WELCOME TO THE BOSCOBEL PUBLIC LIBRARY

Serving the Information, Entertainment and Educational Needs of Boscobel and Our Surrounding Communities Since 1916.
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Contact Us: 1033 Wisconsin Ave., Boscobel WI 53805 Phone 608-375-5723
Email: libraryboscobel at gmail.com

Monday, June 29, 2020

2020 Booksale Cancelled- See You Next Year

We're sorry to announce that this year's Big July Used Book Sale at the library has been cancelled in order to reduce Covid19 contact risk. Mark your calendars for the weekend following the 4th of July 2021, we're sure to have a massive pile of books awaiting your return!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Imagine Your Story, Summer Reading begins this week, June 15th, 2020

Great news! The all-new summer reading program is ready to begin. Starting June 15th you will be able to use our all new logging program, Beanstack. 
This is an online program where you get to keep track of your reading minutes and activities and earn badges along the way to your goals. So get your reading engines revving! We have a challenge for everyone this summer, from our youngest to oldest. Visit Beanstack here: https://boscobelpubliclibrary.beanstack.org/reader365

Beanstack allows you to set up each child and then you can log their minutes when it is convenient for you. There is also an app available to use on your phone for more convenience. If you are not able to access our online program this year you can still request a paper form by calling the library to register. Please be aware your child can only do one or the other, not both. Both options require the same amount of reading and the same prizes for completion.
In addition to the reading challenges, we will have weekly grab bags available every Wednesday from 10 - 4pm. There will be a new scavenger hunt posted each week online and on the front door of the library. There will be a book garden at the weekly farmers market and a few other surprises during the summer. 
Make sure to like our Facebook pages, especially Miss Gina's Neighborhood page to stay up to date on new activities.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Curbside Pickup Begins May 11th


Pickup is available every other week, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, by appointment only. Currently scheduled pickup days are May 13th, 15th, 27th and 29th.
To the best or our ability, all materials for pickup have been handled following Covid 19 hygiene guidelines, AND have been quarantined for at least two weeks to ensure they are safe to share. Even with these precautions, we recommend that you leave materials isolated for 72 hours before opening them.

TO REQUEST ITEMS

·         Patrons with current library cards can order materials online, or call 375-5723 to request materials from library staff.

·         All patrons using curbside checkout agree to the following guidelines to protect the health and safety of our community. If you are ill, please consider waiting to borrow library materials.
·         Please note:
o   Your library card must be shown to pick up items.
o   Only local materials at Boscobel are available for checkout. Loans from other libraries are not available at this time.
o   Checkout limits are in place to make safe quarantine of returned items manageable:
§  Individuals:  limit 4 items per account.
§  Family /household (2+ people): 10 items total.
o   Checkout is for two weeks, with one renewal. To meet demand, new items will not be renewable.

·         Library staff will contact you when your order is processed, to schedule a pickup time and give you your identification code.
·         pickups are scheduled 10 minutes apart to maintain social distance.
·         At your scheduled time, please go to the rear parking lot of the library. Your bagged items marked with your ID code, will be on the bookcart outside the door.
·         Staff will be at the door but will not open it or step out. Please show your library card to the librarian.
·         If you miss your scheduled 10-minute pickup window, you will need to call and reschedule for the next available time.

By requesting curbside pickup, patrons acknowledge that they understand the potential risk of shared materials and agree hold the Boscobel Library and City of Boscobel harmless in the event they or a family member become ill for any reason. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

TO RETURN ITEMS

·         Any households experiencing the onset of respiratory illness or notified of Covid19 infection /contact are asked to call the library to arrange for the return of materials.

·         During curbside pickup weeks the blue book drop at the rear/ parking lot entry of the library will be unlocked. Items can be returned anytime during that week.
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Alternate weeks will be quarantine weeks. The bookdrop will be locked to isolate returned materials- NO RETURNS at this time.
·         All items must go into the bookdrop. Please don’t attempt to hand returns to library staff or put them on the pickup cart.

·         Return only materials checked out from Boscobel.  Items checked out from other libraries need to be taken back to those libraries at this time.
·         Please note returned materials may continue to show on your account until they are removed from quarantine status. Fines will not be added. If you have questions, please call for more information.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus Update

Boscobel Public Library will be closed today, March 16th in response to Coronavirus pandemic advisories. We hope to be able to re-open  by appointment or for limited access/ service hours at a later date as more information becomes available about how we can protect our community.
Public WIFI can still be accessed from outside the building. Books and DVDs can be returned to the parking lot bookdrop. Fines are suspended during this time.
Take good care everyone.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Launch Party, Feb 11th, 4-5 PM.

Did you know that Boscobel Public Library and Great Rivers United Way are giving away free books? All children from birth to age 5, living in zip codes 53805, 54657, 53826, 53827 or 53821 are eligible! So, come one, come all, families and caregivers! Join us on Tuesday, February 11, at Boscobel Public Library, 1033 Wisconsin Avenue, Boscobel, for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library launch party. We'll be celebrating with a fun, interactive story time, tasty snacks, and a take-home craft project. We’ll also be sharing information about this free book program.

So what's Imagination Library? Some years ago, famous Country Western singer Dolly Parton decided that she wanted to put books in the hands of every child, to give them an early learning advantage before they started school. This program took off across the U.S., and with the help of generous funding partners like United Way, the program now mails books to children all around the world.

Families in sponsored regions may sign up any child age 4 years 9 months or younger to receive a free, high quality book in the mail, once a month, until the child turns 5. There's no income limit or other qualification needed to join the program. Just sign your child up and keep your mailing address up-to-date if you move. That's it.

At the launch party, Julie Nelson from Great Rivers United Way will talk about how the program works and the important funding role United Way plays in making books available in our area. She'll also be on hand to assist families with signing up for the program and to answer any questions you might have.

If you can't make the launch party, no worries! The Boscobel library will have sign up brochures available that include the registration form. Or, save a stamp - online registration is free and easy using a library computer or your mobile device. Our Boscobel staff are happy to help you get started and answer your questions.
We look forward to seeing you and the kids on February 11th from 4 to 5:00 p.m. for a fun and informative library program that helps you to build a free home library for your littlest readers, a great way to give them a head start on learning, and on life! 

If you have any questions please call the library at (608) 375-5723, or check either of our organizations’ Facebook pages:
@greatriversunitedway
@boscobelpubliclibrary