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April 2014

As the new Bremer Bank location continues construction in Onalaska, the La Crosse County Library with locations in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska and West Salem continues work as a participant of the Bremer Foundation’s L3: Libraries, Literacy and Leadership project.

Libraries are nothing without the communities that support them and we are incredibly fortunate that the Bremer Foundation recognizes libraries as a fundamental main stay in healthy, thriving communities.

Last fall, the La Crosse County Library was selected as a participant in the Otto Bremer Foundation’s “L3: Libraries and Literacy Leadership Institute”. The program was piloted in 2012 with great success with 12 libraries and literacy organizations in Minnesota and has now moved into western Wisconsin. The program is designed and presented through a partnership of Library Strategies and the Minnesota Literacy Council.
The 10-month program includes a capacity building plan and part of that plan now asks our community members throughout La Crosse County to help us with a very short survey. To entice your participation we are fortunate, through the generosity of the program, to offer a Nook eReader as a grand prize in a drawing from completed surveys. Those who complete our short, 5 question survey, can enter to win the Nook by returning your entry to any La Crosse County Library location by Saturday, April 26th.   Entry boxes can be found at Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska or West Salem. All La Crosse County residents are invited to participate. You certainly don’t have to be a current library user, but hopefully we can convince you to come back if you decide to drop in!

Link to our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C2VJCD5

Our Bremer Foundation work has also led to a wonderful collaboration with the Family and Children’s Center’s Hope Academy in La Crosse who was also chosen to participate in the institute as well. In May, Hope Academy staff will be presenting Babies & Books story time at our library locations for ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. These fabulous sessions will include simple stories, songs, movement and finger plays and is a great way to introduce even the youngest children to the wonderful world of books! Registration in not required but is encouraged so call your favorite La Crosse County Library location for more information. A very special thank you to the Hope Academy Staff to providing these special sessions.

Complete our survey and help us better define our organization and prepare to move forward into the next decade and beyond! For more information on the La Crosse County Library, check out our website and for additional information about L3: The Rural Libraries and Literacy Leadership Institute, contact Stu Wilson, Library Strategies Coordinator via email at stu@thefriends.org; or Eric Nesheim, Minnesota Literacy Council at enesheim@mnliteracy.org.

Chris McArdle Rojo, MLS
La Crosse County Library Director
103 State St.
Holmen, WI 54636

608-526-9600, opt. 1


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