Check out "Henry and Ribsy" for the next Children's Book Club on January 29 at the Spring Valley Public Library. Submitted photo
Check out "Henry and Ribsy" for the next Children's Book Club on January 29 at the Spring Valley Public Library. Submitted photo

SPRING VALLEY, WI – Since their formation in 2016, the Friends of the Spring Valley Public Library, a not-for-profit corporation organized to help fund library programs, has sponsored more than 13 local library events including visiting authors, town historic presentations, circulation incentive drawings, and annual book sales. In 2018, the Friends spent over $1,000 on behalf of the library in speakers, materials and book costs. Most of their program funding is generated via dues from their members and the proceeds from book sales. Looking ahead in the New Year, the Friends of the Library intend to continue their wonderful work of supporting our local library by sponsoring a fun circulation incentive contest giveaway!

Library funding is based on circulation and every year library directors submit a request to their county for reimbursement for the services they have rendered to rural residents who do not have a library in their own township. This request is submitted by June every year and is based off of the past year’s circulation. Libraries calculate the reimbursement amount using a formula comprised of the cost per item and the number of items that circulated to rural residents. The state requires counties to reimburse at a minimum 70% rate and libraries do not receive the reimbursement monies until the following year. This means that libraries are not receiving one hundred percent reimbursement for services that they have already rendered and, additionally, they must wait almost a year before they receive the funds.

As you can imagine, this can put a strain on the library in providing uninterrupted services as they wait for reimbursement money to come in. County reimbursement monies are used primarily for programs, guest performers, equipment and collection development (i.e. books, magazines, audiobooks and DVDs). The Friends goal is to supplement the basics and provide residents with library experiences that can’t be supported by government funding alone.

To this end, the Friends of the Library are offering a circulation incentive contest giveaway and, in order to win, participants must check out as many items as they can between January 14 and February 12. The person with the most items checked out by February 12 will be the winner! The adult prize is a $50 gift certificate to Skoog’s Parkside Supper Club in Menomonie. The juvenile prize for patrons ages 5 to 16 is a basket of snacks and two movie passes for CEC Theatres, located in both Menomonie and Hudson. To enter the competition, patrons must come to the library and sign up at the circulation desk. We hope you take advantage of this fun contest giveaway!

In this New Year, we are now offering two new programs. We have a Creative Writers Workshop at 6:00pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month with January dates of January 14 and 28. These workshops are intended to spark creativity through assigned writing exercises as well as, foster fellowship with other aspiring writers in our community. Registration is not required. The library also has a monthly Film Club showing on the last Friday of the month starting January 25 starting with “Seven Beauties” (R) at 5:30pm, followed by “Rock and Roll High School” (PG) at 8:30pm. An introduction to both movies will be given before screening with discussion after. Fresh popcorn will be served.

Story Time is back at the library on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30am. Please help us welcome our new story time coordinators Mrs. Cristy Peavey and Mrs. Jasmine Durrence! These two local ladies are teaming up to offer fun and educational story time sessions so come to the library and bring your toddler for a good time! Story Time includes stories, songs and crafts. Story Time is open to ages 0-5 and registration is not required.

Children’s Book Club meets the last Tuesday of every month with the next meeting to be held on January 29 at 3:30pm. The title for January’s meeting is “Henry and Ribsy” by Beverly Cleary. Copies of “Henry and Ribsy” are available for checkout at the library and participants will receive a FREE reading journal. Children’s Book Club is for readers grades 2-5 and fresh popcorn is served at every gathering!

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about our services and programs, please contact the library for more information at 715-778-4590, like our Facebook page or email the director at dodger@svlibrary.org.