Rural Libraries Award: Nominate a Library

ImageState Superintendent Tony Evers is inviting applications for his annual Standing Up for Rural Schools, Libraries, and Communities Awards.

Deadline date: December 7, 2012

This program honors partnerships between and among schools, libraries, and communities, which have resulted in projects that demonstrate the great potential and spirit of rural Wisconsin.

The 2013 nomination form Image can be filled out on the awards webpage and submitted to the mail or email address on the form. Here are two 2012 award-winners:

  • Baby Time, Toddler Time, Rhyme Time are outreach programs linked to the Weyauwega-Fremont School District’s 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program. The Weyauwega Public Library and Neuschafer Community Library in Fremont host these programs to provide academic, developmental, and social enrichment for children 4 years of age and under. The libraries introduce other services for children and adults, creating habits of literacy that last beyond children’s school-age years.
  • Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library and Three Lakes School District Story Hour Reading Program began in 1963 to introduce reading and provide socialization activities for the community’s youngsters. When the district began its kindergarten program in 1967, Story Hour lowered the minimum age requirement to offer literacy skills to younger children. In 1971, the Edward U. Demmer Foundation provided funding to construct a new library building, and Mrs. Demmer suggested dedicating the lower level to facilitate Story Hour. For nearly five decades, thousands of children have had their lives enriched through the sing, read, and play adventures offering during Story Hour. Story Hour takes place weekly during the school year both at the library and at Sugar Camp School, with 15 to 20 children participating at each venue. Adult programs are offered concurrently with Story Hour to further serve community needs.