Visiting La Crosse County Library Branches

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Celebrate Libraries® visited La Crosse County Library branches in Bangor, West Salem and Holmen, WI this week.  Audio interviews were recorded with librarians Shari Axelsen (Bangor), Deen Layland (Holmen) and Chris McArdle Rojo (Holmen).

Each of the interviewees had wonderful stories to share and we look forward to publishing the interviews in coming weeks. One example: Shari Axelsen manages the John Bosshard Memorial Library in Bangor. Shari’s grandmother was also the librarian in Bangor and Shari remembers the library as almost a second home while she was growing up.

National Library Week is April 8-14, 2018

National Library Week will be observed April 8-14, 2018 with dancer Misty Copeland of the American Ballet Theatre serving as honorary chair. This year’s theme is “Libraries Lead”

The national observance marks the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and has been sponsored annually by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958.

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This video features imagery from the Mississippi River and the Family Reading Garden at Onalaska Public Library near La Crosse, Wisconsin. The garden centerpiece is local artist Mike Martino’s bronze “Invitation to Imagination” sculpture. Literary quotes found on the sculpture are reproduced in the video and the audio track “Under the Stars” is provided by UPPM.

Creation of the sculpture as well as the garden and benches surrounding it was due to the combined effort of the city of Onalaska, the Friends of the Onalaska Library, the library staff and master gardeners who maintain the plantings.