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We have had many community members ask us about a short article from the June 18 Kewaskum Statesman, “Kewaskum Library Could Face Decrease in Materials.” Some were concerned that we were losing funding or that we would not be a able to add any new books next year.

The truth is that 2016 is going to be a challenging year for us. Not only is Jefferson County leaving our library system, but the future of the system itself is in jeopardy.

What is a library system? It is a state-funded agency that is staffed by professionals who make sure that public libraries are receiving the services mandated to them by state statutes. In our case, the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System has a four-person staff that coordinates delivery, represents the libraries in negotiating for better pricing on technology, runs our central computer server, troubleshoots problems with the software we use to keep track of our material, provides graphic design and printing help, and other duties.

Our library system is in a state of flux. In 2016, it will only contain 2 counties (Dodge and Washington). So we have been investigating other options for the future. We will be losing direct access to material from Jefferson County libraries, so that will certainly hurt our ability to give you the diversity of items you have come to expect from trio.

The other hard thing about 2016 is that we will be hiring a new Youth Services Librarian. In order to afford to offer benefits to that employee, we have no choice but to cut some of our materials budget. However, in my mind this tends to balance out since we literally have no room on our shelves for more books.

However, these challenges will set us up to follow a new and more service-oriented path, which libraries around the world are adopting. We’ve got a stack of program ideas, a ton of new digital content coming, and a newly updated internet connection that allows for even faster access in our building.

So. Things WILL change (as things tend to do), but they will change for the better. Next year will be a rebuilding  year (as they say in the sports world) and I am certain that in the years to come, Kewaskum and the other communities we serve will be better off for the groundwork we will be laying in 2016.

Still have questions? Library Director Steev Baker is always happy to talk budgets, statistics, and library service. Give him a call at 626-4312.

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Duke Otherwise at the Annex Building, July 9

On Thursday, July 9 at 11am, singer/songwriter Duke Otherwise (aka midwestern acoustic-music scene vet Noah Riemer) will be performing at the Annex Building. This special event is FREE and open to the public. Duke Otherwise is an energetic kids performer with a unique style, mixing vaudeville, jazz, and indie rock. He sings, he dances, he gives the audience a chance to participate in a show that is perfect for families. Find out more about Duke Otherwise at where you can listen to songs and watch the video for his hit single “Brussels Sprout Shout.”

Contact the library for more information 626-4312.

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Seeking Youth Services librarian

Every Hero_B_Isolated copyWe are excited to have the opportunity to hire a Youth Services Librarian this fall. This new position has lots of flexibility and is perfect for someone with a lot of energy and great ideas. Read on for more info:

Youth services / Assistant director

The Kewaskum Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and organized candidate for the position of Youth services/Assistant director. This person must work well in a team environment, but feel comfortable and motivated to work on individual projects as well. Main duties include storytimes and other programming, reader’s advisory, and community outreach. Interest in children’s literature and experience with programming is required. The position requires a minimum of one evening per week and a minimum of one weekend per month. A positive and welcoming attitude is a must!

This position will be available in late-August, 2015, and is 30 hours per week. Starting salary is $13.01per hour with benefits including health, flex spending account, holiday pay, and enrollment in the Wisconsin retirement plan. Posting is open until August 1. Download the job requirements here, then send your resume to This job requires previous library experience.

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