It's Your Library; Check it Out!


I’m thinking about unsung heroes these days. There are often individuals and groups who operate behind the scenes to keep the library running smoothly. One group that comes to mind is the 7 women and men who serve on the Library Board as Trustees. Public Libraries are governed by Wisconsin Statute 43.54(1) and the people who serve on the library board have certain duties.
 
Trustees are responsible for the following: a) preparing and attending monthly meetings; b) they select, appoint and supervise a competent Library Director; c) they approve the annual budget and monitor and approve library finances; d) they supervise the building and grounds; e) they cooperate with local public officials and encourage support for the library; and f) they approve and submit the annual report to the Wisconsin Division for Libraries. I could create an even longer description, but I think that this gives you a bit of flavor for what it is that they do. I truly appreciate them for the ongoing support and encouragement that they give to my staff and me!
 
I’d like to name them and publically thank them for their service (I hope that you will thank them also): Allan McCoy, John Jacoby, Tami Bartoli, MaryAnne Rivers, Santa Consiglio, Kristina Murphy, and Joyce Reed. For your information, the Library Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the library basement. Any patron is welcome to attend and/or address the Board.
 
Earth Day was on Sunday April 22nd; however we at the library will celebrate it on Saturday May 5th. The event will be called “Books, Birds and Butterflies” and from 10:00am to 1:00pm Volunteers from the Kettle Moraine Land Trust will be here to encourage wise stewardship of local landscapes. They will provide patrons with tips, guides, native plants and seeds. We will also have earth-day inspired books available for you to check-out. Join us for the celebration!
 
Also, the Summer Reading Program is coming; the Summer Reading Program is coming! Parents, Kids, Teens, and Adults, we are gearing up for an exciting summer of reading, programs and prizes! Stay tuned and I will share more with you in a future column. I will, however, give you one hint about the summer storywagon programs: the SNAKES are coming back for an encore!!
 
If you have an idea for a new book or DVD to add to our collection stop by and let us know, we are always looking to add new titles. In the meantime, stop by and check out the new materials we currently have, or on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 3:00pm you can go down into the Lower level and take a look at the older titles we have in storage. Please come and check things out at your library!