The renovated Rosholt Branch Library opened its doors with a grand opening celebration on July 28. The dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. was followed by an open house until 3 p.m.
Although the desire for new library space spanned decades, the actual planning for the new library began in earnest in 2009, when a committee was appointed by the Rosholt Village Board to explore a new library. That committee visited libraries in Amherst, Iola, Scandinavia and Hatley.
After much discussion, the Rosholt Library Committee decided to renovate the existing village hall and former fire station. The original concept was to renovate the entire building, but in order to get the fire bays converted into new library space as soon as possible, the Rosholt Library Committee broke down the project into phases.
Phase 1, the renovated library space, and Phase 2, the renovated bathrooms, were completed by the grand opening. The final phases - Phase 3, the meeting room renovation, and Phase 4, exterior work - are waiting for additional funding.
Donations from visionary donors and years of hard work by dedicated volunteers led by Kate Zdroik, made the transition to the beautiful new facility a reality.
The county funds the day-to-day operation of the library, and it provided funding for furniture, fixtures and equipment as well as $10,000 to purchase fresh new materials to add to Rosholt's existing collection.
The Library Board of Trustees approved and hopes to secure permanent funding to provide new hours of operation at the greatly expanded renovated space. For the balance of this year, the Rosholt Branch will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The youth "dug into their reading." The adults "anticipated the apocalypse and ended up with romance." But all came to an end on Aug. 2 when the youth and adult summer reading programs wrapped up. Does that mean there nothing to look forward to? Absolutely not! Storytime will return in September. Be sure to ask Youth Services at 715-346-1549 about any upcoming programming.
The Library Book Group resumes Sept. 11 and 12. The group meets once a month in the Prairie Room; Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m. The first book to be discussed is "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is the story of the previously impoverished, but now wealthy Jay Gatsby, trying to win back the beautiful but spoiled Daisy Buchanan. Even if you're already familiar with the book, it will make for a robust discussion examining the excess and decadence of this 1920s period, and the eternal problems of money, ambition and greed. All are welcome.
If you're not into book clubs, just come browse, read or relax with a good book, magazine or paper. Or, do you need a notary, have to send a fax or would like to conduct genealogical research? Your public library is there for you this August.