Creative kids in the C-FC – 4H summer library program have designed a fanciful tree that is on display in the library until August 21st. Construction paper leaves and branches in the canopy, and yarn and marker creatures on the trunk make this 10 foot beauty a substantial addition to the library’s inner landscape. Retreat from the heat. Come sit in the shade (and the air conditioning) of your neighborhood library.
Stop into the library if you haven’t done so for a couple of months. We have moved things around a bit to make our library more comfortable for library users!
DVDs and Books on CD are out of the corner and into public view. New Books are ready and waiting in a more open area. Our sturdy oak table will now seat 4 comfortably in a bright but cozy spot. And our upholstered chairs have more room for 4 to sit and chat.
Let us know what you think of these changes!
The family of Fred Linse recently made a donation to the library in his memory. This gift allowed us to purchase a variety of western stories in various formats. Of particular note is the 2014 Spur Award winner for best western traditional novel, Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher, and two 2014 Spur finalists, The Promise by Ann Weisgarber (for best western historical novel, and The Hardest Ride, by Gordon L Rottman (for best western traditional novel.)
The Western Writers of America organization “annually honors writers for distinguished writing about the American west.” www.westernwriters.org
Other new western titles purchased with this gift include paperbacks, large print titles, hard and soft covers books, an Audio CD, and a children’s picture book, B is for Buckaroo, by Louise Doak Whitney.
The library also purchased ten Disney classics in DVD! Stop in and check out these new titles!
Have you ever painted a rain barrel? The Alma Public Library has a beautiful painted rain barrel on display. Painted by artist Betty Kendrick, the barrel is designed to attract painters for the 2015 Rain Barrel Painting Contest, sponsored by the Washburn Neighborhood Association in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The contest attracts artists of all ages and abilities. Painting the barrels is fun, and the event helps to promote water conservation!
The barrels will be auctioned off at the Washburn Garden Expo on March 21st. For more information, visit the website: www.washburnneighborhood.org.
This December marks Diane’s 20th Anniversary of excellent library service.
Diane now holds the Library Assistant II position; helping with collection development, story time, checkout counter and is in charge of cataloging. Diane takes part in story times and summer programming. You may remember her at Alma Elementary School participating in the Read-a-thon or Child Development Days.
Diane grew up in Buffalo City and graduated from C-FC. She attended Winona Technical College in sales and management. Diane is married with two daughters, a granddaughter, and currently lives with her husband on the family dairy farm. Diane came to Alma Public Library in 1994 as a library aide.
Diane says, “This has always been my dream job.” Join the Alma Board of Trustees in congratulating her on her great achievement.
Marie Marquardt is retiring December 12th after 15 fun years at the library. “I will miss all the wonderful patrons whom I have had the pleasure to serve. I really love this beautiful area and its people.” says Marie. She came to Alma in April of 1999 and was hired as Librarian and Director in December. The Library has grown into the new millennium with leaps and bounds in service and technology needs.
The new librarian to take charge of this adventure is Rita Magno. She will be joining the Alma Public Library on December 15th! Ms. Magno comes to us from the Lone Rock Public Library, on the southwestern part of the state. Rita has been working in libraries for 18 years and brings a wealth of experience working both in public and academic libraries. Stop in sometime and say hello!