The Elk Mound Satellite Library held its grand opening on Tuesday morning. A division of the Menomonie Public Library, the Elk Mound facility is housed in the Village Hall and will be the location for book order pick-ups and drop-offs.
Through the online MORE Library System, residents will now have access to library materials that are available at other libraries throughout Wisconsin. Book orders can be made through www.more.lib.wi.us, where the library catalog can be found.
The library service location will be open to the public from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, for residents to pick up their book orders or drop off their book returns. Katie Johnson, a graduate of Elk Mound High School and resident of the Village of Elk Mound, will staff the satellite library.
The Menomonie Public Library is funding the start-up service, and for now, the Elk Mound branch will be an extension of the Menomonie Public Library.
The library satellite is the first step in a bigger plan of opening a community center combined with a library in Elk Mound, all located in the lot next to the Village Hall.
“This is an educational opportunity for the community,” said Jamie Rebman, president of the Elk Mound Library and Community Center board. “It is a big step, and many more are to come.”
On hand for the opening and ribbon cutting that took place at the Police Department entrance, were Rebman; Kristen Dexter,(D-Eau Claire), former State Representative and now State Senate candidate for the 23rd district; Pat Hahn, village clerk and treasurer; Julie Conlin, library/community center committee member; Ron Walsh, Elk Mound School District superintendent; John Thompson, director of the Indianhead Federated Library System; Terry Stamm, Public Works director of Elk Mound; and Ted Stark, Menomonie Public Library director.
For more information about Elk Mound, the library satellite and plans for a combination community center and library, visit www.elk-mound.org.