Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn, WI


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We were invited to give a talk at VIP Services in Elkhorn, WI. Here is our general overview of Matheson Memorial Library. Let us know what you think!

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  • Colonel Matheson left Elkhorn and made his fortune in the East, however he never forgot his beginnings and he purchased the land where his birthplace had been located and offered the City Fathers a library building.  Mr. Matheson hired a New York architect of some repute and took a personal interest in all aspects of construction, which guaranteed a building that was esthetically pleasing and structurally sound.
  • Free computer classes! Matheson Memorial Library offers many computer classes year-round from Microsoft Word to How to Sell on eBay!
  • Decreased use of reference materials and increased use of using the internet for ready reference and online databasesReferenceUSA– a nationwide directory of businesses and people online. Access this through our web site at Click on eLibrary and then ReferenceUSA. Elkhorn library card required.
  • Newspaper and magazine subscriptions galore! Matheson Memorial Library subscribes to more than 125 periodicals from crafts, to food preparation, health, woodworking, and fishing!
  • Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn, WI

    1. 1. 101 N. WISCONSIN STREET ELKHORN, WI 53121
    2. 2. MML History William John Matheson was born in a house on the site of the present library on September 15, 1856 1931 – 2 story, 9,000 square foot library was built 1990 – 4,500 square foot addition was constructed 2004 – 14,000 square foot addition tripled the library’s size and now includes the 5,000 square foot Community Center
    3. 3. Library System Part of Lakeshores Library System (LLS) including libraries in Walworth and Racine Counties. There are 42 libraries in S.H.A.R.E. Accessing the library’s catalog is easy. Visit our web site at and click on the S.H.A.R.E. catalog. All you need is a current library card and a PIN number to place holds or review your account online. BookMyne. The app that makes it quick and easy to access the library on the go! Search the library’s catalog, manage your account and find suggested reading instantly with your Android or iOS mobile device.
    4. 4. Our Library Stats 68,391 items in the collection 10,084 city population 23,241 service area population 11,983 regular borrowers 208,606 circulation in 2011 Open 57 hours per week
    5. 5. Programs for Children Storytimes 4 days per week Summer Reading Program for children and teens Group visits and tours by appointment After school clubs-Lego Club and Messy Art Club Special programming: Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, Fancy Nancy party and more!
    6. 6. Youth Services Programs Monster BoxesWalworth County IceAge Trail AllianceVisits the Library
    7. 7. Programs for Adults Basic computer classes offered year round Afternoon and evening book clubs – twice the books, twice the fun! Collaborating with UW-Extension Family Living Coordinator to offer: Fall Veggie Feast, Whole Grain Goodness, Microwave Magic and more! New in 2013 – Pinterest 101, Facebook for small businesses and a free music concert series!
    8. 8. Adult ProgramsAnnual Blood Drive in April Annual Soup Luncheon Nocturnal Animals in Your Backyard
    9. 9. Computers & Internet Access 15 computers with high speed internet and Microsoft Office 2007 programs Job seekers laptop with unlimited time use Digital microfilm reader Free Wi-Fi!
    10. 10. Online Resources Badgerlink  Auto Repair Reference Center  Research databases  Novelist HeritageQuest – genealogy research ReferenceUSA – business database Wisconsin’s Digital Library – downloadable audio books and ebooks
    11. 11. What you may not know about your library MP3 Audio books – 1 to 2 disc audio books Playaways –self contained MP3 audiobooks. Plug in headphones and pop in a battery and start listening! Rental collection – hot new books and movies for a $1 fee Newspaper and magazine subscriptions Free wi-fi. Wi-fi printing available for .10 per page Comfortable seating Study rooms Self-Check out
    12. 12. Other Services Information assistance Copy machine, fax machine and printer (fee for service) Tax forms (in season) Inter-library loan We borrow items from libraries throughout the State and Nationwide. Ask a librarian if you can not find what you are looking for using the S.H.A.R.E. catalog
    13. 13. Web site Library web site: www.elkhorn.lib.wi.usVisit us anytime of day!  Check calendar of events  Online Catalog  Book Recommendations  New to Fiction & Non-fiction lists for adults and children  eLibrary-electronic resources
    14. 14. Find us on…
    15. 15. Support Your Library Join The Friends of Matheson Memorial Library  Book sales & bake sales  Sponsor adult programming events  Purchase much needed materials for the children’s and adult collections  Purchase of furniture and toys for the children’s area • Volunteer with Adopt-A- Shelf o Shelf read (find books that are out of place) o Dust!
    16. 16. Thank you for inviting us to talk to you today about Matheson Memorial Library. Lisa Selje, Library Director Angela Meyers, Adult Services Librarian