By LISA M. HOFFMANN
NIAGARA, Wis. - The Niagara Public Library offers a selection of materials for all ages from the very young to senior citizens.
The Dickinson Area Community Foundation has awarded a $250 grant to the Niagara Public Library to purchase new books for ages infant to adult. The books were then distributed to the community in Christmas boxes for needy families. The mission of the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the residents of our community, DACF serves Dickinson County and the surrounding Wisconsin communities. Here, Tamara Juul, Executive Director of DACF, presents the check to Bruce Darne, Niagara Branch Librarian. For information on further needs of the library, contact Darne at (715) 251-3236, for information regarding DACF, contact Juul at (906) 774-3131.
The library has a selection of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, computer games, audio books, and computers with access to the Internet.
Bruce Darne, branch librarian, said every month he completes an order of fiction and nonfiction books and media for children and adults.
He said a lot of youth and older adults use the library, but in the new year he would like to see more young adults utilize what the library has to offer.
"I would like to see more young adults using the library," Darne said.
Located in the lower level of Niagara City Hall, 1029 Roosevelt Road, the library is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The library is closed on Thursdays and weekends.
Its inter-loan system is linked to 43 libraries in Wisconsin.
If patrons cannot find wanted material through that system, the librarian can then try accessing other libraries nation and then worldwide.
Darne said a hold can be put on an item and once it is received the patron can check it out.
More Internet and patron usage is a change that Darne has seen in recent years.
"People are seeing that books and audio materials are pretty expensive and are using their public library, which is supported by taxes and in their own backyard," he said.
The Niagara Public Library, supported by funds from Marinette County as the branch is part of the Marinette County Library system, has not seen its budget affected due to the economy.
"My hope is that people that don't have library cards check us out," he said.
Library cards are issued to Wisconsin residents ages five and up.
To receive a library card, patrons must bring in two forms of identification.
Darne said at least once a month, a program is held.
No events are planned for January, however.
An upcoming event the library is holding in February is a Super Bowl fund-raiser.
The fund-raiser will be held at Forward Financial Credit Union in Niagara from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1. Brats, hot dogs and refreshments will be available for purchase.
"Any monies raised with that will be given to help with programming costs throughout the year," Darne said.
Darne noted that in April the library will host Bill Jamerson's Up in the U.P. program, which explains ski jumping, pasties, iron mining and other activities of interest to the local area.
Darne, a native and graduate of Niagara, was formerly a third grade teacher at Holy Spirit School for 13 years before he took on the librarian position in 2001. He had previously worked with the library's summer reading program since 1981-82.
The library has been at its current location since 1990. What began as a reading room inside the clubhouse at the mill, the library has been in existence in Niagara for more than 100 years.
To reach the library, call (715) 251-3236.
Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.