Rain Barrel on Display

By , January 14, 2015

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!

Contest rules:

1.To get a barrel, contact Randy Magno, 608-784-2377
2.Contest entry fee is $15.00
3.Contest theme: “Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees”
4.Paint the barrel using the instructions provided.
5.The barrel must be returned to Randy by February 28th.
6.Judging and Prize awarding will begin at 1:00 p.m. March 21st, 2015 at the Washburn Garden Expo, Lincoln Middle School Cafeteria, La Crosse, WI.
7.Categories will be Novice, Apprentice and Master
8.The finished barrels become the property of the Washburn Neighborhood
Association, and will be auctioned off at the Washburn Garden Expo.

Stop in to see the wonderful barrel on display thru January 30th!


Diane Wald’s 20th Anniversary

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By , December 19, 2014
Diane Wald, Library Assistant II

Diane Wald, Library Assistant II

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.



Meet Rita Magno, New Library Director

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By , December 8, 2014

Changing of the GuardMarie 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!



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By , November 12, 2014



National Game Day Participation 2014

Now Hiring Part-time Director/Librarian for the City of Alma, WI

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By , September 24, 2014

The City of Alma seeks a dynamic, energetic, and creative person with a strong dedication to customer service to become our Library Director. Alma Library is a successful library serving over 3,500 residents along the beautiful Mississippi River and surrounding rural areas. The Library Director is responsible for the development and implementation of library strategies, policies and procedures for delivering services, and maintaining a welcoming environment in support of the mission and goals of the library. This individual must also possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to administer library services within a budget, and the desire to work with community officials and citizens to ensure that community library service needs are met.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

      Manages and supervises library operations

      Coordinates the library program with other city departments and outside organizations such as the school district, historical society, and community based groups

      Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range library plans

      Gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations

      Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow

      Communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff, the public, and city officials

      Prepares and administers budget for all areas under the library department

      Coordinates library development and fundraising

      Promotes interest in library programs

Desired Minimum Qualifications:

       Is Grade III Public Library Certified or has the ability to become certified as found in the Certification Manual: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/files/pld/pdf/certmanual.pdf

       Previous library and customer service experience

       Valid state driver’s license or the ability to travel to library meetings and conferences in the region, state, or nation

Desired Skills, Knowledge, & Abilities:

      Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of modern library systems and programs

      Thorough knowledge of library collection classification and selection techniques

      Knowledge of equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive library system

      Proven leadership skills and the ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement a comprehensive library system

      Extensive communication skills and the ability to communicate on a variety of platforms (verbally, via email, via social media, etc.)

      Skill in operation of computers; including website design and publishing, word processing and database management software

      Knowledge of current trends and developments in the library field, including technology developments

      Considerable knowledge of children’s, young adult and adult literature and online resources

      Ability to analyze library service in relation to the needs of the community and to redirect services consistent with changing public needs and library policy

      Ability to coordinate, analyze, and utilize a variety of reports and records

      Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, and the public

      Ability to work a minimum of 25 hours per week, with a regular work shift during library hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

      Flexibility to work additional days, evenings, and weekends as needed


CLICK HERE for Full Job Description

How to Apply: To apply for the Alma Library Director/Librarian position, submit a cover letter, resume (indicating education, certification and experience), and 3-5 references to:



Contact: almalibrarydirector@gmail.com

Job pays: Competitive, includes benefits (DOE)

Starting date:  Mid-November

Applications: Applications will close upon the hiring of a suitable candidate

Have Fun Preparing Your Children for Kindergarten

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By , September 27, 2013

The period from birth to kindergarten is crucial for developing language and early literacy knowledge, skills, and dispositions (or attitudes). Children with literacy experiences at this age do better in school and in life. 

Your Alma Public Library has dozens of building-block resources for reading especially for your child’s age group.  Come in today and let us help you select some fun books to start your 1,000 booklist.  And register for our Summer Reading program starting June 2nd.



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