Elk Mound, Wis. (WEAU) - A small town library under construction is revealing its plans to remodel an old laundromat.
Monday, the Elk Mound Library held a ceremony at its new building. The city currently runs a satellite library with the help of the Menomonie library.
The village president says they have the design completed and will be advertising the project for bid later this week. After that he says the village plans to start construction as soon as possible after Labor Day.
Director of the Menomonie Public Library Ted Stark told us Monday about some of the new features. “A small lounge and reading area with magazines, newspapers some books a smaller collection but it will be more like a real library.”
Peterson says they hope to have the building ready for the public by the end of the year.
A small town library has seen ten times the demand from a year ago.
The Elk Mound Library has been in the planning stages for over a decade, now organizers say they need that last little push to close the books on their dream.
Just last week the village of Elk Mound secured a grant for a large part of the building cost of the library.
The village president says that money will help them turn the page to the next step of the project.
“I've had a lot of parents say oh I wish they would have had that when my kids were in school I could have dropped them off after practice,” Kathy Peterson, an Elk Mound teacher and Elk Mound Library board member said.
The City of Elk Mound plans to turn an old laundromat building into the space for its 1,500 square foot library.
“I think it’s going to be a great service because we have senior citizens we have a lot of kids obviously,” Elk Mound Village President Andy Peterson said.
Peterson with the village of Elk Mound says just about a year ago they brought in a satellite library to the village hall.
“The satellite library was going from about seven or eight people a day to close to a hundred so its increased substantially so if we keep doing more advertising I expect it to continue to grow,” Peterson said.
In order to use the current sattelite library people have to go online and order books from the Menomonie library, then have them shipped to Elk Mound.
Peterson said by bringing a library to the village around 3,000 people from the surrounding community won’t have to travel as far to check out books.
Kathy Peterson said, “a lot of the school projects now are done online and they need to have access to the internet for research and I think it will be a great place for the high school and middle school kids to come for homework.”
The Village of Elk Mound says it is looking to raise another 40,000 dollars. If you'd like to help out it's having a fun run. The
Booking it for Books Run will be Sunday August 18th at Elk Mound Village Park.
For more information on how you can get registered or how you can donate to the library CLICK HERE.