Bekkum Memorial Library honored Assistant Director/Youth Program Coordinator April Arndt on her last day Friday, July 6 with cake, gifts and numerous well wishes from patrons and staff. She will become Ontario Public Library’s Director this week, taking her terrific smile and helpful attitud…

Winners in the first weekly Libraries Rock Summer Drawings were Lauren McDowell (READ! Backpack), Annabell Pratt (new book), Hudson Lee (new book) and Lindsay Tuszynski (Branches gift card provided by Friends of Bekkum). We have loads more prizes to give away for infants through adults. Yout…

Did you know that July 12, the birthdate of author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, is recognized as National Simplicity Day? Thoreau was an advocate of living life in balance. I recently spent time with Owen Bekkum and believe that he might be a person who has mastered this philosophy of…

Get your entries in for the Teens & Adults Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program. It’s simple – check out a magazine, book, audiobook or eBook, listen to or read it, then fill out the online entry with a little summary (paper entries can be picked up). In about ten minutes you’re done a…

How did you occupy your childhood summers? I recently talked with Anita Lee Hagen who shared her memories of summers on the farm with her Grandma and Grandpa Ellefson. Many of the things she talked about were similar to experiences that have happened all over Westby. I hope this jogs your me…

Summer Reading: Libraries Rock! program is in full swing at Bekkum. More than 50 adults, teens and children have registered as new patrons, with new faces stopping in every day. Has it been a long time since you’ve visited a library? Maybe you’ve moved? Stop in and we can quickly update your…

It’s June and that means weddings are plentiful. Of course, we eat cake to celebrate so if you have attended one of these special functions in Westby between the early 1960s and 2008, you have probably eaten an Arlene Buros cake. Arlene said that she didn’t make a cake every week but some we…

A Summer Reading Program for Teens and Adults – of course, at Bekkum Memorial Library! Besides offering programs for infants through school age children, we have planned several drop in programs devoted to 6th graders through Adults every Tuesday evening. Beginning Tuesday, June 19th from 6 …

June is National Dairy Month so who better to talk with than a dairy farmer? Danika Gretebeck-Wehling is a Westby girl who grew up on the farm where her parents, Kathy and Stanley, are now retired. It almost borders the farm she and her husband, Nathan, bought more than ten years ago. As a F…

Students from Westby Elementary School visited Bekkum Memorial Library last week to find out all about the Summer Reading Program Libraries Rock! Director Michelle Tryggestad shared upcoming events and programs, as well as directions on how to earn prizes for the family program for toddlers,…

Westby just finished a very memorable 50th Syttende Mai celebration and I was fortunate to spend time with one of the special guests that came all the way from Norway to celebrate with us. Siw (pronounced “sieve”) Volden, from the Hamar/Gjovik area, has been coming to Westby since 1982 when …

The whirlwind of summer activity has commenced at Bekkum! We are looking forward to Westby Elementary School students visiting this week to learn all about the Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program. Official kick off will be Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – stay tuned for further …

‘Well, I guess you could say my ‘notoriety’ came from coaching college baseball,” Bill Terry told me on a warm day in May while I visited with him and his wife, Marge. Our conversation meandered until we finally got to baseball. When Bill was a young boy, he would steal candy from behind the…

It is often said that Midwesterners are hard-working and caring. There was no better proof of that saying than at Bekkum this past week. The Westby Area High School Forestry class, under the direction of Erica Hoven, came manned with rakes and ready to beautify the landscaping, making quick …

Memorial Day is a federal holiday set aside to honor people who died while serving in our country’s Armed Forces, but I don’t think anyone would mind if we also remembered the sacrifices of those veterans who came home. Recently talking with Karl Gilbertson, I heard an incredible story about…

We’d like to say thank you to two of our long-time Library Board Members, Mary Sue Ludwig and John Sutton who retired from their board duties. The two were recognized at the annual board meeting on Tuesday, May 8.

Mother’s Day is in the past, Syttende Mai is this weekend, Memorial Day is right around the bend and spring is finally here! There is something comforting in knowing that even though we expect the seasons to change, each season brings with it events we wait for year after year.

Patrons and staff enjoying the fresh look of a new paint job here at Bekkum. Fox Painting worked hard to be sure we could open on Monday. Our Westby City Works crew are an amazing group of guys – they make tough jobs look easy, moving shelves and furnishings. The staff here at Bekkum, mainly…