Traditionally early each spring, I ask La Crosse County Library Staff at our locations in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska and West Salem to look back on the previous year at the Library and submit nominations to the Library Board for patrons, volunteers, educators, partners and organizations that have truly made an impact on our daily working lives at the library. Fortunately for me, they never let us down with amazing nominations for spectacular people!
The La Crosse County Library Board maintains this tradition to let us give just a tiny bit back to those we have the pleasure of serving with and working alongside. Recently the Library Board hosted its annual reception to acknowledge these nominees. The awards come with little fanfare but we do have the pleasure of adding into our collections a book in their honor and who can beat being photographed with our famous mascot Library Dog!
I’ll begin with our tireless volunteers who take care of so much behind the scenes so we can keep things going on the front lines. From Campbell, Cindy Puent and Michelle Richards, Linda Arlt in Onalaska and Diana Engel from West Salem.
I don’t know that any other collaboration makes more sense than public libraries and schools, and without the support of our area schools much of our programming would go unsupported. This year we honored Bethany Bey, Lindsay Prokop and Penny Schafer in Holmen and Justin Groth in Bangor.
We are so fortunate to also be able to partner with a number of organizations each year and 2015 was no different. We honored the Bangor Lions Club for the amazing donations they’ve given to our library and for their commitment of continued support. We were humbled to learn that they have recnely chosen our John Bosshard Memorial Library as their community service project for 2016 as well!
Much of our programming would not be possible without the sponsorship of corporate and local businesses and we are delighted to be able to work closely now with Woodman’s Markets who sponsor our February I Love to Read program. We also recognized Miller Printing for the continued work they do on our annual Leave a Legacy fundraiser.
Our Patron and Family of the Year recipients are always so much fun to honor. Most don’t even realize what an impact they make with each of their visits and although these are 2015 recognitions their use and support of our libraries began long before now and we know will continue into the future! We are delighted to recognize LaVonne Tart in Bangor; Sue Ollila in Campbell, Chad and Andrea Korthius and their family in Holmen; Clarissa Grover and her family in Onalaska and the Reineke Family in West Salem.
Finally, but certainly by no means last, we had the honor to recognize Terry and Larry Pohja as our Advocates of the Year. Their endless commitment to library services expands beyond their volunteer work with the Friends of the Onalaska Library. They support our entire operation with countless hours of dedicated volunteer work at multiple locations along with ongoing advocacy for support of our libraries among politicians, government officials, and library users and non-users.
The honor is truly ours each year to be able to let just a few people know how much they mean to us and what we do! I
Chris McArdle Rojo, MLS
La Crosse County Library Director
103 State St.
Holmen, WI 54636
608-526-9600, opt. 1