8 Success Stories You May Have Missed in June

Here are great ideas and good news from around the Winnefox Library System:

⇒ The Spillman Public Library in North Fond du Lac have Alice Tzakais and her art class for to thank for painting the windows of the library entrance with swimmers to go along with this year's SLP theme.

⇒ The Pine River Chicken BBQ & Library Pie Sale raised $500 for the Pine River Library of Leon-Saxeville. Community support for the event included volunteers donating home-baked pies, collaborating with Pine River Restoration to be part of their Chicken Barbeque Event, and Thrivent Financial having covered expenses.

⇒ A major landscaping project was completed at the Oshkosh Public Library, including new flowering trees and other plantings that will enhance the library grounds. "The city's Forestry Division removed dying and overgrown trees and shrubs that were winterdamaged and inappropriate for the site. The project was funded in part through a $10,000 grant from the Taking Root Fund and the Emil & Louise Marohn Family Memorial Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Additional support came from the Trust Funds for Library Excellence, a collection of charitable endowments created with donations made by community benefactors."

⇒ For every child who signs up for Menasha Public Library's SLP, "the Friends of the Menasha Library will donate 10 cents to Wisconsin Special Olympics. Also, if your school has the most Summer Reading Program sign-ups, your school is entered onto a plaque and your school gets to display that plaque during the coming school year!"

⇒ Brandon Public Library received shelving from a library in Hartford that moved, and used Facebook to ask for volunteers to help unload a semi truck packed with the shelves. The next day, so many volunteers showed up that "with the help from these people, an 'all day event' only took 2 hours!!"

⇒ Both Wautoma Public Library and Campbellsport Public Library received money to help support their Summer Library Programs: Wautoma received a $250 donation from Hometown ShopKo, and Campbellsport received a $200 grant from ShopKo.

⇒ Princeton Public Library invites people to sit on the bench or picnic table and enjoy their back yard, where one can use the library's Wi-Fi amidst beautiful flowers and plants that are provided by the Princeton Garden Club.

⇒ 75 Wisconsin libraries participated in Bike to the Library week. including 2 in Winnefox: Fond du Lac invited people to "pick up a bookmark with information on how to enter a drawing for special bike-related prizes." And the Neenah Public Library invited community members to Bike to the Library during the week of June 19th: "Show your bike helmet, a photo of you and your bike at the library, and be entered into a drawing for great prizes."

Image credit: Spillman Public Library's photo on Facebook