Wega library celebrates 100 years
Weyauwega Public Library is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.
That anniversary will be honored - and the summer library program will kick off - on Thursday, June 7.
At 6 p.m. that day, the library's annual ice cream social will take place.
The Weyauwega-Fremont Madrigal Singers will perform, with music also by the "Happy Wanderers."
Those who attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
The summer library program "Dream Big - Read" will begin on Monday, June 4.
Registration will also start on that day.
Programs, entertainment and prizes are part of this summer's plan. Programs will include French, Spanish, Reader's Theater, chess, tennis and stories and crafts.
Sign-up sheets will become available in June for these programs.
Special events are also planned this year as the library celebrates its history and plans to move forward into the next 100 years.
It was in the fall of 1912 that a small group of citizens, with help from the Wisconsin Library Association, organized the first library in Weyauwega.
It occupied a single room on the second floor of the Exchange Building, on the northwest corner of Mill and Main streets.
Furnishings and books were all donated, and volunteer "librarians" took turns checking out books to patrons.
Many older patrons will remember visiting the library's next location, which was on the second floor of City Hall in space provided for it when that building was constructed in 1915.
The first paid librarian was Mrs. David Jenney, who was appointed in 1922.
Since 1912, residents of Weyauwega and the surrounding area have seen many changes in the facilities and services available at the Weyauwega Public Library.
The present library opened in February of 1985, built not with tax dollars but with donations and a matching LSCA Title II grant.
An elevator to the lower level was installed in 1986, and the lower level was finished, with bathroom facilities and two meeting rooms, in 1987.
The library currently houses a collection of 26,627 items, including magazines, large print books, audio books, DVD and Blu-ray movies, music CDs, free downloadable ebooks and photocopy and fax machines.
There is also a collection of the Weyauwega Chronicle newspaper on microfilm, and patrons may read and print articles using the library's digital imaging system, which also can scan old photos or slides to be stored on a USB device or CD.
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