Waushara County Libraries Column
Each community takes pride in its library, and each library takes pride in its community. It is a symbiotic relationship that makes Waushara County Libraries unique. When queried each director had a different idea of what made his or her library special.
Linda Helmrick, director of the Plainfield Public Library commented, “The Plainfield Library started a LEGO Club and PB&J Sandwich every Tuesday in June and July, it was such a success that once school started the kids still wanted LEGO Club. Because of the high interest and enthusiasm from the kids we have continued the club for every Tuesday from 3:15-4:15 p.m. We have a regular group of 18 kids and what they create is put on display for one week.”
Linda added, “Our library also tries to help out in the community whenever possible. For the past four years we have put up a Mitten Tree. Patrons can bring in mittens, gloves, hats and scarves that will be turned over to the Share our Surplus (SOS) for families who are struggling over the holiday season.”
Pine River’s Library Director Collette Ross commented on her library, “The Leon-Saxeville Library in Pine River is a treasure for our small community--the library is open 6 days a week and until 7 p.m. every night Monday through Friday. The hours were chosen to make it convenient for the commuters, local farmers, families and retired patrons, but to keep the hours low enough that it can still be affordable for the Library budget. The Leon-Saxeville Library is also graced with beautiful murals that were painted by a talented neighbor and adds to the homey feel of our library.”
Hancock Library Director Lisa Eisch stated, “The Hancock Public library is the repository of the history of Waushara County. We have microfilm collection of all the local newspapers from the 1880’s to the present. On the second floor of the library is a historical center that has many items of history in Waushara County. People who are looking up their family’s history often peruse these items.”
Wautoma’s Library Di-rector Nicole Overbeck commented, “One of the aspects of the Wautoma library that makes it special is our mission of lifelong learning and community building through programming. We have several ongoing clubs and activities including: two book clubs, weekly story time, scrapbooking club and the Black Hawk Folk Society music jam. In addition our historical society offers monthly classes on genealogy research at the library.”