The Library of the Month is a celebration of Wisconsin libraries compiled by the BadgerLink team.
Recently, in honor of National Library Week, Lester Public Library supported local commerce by partnering with 50 businesses. Library patrons got discounts by showing their library card at select local businesses. Back at the library, the receipts could be entered to win prizes, including an iPad and a Kindle. Director Jeff Dawson comments, “Two Rivers was buzzing about the library and the message was pretty clear. Shop locally and visit your library.”
If the winner of the Kindle or iPad needed assistance using the device, they could sign up for one-on-one computer training with a librarian. Jeff explains, “This service is incredibly rewarding for staff and library users.” Patrons leave with skills that help them at work, home, and the library. Trainings include how to connect with family on Facebook, using Excel spreadsheets effectively, downloading books from OverDrive, and use of other library resources.
When working with new or seasoned patrons, Jeff always shares BadgerLink. He says, “When presenting library services to our community, BadgerLink takes a front seat in 24/7 library services…We are not only promoting this outstanding resource, but also telling our constituency how BadgerLink makes our local library and our local services stronger.“ Whether in the library or at home on BadgerLink, access to quality information benefits the community.
Together, public libraries and BadgerLink can grow stronger communities!