Due to the icy road conditions and grim forecast, the Library will be closed today, Tuesday, January 22nd. Materials that were due today will now be due tomorrow. As always, if you need to renew materials, you may do so by phoning the library and leaving a message, emailing us, or renewing through your online account.
Please be safe and use caution if you have to travel in this weather.
On January 28th, from 5:00-8:00 pm, your librarians become your waitresses and table bussers! Schmaling staff, trustees, and volunteers will be waiting and bussing table at Pizza Ranch to raise money for books! We’ll be working for 10% of the evening’s take and tips, so bring your families and friends out to support your public library!
As the Holidays approach, the Schmaling Memorial Public Library is asking you to give the gift of reading to the community. There are four Holiday Giving Trees in the Library –one is located at the 5th Street entrance, one in the Children’s Room, one in the basement hallway, and one on the main floor. On each tree, you will find a variety of hand-crafted ornaments, each featuring a reproduction of a different book cover. The Library is asking its generous patrons to choose books to sponsor. Your sponsorship will help the Library to purchase the books on the trees.
When you sponsor a book, Library staff will affix a book plate inside the book to let everyone know that it was your generosity which made the purchase of the book possible and, best of all, you will receive the first read once the book arrives at the Library. Many of the books have not yet been published so you may have to be patient for some of those.
There is a sliding scale of sponsorship rates for different types of books. These rates are based on the average price that the Library pays for each type of book. Prices range from $3.00 to $25.00. So, you can choose to sponsor a book at a level that is comfortable for you.
As author Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” When you sponsor a library book, you’ll be giving a gift that you and everyone else in the community has an opportunity to open again and again.
Large Print readers rejoice! Due to popular demand (and the fact that we’ve completely run out of room) we’ve expanded the Large Print Collection with this beautiful (made-to-look like our old) new shelf built by local craftsman, Mark Pruis, and stained and varnished by our very own multi-talented librarian, LeAnn Smith! We’ve got lots of new large print books to help fill it as well!