We're Building a New Library!
In early fall of 2018, heavy rains soaked the region, causing historic flooding in Sauk County, Wisconsin. As the Baraboo River spilled over into the village of Rock Springs (pop. 362), it displaced many community members and businesses. One of these community cornerstones was the Rock Springs Public Library.
Since the flood, the Library has had a temporary home in the basement of St. John Lutheran Church, offering a variety of youth programs and other services. While the Village has taken much needed time to plan and obtain grants, we are now at the exciting phase of relocating and actually building!
The Library will be part of a new Community Center to be built on higher ground, outside the floodplain. In addition to the Library, the Community Center will include village offices, a village board room, public works shop, fire station and common areas, with a total project budget of approximately $1.9 million. While the Village of Rock Springs has secured a majority of the funding through federal, state and county grants, the Rock Springs Public Library has committed to raising $150,000. The first $100,000 of funds raised by the Library will go to construction and fulfilling grant requirements. The remaining $50,000 will be used to help furnish the library and cover technology costs.
While this project is a labor of love, it cannot be done alone. We are asking for your help in making this happen. Thank you in advance for your support!
- The Rock Springs Public Library Board & Staff
*Note: As the Library Board President, Jean Holtz listed as the beneficiary of the campaign, however, all donations will go directly into the library's bank account.
For more information on what we do and the programs we offer --
Story Time at our interim space. Our youth programs have continued and grown during this challenging time.
Despite our less than ideal circumstances, we had a very active year serving our community! Here's a snapshot of 2019:
Number of Programs offered: 106
Number of Participants at Programs: 1,322
Total Materials Circulated: 4,723
Total Library Visits: 2,250
Gathering ideas for After School Club activities
We have a little bit of everything at our interim space, with the rest of our books & DVDs safe & dry in storage.
- George Sherman
- Katrin Talbot
- Katie Godfrey
- Agnes Gardiner
Organizer and beneficiary
Rock Springs, WI