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Contact Us: 1033 Wisconsin Ave., Boscobel WI 53805 Phone 608-375-5723
Email: libraryboscobel at gmail.com

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.


·         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.


·         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.
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:

Friday, August 16, 2019

September 17th Book Signing, "Smile Because It Happened", with author Carole Young

We're pleased to announce a book signing with Carole Young at the Boscobel Public Library on Tuesday, September 17th from 1-4 pm, for "Smile Because It Happened, A Guide to Living the Rest of Your Life", a moving new memoir based on correspondence between Carole and her intrepid daughter Stacey.

Stacey's "self described life as a 'mother of three beautiful children, wife, daughter, interior designer, crazy gardener, life-long learner, martial artist and artist with a paint brush', " takes readers trekking to Morocco, Costa Rica and ultimately through her greatest challenge, an inspiring journey of courage and hope in the face of the unthinkable. Stop by the library on the 17th to meet and talk with the author, and listen to stories from this loving guide to life.

To purchase an advance copy or learn more, visit the publisher, Little Creek Press

Friday, June 14, 2019

Summertime and the Reading Is Fine!

Jump on into summer reading at our library. With July just around the corner, it's time once again for our annual Big July Booksale fundraiser! Starting July 11th, the downstairs clubroom of the library building will be filled with gently used books for all ages, DVD movies, magazines, puzzles and more. Sale opens Thursday night at 5pm, come early for the best selection and take home some great new reads for the long summer days ahead.

Summer library programs for all ages are also in full swing. For children age 3 to 12, every Wednesday morning there are special "A Universe of Stories" activities, reading challenges, LEGO kits, a big variety of summer themed books to check out and lots of other kids and parents to meet and visit with. Toddlers and parents can enjoy "Rubber Duckie" read-a-long activities and Miss Evy will be in the kids room reading stories for everyone! 

Adults and teens, share your "Boscobel Stories" by filling up and decorating a one-of-a -kind "storytile", that will go on display in the library with many others. To learn more about the "My Boscobel Story" summer program, click the #BoscoStories tab above.

For additional information about our summer library offerings, please stop by or call the library, 608-375-5723.