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 unique:
Coloma: “The Coloma Library is known for being one of the most user friendly libraries,” said Library Director Sandy Zuehlke, “The children’s books as well as the non-fiction books face forward.” Sandy continued, “It allows the patrons to see the front of the book, just like the way record albums used to be displayed. Also, all of our nonfiction is by subjects like in book stores, which makes it easier to browse the collection.”
Hancock: “The Hancock Public library is the repository of the history of Waushara County,” said Hancock Library Director Lisa Eisch. “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. These items are often perused by people looking up their family.”
Plainfield: Linda Helm-rick, 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 1 week.
“Our library also tries to help out in the community whenever possible.” Linda said. “For the past 4 years we have put up a Mitten Tree. Patrons can bring in mittens, gloves, hats and scarves that will be turned over to the SOS (Share our Surplus) for families who are struggling over the holiday season.”