A Collection of Collections: Big and Small We Love Them All! By Tamara Blomberg
Collection – 2497 Books + a few hundred videosBudget – $600 + donations (annual)Governing Body – The Library Subcommittee Susan Freiboth Bob Marschke Alise Swan Krista Blomberg Dan Swan Tammie BlombergStaff - VolunteersOGEMA BAPTIST CHURCHOGEMA, WI
Ogema BaptistChurch LibraryWorking with an annual budget ofonly $600, the OBC library relies ondonations from members of thecommunity for much of itscollection development.Serving up to 400 people, thechurch library has no paid staff, butlibrary volunteers do whatever theycan to help out.Last year the library moved to thislarger, more comfortable room andput its entire book collection onlineand in a computer database. Whilethe patrons still check things in orout the old fashioned, card &stamp way, they can now searchthe computer catalog to see what’savailable.
The OBC library has Non-fiction on the left.One interesting fact – The entire NF sectionhas Dewey classification call numbers in the 200’s. The back wall is the fiction collection. It contains a variety of Inspirational Fiction.
Located along the right wallare the children’s, youngadult & video sections.
The Rib Lake Elementary School library serves about 200 students &teachers from the school district. The children have a scheduled librarytime each week to explore and learn their way around the library.Collection – 9,346Budget – Approximately $5133Governing Body - Principal, Administrator and ultimately the DistrictSchool Board.RIB LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLRIB LAKE, WI
Rib Lake ElementarySchool LibraryBudget Breakdown:$15000 – Common School Fund$ 400 - All other-----------$15400 – Total for all 3 schools$ 5133 – Total for Elementary$2500 – Books$ 824 – Magazine Subscriptions$ 250 – Circ/Cat Plus Support$ 265 – Accelerated Reader Tests$ 93 – AR Tech Support$ 133 - Office supplies----------$ 4065 – Year to Date
Staffing Information:District Librarian: Annual Salary of $43,000 – This is a Full-time job, split between 3schools and includes her position as the Elementary Art Teacher.Library Aide: Paid Position 2 hours per day M-F (no income information available)HS Student: 1.5 hours per day on M,W, F (unpaid, but receives High School credits)Volunteers: 2 hours per day M-F with an additional hour on Tue. & Wed.
Left – Fiction is divided by AR leveland Author.Bottom Left – Color Coded ARLevelsBottom Right – 4 of 5 ARcomputers for students takingtests.
The Rib Lake Public Library is a small community library. The village of Rib Lakehas a population of around 900 people, but the library also serves thesurrounding rural area.Circulation : 35,000Budget: $78,000Governing Body: 5 Member Board of DirectorsDavid Judell – Director (MLIS Librarian -Part-time position)RIB LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARYRIB LAKE, WI
I’ve worked at the Rib Lake Library as the Circulation Specialist foralmost 5 years. This actually madethe library visit harder to do, since I already knew the answers to most of the questions. Rib Lake Public Library Board of Trustees Ned Orthmann Karen Rusch Tammy Everson Sara Robisch Joan Anderson
The picture on the left shows the Wisconsin and local history section of the library. It contains old newspapers dating back to the late 1800’s as well as local high school yearbooks and county plat books. The picture on the right is the whole non-fiction section.
Children’s Section &Play AreaMy favorite feature of thechildren’s section is the mobilehanging from the ceiling. A fewyears ago, the summer librarytheme was “Be Creative”. Wetold the kids that we were goingto make a one-of-a-kind work ofart for the library. Each child gotone foam hand to decorate anyway they wanted. Then we tookall the hands and created thismobile. It was only supposed tostay up for a few months, buteveryone liked it so much thatwe never took it down.
On the left is the adult fiction and DVD collections. To the back of the this picture is the Young Adult area with 3 public access computers, but you can’t see it from this view.The right picture shows our OPAC which is located on the top of our old card catalog. We’ll often have people open the drawers and starts searching while the computer sits idle.
The Frances L. Simek Memorial Library is a small community libraryserving a city of about 4,800 people and the surrounding area.Circulation – 125,649 (2008)Collection – 44,338 (2008)Governing Body – 8 Member - Board of DirectorsAnn Harris - DirectorFRANCES L. SIMEK MEMORIAL LIBRARY400 NORTH MAIN ST.MEDFORD, WI 54451
• Staff: Ann Harris- Director Marlene Klemm - Youth Services Jenny Rundquist - Technical Services Donna Klinner - Public Services Cathy Shaw - Public Services Marla Hemke - Public Services Yvonne Dassow - Public Services• Board of Directors: Officers: Dan Miller - President Joanne Wolf - Vice President Frank Kleczewski - Secretary Members: Joann Simek Bruce Jochimsen Joanne Wolf Deb Berends Cathy Miller-Temme
The Frances L. Simek Memorial Library offers two different story hours each week and a summer reading program during the summer months. They are located either in this children’s area or in one of the public meeting rooms depending on the attendance.The Medford, WI library has anactive Friends of the Library groupthat sponsors adult programmingperiodically throughout the year.
The library was built due ina large part to a donationfrom Pep & Fran Simek(the founders ofTombstone Pizza). Thelibrary was renamed theFrances L. Simek MemorialLibrary after the death ofFran in 2010. Periodicals Reference
Large Main Library –Branches – 9 TotalCirculation- Main Library: 638,572 Total: 1,127,055 (2010)Collection – Main Library: 189,844 Total: 353,911Budget – $4,365,45Governing Body – 7 Member Board of DirectorsStaff – 6 FT Librarians, 5 FT Paraprofessionals, 5 PT staffMARATHON COUNTY P. L.300 NORTH FIRST ST.WAUSAU, WI 54403
• The Marathon County Public Library Board of Trustees is comprised of seven members appointed by the Marathon County Board of Supervisors: two members of Marathon County Board of Supervisors, a Superintendent of a Marathon County school district, and general public representatives.• Current Members: Tim Gierl (President) Audrey Ascher (Vice President) Gary Beastron Ken Day Alison Morrow Katie Rosenburg Scott Winch
The Marathon County Public Library is also the home of the WisconsinValley Library Service offices. WVLS is the consortium that MCPL and about30 other Central Wisconsin libraries belong to, including the Rib Lake Public Library and the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library. The WVLS offices are located on the lowest level of the building. The first floor of the Marathon County Public Library was fairly busy the day we visited. The staff was friendly and patient with the patrons at the desk. The children’s section was big and colorful. I was disappointed by the lack of “print” information on programming. When I asked about it, I was directed to the website.
MCPL – 2nd Floor: The second floor of the library had a much quieter “studious” atmosphere, yet was still fairly busy. This is where the Reference Desk, Periodicals & Non-Fiction sections are found. There are public meeting rooms used by MCPL and WVLS to hold meetings and workshops on the 3rd floor of the building.I visited the library with my teenage daughter. We were both disappointed bythe “TeenZone”. It’s a small area located next to the foreign languagecollection and among the non-fiction & reference books. It’s decorated nicely,but not in a very inviting location.