Flag-Lowering Orders in Wisconsin. Not only does it give the current flag status and explain under what situations the flag is lowered, it also lists US and state flag lowering proclamations going back to 2009. 

Here are four websites that don’t track your searches. They work just like the ones that do track everything you look at. Try one!        

If you don't like the websites you found when looking for something, try this site.  It searches similar sites from all over. This might be very helpful when you "sort of remember" the site, and can't quite find it. 

This is a daily video site, with short videos filmed mostly in the Minnesota region.  They are lovely! 

Here is a huge, giant, enormous list of holidays to entertain you through the Christmas and New Year weeks.  Have a wonderful holiday season, no matter which of these you celebrate!  The list is from at this link: 

 In honor of Pearl Harbor, here is information about December 7, 1941.

Don't get cheated at any time of year!  You can contact the Wisconsin consumer protection folk about general issues or about specific ones, such as 

Consumers can contact our hotline staff by e-mail at or through our toll-free hotline at 1-800-422-7128.

Insects, plants, and animals are found at these sites.  Zooniverse lets you join in the research, and has webcams all around the world.

Established in 1988, the non-profit Raptor Resource Project specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls. Their mission is to preserve and strengthen raptor populations, expand participation in raptor preservation, and help foster the next generation of preservationists. 

Here are 15 sites to help you find information on the internet--even though the link says "top ref 10." Crosswords, weather, search engines, and much more!

This site has information about characters from books and movies, with quotes and lists and quizzes. Lots of fun!

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation wants people to be safe on the roads, whether they are driving or riding a bike or waiting for a school bus.  This page on the DOT’s website offers not just information, but has links to some educational games, too.  Thanks to Wisconsin Division for Libraries & Technology for sharing the link.

Leaf it to Rusk is at the end of September.  Check out the Wisconsin tourism site's information about this great festival. 

In case you didn't know where to find information online about the NFL, here it is.     Here's a link for the fantasy football, in case you favorite team isn't playing as it should!

Just in case you need information about the Rusk County school where you live, here are the websites for the three public school districts.

This week's website features 32 maps that show an incredible variety of different things about the world.  Did you know that Google Maps show different borders for countries, depending on where you live?  Or did you know that passports are not equally useful?  Check out these maps to find out more!

Etymology is the study of how the use of words changes over time.  Or as this site says, "is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English."  Check out the world of words at If you really like this, they also have a Facebook page, where you can hit a wheel-rut of language on a regular basis.  

Check out the Friends of the Library's Facebook page.  The Booktique is open on the lower level when volunteers are available.  It is open all year round--not just when the Big Book Sales happen.

The Dictionary of American Regional English is now digital!  Right now--June of 2015, and possibly longer--you can try out 100 words at no cost.  This database normally requires a subscription (at a hefty cost!!), so try it now while it is free. 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is planning to spray for Gypsy Moths in Wisconsin.  This site lists pretty much everything you could possibly need to know.

This site seems to be straightforward, and lists everybody running for President 18 months out--you can search by party using the links along the right side.

Do you read e-books?  Are you looking for suggestions about what to read?  Try this site, Open Road Media, for a broad offering of materials. You can use this site to find print books, too.  The Newsletters link at the top of their web page lets you sign up for a selection of review newsletters.

Here are places to look for work.   Some are easier to use than others, but they all list jobs in Wisconsin.   Two of these are specifically for agricultural work.

Did you know that you can get the Wisconsin State Statutes online?  The complete laws of Wisconsin, including the annotations

Origami—the art of folding paper—is ancient, fascinating, and some say it is fun.  Here are some links to help you learn about the history of this delicate art.

Money Smart Week started in 2002, and has grown since then.  This link explains this national program.

State parks are great places to visit!  Wisconsin has 47 of them.   Tiny little Delaware has 18, and Washington has 188!   This site has a great map to help you find the place you want to visit.

Since everyone talks about it, I thought it was time to post a website for it:  the weather.  This is a very nice site that does much more than tell you that it might rain today.

Here’s a free website that offers the basics for learning languages. It offers a variety-- not just French, German, and Spanish, but languages such as Hebrew, Korean, and Dutch.   Visual, audio, and written are all included in the different formats.

Do you own an historic building?  Do you want to own one?  This link to the Historic Building information at the Wisconsin Historical Society can help you learn about what is involved in maintaining and restoring what you own.

Here is a great site to help you find authors you will enjoy.  You only have to type in one author’s name and many others will appear on a “map.”  The names float at different distances from the original author’s name to indicate how closely alike they are. It’s fun!

Musicals in the theater have been popular for many years!  Here is a website that lists many, many of the memorable ones, and some not-so-memorable ones.  There are also currently running plays listed.  A good source—it lists the songs, original casts, and other information.


The History Place offers information about what happened in a particular month.  Most of the events are from American or British history.  There is a great deal of other information available on the site also. 

Students and teachers--did you know that all these sites are available 24 hours a day?  If you need to know about a scientist, or dinosaurs, or you have to find an Accelerated Reader title, you can do all that right from the Badgerlink site.   All you need is a library card. 

