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We are so excited to welcome several classrooms to the library over the next three weeks to hear about our upcoming children’s summer reading program. The national theme this year is “Libraries Rock!”

At the McIntosh library, registration for the program will begin Monday, June 4. Youth up to age 18 are welcome to participate. We will be offering daily programs from 3:30-5 p.m. starting Monday, June 11. The program will conclude Friday, Aug. 10, with a swimming party at the Bigley Pool. Just like last year, the more a child reads the more books they earn for their home library. We have more than 1,000 books to give away this summer! View our complete summer calendar of events at the library or online at We are looking for volunteers to help us out at several large events this summer. Contact Mary Mulvaney-Kemp for details at 637-7151.

For our adult patrons we are teaming up with six other libraries in Vernon County, along with the Driftless Writing Center, for the third annual Vernon County Reads. Beginning June 1, residents are encouraged to stop by their local public library to check out the book “The Excellent Lombards” by Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton.

All participating libraries will be hosting community book discussions about “The Excellent Lombards.” At the McIntosh library our book discussion will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26. Vernon County Reads will conclude with a presentation by Jane Hamilton Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. inside the Westby Fine Arts Center. Refreshments will be served and activities for children and families will be offered. Admission to the event is free of charge. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

The McIntosh library will be closed May 26-28. Our item return slot along Jefferson Street is always open for you to return your library materials. We will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.

To stay up-to-date on everything happening at the library, like the “Viroqua Library” Facebook page, visit our website at or visit us in person at 205 S. Rock Ave. in Viroqua.


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