March 5, 2007

Winsted library prepares for library legislative day

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

Winsted Public Library is preparing for a “virtual library legislative day.” Although it is called legislative day, it is actually scheduled for two days, Tuesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 2.

As part of those two days, the Winsted library board will be faxing or e-mailing to members of Congress assembled stories from the community illustrating how important the library has been to the area. It will be a chance to communicate to Congress the needs of libraries, as well.

Anyone interested in helping, may write about issues affecting them as library users such as funding, privacy, copyright infringement, the Internet, or technology, and drop them off at the library. All comments need to be submitted by the end of April.

“As part of the Winsted Women’s Expo Saturday, April 14, we will be there and available. If anyone has any questions about what to write, they can come and talk to us at the expo or they can come to the library,” library board member Julie Guggemos said.

Guggemos has also contacted all of the area schools to ask them if they would be willing to put together student comments for legislative day.

Library’s birthday month

Winsted library celebrates April as its birthday month. In addition, it is planning for “rediscover your library” week, April 15 to 22, which coincides with national library week.

Throughout April, the library will be planning ways for families to rediscover the library. Watch for future notices on different library activities.

Online language learning

Rosetta Stone is a language learning software package. It is self-paced, individual language instruction for learning Spanish or English as a second language.

Rosetta Stone software is now available on the Winsted library computer, or for those with a Pioneerland Library card, it can be accessed on home computers.

It can be used on both Windows and Macintosh computers. Visit the web site at www.pioneerland.lib.mn.us. or call Winsted library for more information.

Winsted library is part of the Pioneerland Library System, which is able to access all of the statewide libraries.

If the Winsted library does not have an item, it can be borrowed from another library free of charge. Requests take one to two weeks to be filled, depending on the request, and where the item is located.

All library items are bar coded, and in order to borrow items from the library, a Pioneerland Library card is needed.

Getting a library card is as simple as stopping into the library during business hours and filling out an application at the checkout desk. A new card will be available right away. Books may be checked out for 14 days, and videos have a two-day limit.

“Librarians are in constant contact with our patrons and they know what they like to read. Our library is tailored for this community and type of reading the patrons do here,” Guggemos said.

The Winsted library also offers free Internet access, a copier, and a fax machine. Internet usage is limited to a half-hour per patron, per day.

The Winsted library will celebrate its 32nd anniversary this year. “They opened up the library in Winsted after a bookmobile came to town in 1975,” librarian Sharon Noerenburg said.

Noerenburg has been librarian since 1976, and there are two assistant librarians, Lisa Ebert and Kim Hausladen.

Current librarian board members are Lisa Ebert, Sue Fynboh, Julie Guggemos, Kim Hausladen, Karen Salo, and Irene Weinbeck.

Winsted Public Library

The library is located at 180 Main Avenue West and is open six days a week. Hours are:

Monday and Wednesday,

2 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday,

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon

You can reach the library by telephone or fax at (320) 485-3909, or by e-mail at Sharonn@winsted.lib.mn.us.

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