In 2021, the Wisconsin Digital Library, a collaboration of the state’s 16 public library systems, broke records by lending more than 7.2 million eBooks and audiobooks. Since its inception in 2016, the Wisconsin Digital Library has experienced steady and sometimes explosive usage growth, demonstrating the continued value of public libraries lending eBooks and digital audiobooks. To meet growing customer demand last year, Wisconsin Digital Library added more copies of popular titles and always-available digital eBook and magazine collections for readers who want to skip the line. and start reading right away.
Readers in Wisconsin just need a valid library card to access digital books from the OverDrive-powered Wisconsin Digital Library using any primary, mobile or desktop device. Visit https://wplc.overdrive.com/download the Libby app or call the McIntosh Memorial Library to get started at 637-7151 ext. 6.
Three McIntosh Memorial Library staff traveled to Madison this week to participate in the library’s Legislative Day. Held annually, the event provides an opportunity for library staff and trustees to meet their elected officials at the State Capitol in Madison. Spending one-on-one time with local representatives provides a platform to talk about the work of the library but also to advocate for the needs of libraries across the state. Representing McIntosh Memorial Library were Trina Erickson, Laci Sheldon and Maggie Strittmater.
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We look forward to welcoming acclaimed international genealogist Liv Marit Haakenstad from Hamar, Norway to the library on Monday, February 21. Liv is in the States on business and has agreed to stop by the library for a 10:30 a.m. program. We keep the content simple by making the program an audience Q&A session with Haakenstad. Join us to speak Norwegian with Liv, ask a question about Norway or find out what the job of an international genealogist entails. The program will take place inside our lobby. A Zoom option will also be available if you cannot visit the library in person. The Zoom link can be found on the “Viroqua Library” Facebook page or on the library website.
Don’t forget that we expanded our hours of operation in January to give you more options for taking advantage of the resources and services available to you through your local public library. The McIntosh Library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have any questions, call the loan office at 637-7151 ext. 6.
To stay up to date on everything happening at the library, such as the “Viroqua Library” page on Facebook, visit our website at www.mcintoshmemoriallibrary.orgor visit us in person at 205 S. Rock Ave. in Viroqua.