It was unlike any other flu.

Throughout 1918-1919, the monster flu pandemic swept the globe, infecting nearly one-third of the world's population and killing at least 50 million.

It killed the young and the strong.

And it killed them fast - often within 24 hours.

A century after the pandemic, there are lessons to be learned. We'll highlight the history and those lessons in a special program Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. called "A Century After the Flu Pandemic: Life in Wisconsin During the Killer Flu of 1918-1919." Historian Kurt Leichtle will take us deep into an experience so deadly it literally dropped the nation's average life expectancy by 12 years. Leichtle will include details about Wisconsin's response to the pandemic.

This presentation ties into the NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley, a one-book, one-community program featuring Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The novel explores life in a dystopian world after a fictional swine flu wipes out the majority of the population. In this devastated world, a small troupe of actors and musicians try to preserve art and culture in the aftermath of society's collapse.

For more information about this and other services, visit or call 715-386-3101. See you at the library!

Upcoming events

Genealogy at the Library, Thursday April 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. "A Century After the Flu Pandemic," presented by professor Kurt Leichtle. Presentation will be followed by a Genealogy Club meeting.

Teen Advisory Board, Friday April 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. New members welcome! Grades 6-12.

Teen Night at the Library, Friday April 12, 6-8:30 p.m. It's "Nursing Home Night!" Dress as your future elderly self and play bingo, shuffleboard and other games for the aged. All-you-can-eat pancakes! Register at the youth services desk.

Saturday Crafternoon, Saturday April 13, 1-3 p.m. Adult Coloring! Ages 16+. Register online or at the front desk.

Family Movie Day: "Mulan" (G), Sunday April 14, 1-3 p.m. A whole family event! Popcorn & snacks, too.

Library Board Meeting, Tuesday April 16, 5:30-8 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

NEA Big Read Book Club, Tuesday April 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. Register at the front desk.

Adulting: Supercharge Your College Experience - A Program for Teens, Wednesday April 17, 6-7:30 p.m. Learn about study habits, college housing, dealing with roommates and carving out a social life. Register online or at the front desk.

Dogs & Tots, Thursday April 18, 6-6:45 p.m. Learn how to prepare your dog for a new baby. Register online or at the front desk.

Adult Storytime at Hop & Barrel, Thursday April 18, 7-8 p.m. Why should kids have all the fun? Our theme is "Wish You Were Beer." Snacks provided. Beer for purchase. Ages 21+

Toddler Time, Tuesdays 10:15 a.m.

Babies & Books, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:15 a.m.

Stories for All (0-5), Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.

Bookmarks Book Club, Wednesday April 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. We'll be reading "First Man: the Life of Neil Armstrong" by James R. Hanson.

Traveling Book Club, Thursday April 18, 6-8 p.m. "Before We Were Yours," by Lisa Wingate. Register at the front desk.

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