Advanced directives, living wills, and power of attorney papers are important for everyone.  It doesn’t matter about your age or your state of health.  Check out these links to learn more about how to control what happens to you! The first link is from Rusk County Memorial Hospital, and the information is toward the bottom of the page.  The second link is from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the last is a very interesting and informative broadcast from public radio about LaCrosse’s city wide living will program.



Just a silly site with great pictures this week.  Have fun!

Here is the official IRS site, which provides both information and forms.  The library does get forms, but we don’t always have them when you are ready to do your taxes—and we cannot get every form needed by everyone.  You can print most forms here at the library, but we do charge the usual $.15 for each page.

There are many holiday traditions in December.  Here are four that are most likely to be celebrated in the USA.

Here is some information on creating a strong password.  The link below shows you how fast your password can be hacked.   

If you want to play around with different combinations to see how fast they could get hacked: 

Don't enter your real password here but you can see how easy and hard just adding things like a space and a symbol can make your password to hack.

Here’s where to find information about not just listings for work, but about learning skills to get a job.  To get started, just click this link: 

A celebration of thanksgiving happens in many places and at different times, and certainly doesn’t involve roast turkey and pumpkin pie, but it does center on the idea of giving thanks. Here are a couple of links that talk about this world wide idea.

Veteran’s Day wasn’t Veteran’s Day until 1954.  Read about the history of this special day at the link below.

We all know that voting is important in a democracy.  But should it be compulsory?  Here are a few websites that examine this matter.   The arguments are quite something!

The Library of Congress has some wonderful online information, and the American Folklife Center is one of them.

Here is valid and scientific information about ebola.  One is from the National Institute of Health and the second is from the Center for Disease Control.   The last one is a map from the CDC showing the historic incidents of ebola.

Advice from books written before any of us were born.  It covers almost any situation you might think of, including how to keep the cat at home and how to treat college freshman and how to change a diaper.  Please don’t really do any of these things!  Although the cat might think buttering up is okay.

The Department of Public Instruction has resources for teachers, for parents, and for home schoolers.  They are also in charge of public libraries.

You can find out the time anywhere in the world with this.  Some links even offer the weather report.

Math! Some folk actually like mathematics in its many and varied forms.  Try this site to learn more about the enticing world of numbers. 

This is a science site from Joe Hanson, a Ph.D. biologist and science writer based in Austin, TX. He is the creator/host/writer of PBS Digital Studios' It's Okay To Be Smart.  This clearly shows that science can be fun!


Did you know there is such a thing as “Time Zone News?” You can find out more about time than you imagined at this website:

Do you have a project that stumps you?  Check out this website:             



Here is a map that lets you calculate how long it would take to travel about the Roman Empire. Sounds dorky, but it is pretty fun.

Earth Science Picture of the Day brings us a lovely picture and some factual information about it.  Short and sweet.

The Digital Public Library of America is a free site that brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. 

Did you know the Rusk County Animal Shelter has a Facebook page?  Check here for lost pets, rabies clinics, and other pet-related information.

The Authentic History Center endeavors to tell the story of the United States primarily through popular culture. The site is a work in progress.


Dragonflies are all over Rusk County, and Wisconsin.  If you want to know more about them, here are two websites that can offer information.

The Rusk Area Arts Alliance brings you Music in the Park every summer, maintains the art gallery in the Library, and offers the children’s art classes at Toad House, among other exciting and fun things.

Information about your Wisconsin government is available here. Wisconsin Eye provides state-of-the-art robotic cameras in the Capitol [to] produce gavel-to-gavel, unedited coverage of state proceedings.”

This website offers constitutions from all over the world—including historical ones and proposed changes to current ones.

Online version of the famous world records!


This site from the CIA is one of the best sources of material about the countries around the world.  Easy to use, and very browseable!

Places you didn’t know you wanted to visit are found here. This site is never boring.

Fascinating information from many places can be found at the somewhat strangely named Twisted Sifter.  It has some charming information, as well as the slightly strange Shirk Report.

Here is a useful website for things Wisconsin.

This site offers an enormous amount of material about the Great Lakes area.  Nearly all materials on the site were published prior to 1924.
This site is a news feed of extremely high quality writing.  The materials are representative of many points of view, and it offers strange short videos-of-the-day and a thought-of-the-day.
Did you know you can find places that need your help by looking online?  Here is one place to find great places to volunteer—including the library here in Ladysmith.

Looking for suggestions about what to read?  Here’s a site that is pretty good at finding works that are similar—and it is available 24/7.  It may not have suggestions for the newest-of-the-new, but for most items it gives good ideas.

Here is a nice site about books based on what She Reads….or has read, as the case may be.  And, a very similar site for what Men Reading Books.  A little warning:  I have not read through all these postings and cannot speak for the NSFW language.         

This is a delightful calendar which lets you know the times of the sunrise and sunsets for where you are—in the USA or Canada.  It has some cities around the world, too.

This website offers the cost of living around the world—and covers a surprising number of places.  You can choose from over 1,600 cities and find the average cost of living.

PEW is a very highly respected and trustworthy group that discovers all kinds of things about all of us.   If you like information based on data gathered from real people, check out this site.