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Threads of Tradition: A Hmong Community Collaboration is the name of a partnership between McIntosh Memorial Library, La Crosse Public Library and the Hmong Community and Cultural Agency.

Together we will be offering many programs and activities to recognize the Hmong people in our area over the coming months. During the month of July, the McIntosh Memorial Library will display personal collections of folk art, textiles, carvings and other collectibles from members of the Hmong community residing in La Crosse. On Monday, July 11, we’ll be hosting a 6 p.m. show inside the library about the exhibit. The program will be about the work of art, its story and the story it represents. During the month of August, the work will be exhibited at the La Crosse public library. Additionally, in July we will be hosting a Hmong Arts Workshop in Viroqua on Tuesday, July 19 at 6 p.m., followed by a program on July 28 at 6 p.m. with Wisconsin author Dr. Pao Lor. Lor wrote a book called “Modern Jungles: a Hmong Refugees Childhood Story of Survival”. You can see all the programs we have scheduled by visiting the library website at

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In support of recognizing June as National Pollinator Month, we will be hosting a special in-person program on Thursday, June 30. Retired biologist Beverly Paulan will present a program in the library lobby at 6 p.m. titled “Native Plants Need Native Pollinators Pollinators Need Native Plants.

Paulan has been an educator, a pilot, an ornithologist, a toad trainer, a mother crane and a butterfly whisperer: and these are exactly the things she was paid to do! After earning a degree in biology and her pilot’s license, she pursued her dreams and combined the two by working for organizations as diverse as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Operation Migration. Currently, she is “officially” retired, but still flies as a freelance contract pilot and surveys endangered butterflies, habitats and bats as a citizen scientist.

National Pollinator Month was created to draw attention to the importance of the relationship between pollinators and plants. Almost all seed plants in the world need pollinators. According to the National Wildlife Federation, which kicked off National Pollinator Month in June, one in three bites of food comes from a pollinated source.

The McIntosh Memorial Library will be closed July 2-4 for Independence Day weekend. The library will reopen at regular hours on Tuesday, July 5. While the library is closed, book and media return slots will be open for your returns. You can still order materials from the Libby app. Have a question? Call the loan office at 608-637-7151 ext 6.

To stay up to date on everything happening at the library, such as the “Viroqua Library” page on Facebook, visit our website at, or visit us in person at 205 South Rock Avenue in Viroqua.

Angela C. Hale