Who doesn’t love an island, am I right?

For the last 18 years I have been working at the Onalaska location of the La Crosse County Library. I will surely miss Onalaska Public Library and all the patrons I’ve served over the years, but now you will see me at the F.J. Robers Library, also known as the Campbell Library on French Island, also operated by La Crosse County Library.

After more than 30 years, Sarah Stuber has retired and is starting a new chapter in her life. I know she will be missed by so many of the folks she served on the Island over the years, and she left some pretty big shoes for me to fill! I have just started my duties at Campbell the first week of September and I am excited to get into the swing of Island life. Currently you can find me there on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and every other Saturday. The lovely Mary Horton will be there on Thursdays, Fridays and her Saturdays.

I am so pleased to have met many fine Island residents already, and I appreciate the warm welcome I’ve received. I have listened to your feedback regarding the hours of operation, and other ideas that will enhance the library and this feedback will be passed on to the appropriate person as I receive it.

I have had the pleasure of meeting most of the members of the Beautification Committee, all lovely and talented patrons. And if you’re curious about their role at the library, you must stop in and see for yourself. Be sure to check out the beautiful shrubs and plantings around the building, and you will quickly see why their committee is named as it is! And I’m told this committee really “does it up” in the fall.

Campbell has a Friends of the Library group and I have met some of those members as well. The Friends have a perpetual mini book sale in the lobby that they run, and I know they do many other fine things for your library, all on volunteer time. I am anxious to meet the entire Friends group to congratulate them personally for taking an interest in their gem of a library. As a beautiful tribute to Sarah, the Friends hosted an open house for her on her last day, and presented her with books that were purchased by them for use by all library patrons. After the books are cataloged, stop to see the display and do a checkout!

Campbell is also making a strong effort to get a book club going and there is a poster hung in the library that lists the books they will read over the coming months. Naturally, if you are interested in joining the Friends, Beautification group, or the book club, stop in the library and express your interest and I’ll hook you up.

If it has been a while since you’ve stopped at the library on the Island, or perhaps you’ve never been there, I urge you to stop in and take a look around. Libraries are one of the best values around and they enhance communities in more ways than you may be aware. Libraries support literacy development, provide safe, comfortable spaces for folks, and they raise house values, just to name a few of the great benefits of having a library right in your community.

The Campbell Library is located right on the corner of Fanta Reed Road and Lakeshore Drive, no longer in the town hall. Campbell is one of the five libraries operated by La Crosse County. The others are Bangor, Onalaska, Holmen and West Salem. Your Winding Rivers library card will work at all of the 38 libraries in the Winding Rivers system, no matter which location you first received your card from. If you’ve lost your card, allow me to give you a replacement.

Since Campbell is a smaller neighborhood library location we can’t possibly hold all of the materials you might be looking for on our shelves, but you can always place holds from any of the libraries in our Winding Rivers Library system to have items picked up at right at Campbell. If you’ve never done that before, allow me to assist you with that. Teachers, if you need books on a special upcoming unit, allow me to have a stack ready for pickup when you need them. Let’s not forget audio books, magazines, newspapers, electronic books for your tablet, music CDs, DVDs, free internet access and computer usage along with affordable printing. Let’s say you would like to check out (for free!) an e-reader, also called a Nook. We can certainly do that for you as well. The Nooks come preloaded with several books to please many interests. Perhaps you need a fax, photocopies or even an exam proctored, those are things we can assist you with. Libraries are not the libraries of yesteryear – stop by and see the future!

Please check out our website at ww.lacrossecountylibrary.org for open hours, catalog resources, book lists and book groups or for upcoming programming schedules. Please visit and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lacrossecountylibrary. And stop by the Campbell Library so we can meet.

Suzie Weibel is a staff member at the La Crosse County Library’s town of Campbell location.

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