Coming up we have the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale! The sale will arrive fast and look the same as what we did last fall in the library building. Starting on April 19th, the Friends of the Library will be in the Marten Community Center sorting through donated and discarded books for the sale. During the day they will be bringing books over to the library to be set up on tables. The sale will last throughout the week (April 19th – April 24th) and will be in the library during library open hours. Friends of the Library will restock books periodically throughout the week. All sales are donation based, though we do recommend $0.50 for a softcover book and $1.00 for a hardcover book. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Library or to a member of the Friends.

Speaking of the Friends, have you ever wondered what they do? The Friends of the Library meet every three months and discuss how to best support the library. Typically, the Friends offer monetary support with funds raised through, you guessed it, the annual book sale. The Friends donate prizes to summer reading, have purchased the bulletin boards in our children’s area, as well as the newspaper rack, bookshelves, and children’s picture book bin. In the past they have purchased computers and more in order to help out the library. Anyone can join, just show up to a meeting. The next Friends of the Library meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. July 20th in the Library.

We have some exciting news; we are moving the library into Phase II of reopening! Hooray! As I mentioned a few weeks ago this means that we will allow reading of newspapers, people can bring their own devices and work in the library and our internal capacity is increasing to 25 persons at a time. We are looking at reintroducing in-person programming, but no final decisions have been made at this time. We are so excited to offer more services to the community again and to see more people in the library! Lastly, masks are still required in the library at all times and if Buffalo County levels, according to the Wisconsin DHS, rise above medium the library will revert back to Phase I.

We have been working on planning our Summer Reading Program and are grateful to have been receiving many donations to help us. We will tell you all about it in next weeks article. Hope to see you soon!