IFLS Library Volunteer of the Year
On May 8th, the Indianhead Federated Library System hosted the 30th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Banquet at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. Among those honored was an individual who has had a long history of service at the Deer Park Public Library.
Since 1993, Mildred Roberts has faithfully volunteered for three hours every Tuesday afternoon. During this time Millie has seen many changes both in the library building itself and in the cataloging of books. The old bank building on the corner of Front Street and Highway 46 housed the first library. Millie reminisced about a funny story involving the glue bottles used to glue the card pockets in the back of books. When Millie and the rest of the library staff came into work one day they discovered chew marks on a bottle of glue. Looking up, they found the culprit; a brown bat had glued itself to the curtains!
Most of the items available for checkout at the Deer Park Library have been meticulously prepared by Millie. Also, her expertise as a reader helps us decide what books our patrons would enjoy reading. We proudly announce that she is the first person to be named IFLS Library Volunteer of the Year.
Our summer reading program was a success with 35 registered children.
2007-2008 Winter reading program
Children and teens can sign up in the library and will receive talleys on a chart for number of pages read. Talleys will be awarded when the participant gives a book report to one of our librarians. Talleys can be used to choose small prizes.
Preschool Storytime - Wednesdays at 10:15am
Crafts for 1st – 6th graders
Every Thursday from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm we provide a craft and/or activities for children 1st through 6th grade.
Our Holiday Book Sale went very well. We sold 55 bags of books at a dollar a bag and the winner of the gift certificate to the Village Pizzeria in Amery was Diane Burri.
1. SURVEY RELEASED FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY ECONOMIC
IMPACT/RETURN ON INVESTMENT STUDY
NorthStar Economics has been retained by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to study the economic impact of public libraries in Wisconsin. To gather information for the study, they are surveying library users and non-users throughout the state. They would like to receive responses from a broad range of Wisconsin residents and are requesting that the survey be widely available. Libraries, systems, and communities throughout Wisconsin are encouraged to make the link to the online survey broadly available and to distribute information about the survey link to local media.
The survey can be found on their home page: http://www.northstareconomics.com or the direct link is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=qyjYazUcsULPwoJ4nWVoHw_3d_3d. The direct link can also be reached from: http://wislibsurvey.notlong.com.
Questions about the survey or the study can be directed to either Alan J. Hart, Vice President & Director of Operations or David J. Ward, President at email@example.com.
Regional focus groups and data collection will be conducted throughout Wisconsin during February and early March, 2008. The results of the study will be announced at the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries Conference on May 1, 2008 in Stevens Point.
Information on other state and regional studies of the economic impact and taxpayer return on investment of public libraries can be found here: http://dpi.wi.gov/pld/econimpact.html.
John Thompson, Director
Indianhead Federated Library System
1538 Truax Blvd.
Eau Claire, WI 54703
June 22, 2008