Seeking Fulltime Youth Services Director

Are you an awesomely fun and creative people-person who enjoys working with children of all ages and their caregivers? Is collaboration your middle name? If your life outlook is a positive one and you are energetic, organized, tech savvy and able to demonstrate great customer service skills and bring those skills out in other people, you should check us out (get it?!).

Columbus Public Library is nationally recognized as a library that is very engaged with our community, using Harwood Institute community organizing tools to help our neighbors achieve their aspirations for their community. Yep, libraries can do that! And so can you!

The successful candidate for this fulltime position will have an MLS degree with knowledge and experience in children’s, family and teen services. A team player with leadership skills and experience would be a great fit for this position. Knowledge of and experience in community engagement efforts is a plus. If this is you, please apply for the professional opportunity at the Columbus Public Library. Equivalent education and experience may be considered.

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Position Description

To apply, please e-mail the following materials to Cindy Fesemyer at

  • o   a cover letter detailing your experience and ideas in relation to the job description,
  • o   your resume,
  • o   and a sample Facebook post describing and inviting people to an awesome library event.

Deadline for submission: 8:00 AM on Monday, May 9, 2016.

Inquiries to: Cindy Fesemyer, Library Director, 223 W James St, Columbus, WI 53925

Chalk Walk!

Saturday May 7 is a busy one around the city of Columbus, not only is it the city wide garage sale and the Kiwanis Brat Fry, but there are many other events going on around the city that day, including the latest Root for Columbus project – Chalk Walk.

Chalk Walk is a sidewalk chalk coloring competition that will be held near City Hall and the Columbus Senior Center on the 100 block of North Dickason Blvd. The competition is a free event - free to participate and free to attend, and chalk is provided!

All ages and abilities are encouraged to join! You can join as an individual or as a group. Registration is appreciated for this event. A limited amount of spaces will be available on the day of the event so it is best to pre-register. Registration forms can be found

Creating the Fabric of a Safer Community with Squares of Hope

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to help spread awareness and also honor survivors, the Columbus Public Library is hosting a display for Hope House of South Central Wisconsin. The Hope House of South Central Wisconsin is asking for your help to create the with squares of hope. They are seeking people to decorate pre-cut blocks with messages of hope and healing. The blocks will be made in to Hope & Healing Quilts that will then be on display at several locations throughout Columbia County.

Stop by the display at the library, where you can create a square with words of hope and healing. Or if you would rather, you can come in and pick up a square or two and take them home to decorate (please remember to use only flat mediums such as paint, bleach pen or permanent maker when creating at home). Return your creations to the library by Friday April 29 or mail them directly to the Hope House at the address stickered on each piece of fabric.

Thank you for your support and participation in helping the Hope House of South Central Wisconsin create a beautiful message of encouragement and awareness!

Celebrate Spring with a Downtown Story Walk

Spring has sprung! Celebrate the coming warmer weather with another Downtown Columbus Story Walk brought to you by Root for Columbus, a program of the Columbus Public Library. This time, the book will be When Spring Comes, the bright and cheery new title from bestselling husband-and-wife team Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek.

Beginning April 1, participating businesses will have pages from the book displayed in their front windows. Children, families, and people young and old can read the story by walking from storefront to storefront. The first page will be located at Carousel Antiques, and each page will direct you to the next one. The story will end at the Columbus Public Library where kids can enter a drawing for a spring-themed picture book prize pack.

A big thank you to the following participating businesses (listed here in walking order): Carousel Antiques, The Workshop, China King Restaurant, Berg Kitchen Design, Central Beauty Supply, H&R Block, AAA Insurance, Cardinal Embroidery & Screenprinting, Cardinal Comics & Collectibles, Richards Insurance, The Old Garage Barbershop & Salon, Sharrow's Downtown, Edward Jones, Farmers & Merchants Union Bank, and the Columbus Public Library.  This list will be available at the library to help you navigate through the story walk.

We hope to see you out and about reading When Spring Comes!

Four new & fun community projects from Root for Columbus volunteers

Root for Columbus recently held another terrific community potluck. It was a wonderful meeting of creative minds looking to add a few dashed of of fun to our community. It started with some good food and introductions. Everyone wrote ideas of things they may like to see happen in the community on sticky notes and placed them on themed poster boards: youth, art, community, and environment.

With great collaborative spirit, folks broke into four small groups to plan the details for one fun and feasible project. Here’s what Root for Columbus is working on this spring:

Spring Story Walk: The Spring Story Walk will be similar to the winter story walk project but with a new story to put some Spring in your step as you stroll downtown. 

Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition: A sidewalk chalk artistry competition where any one and every one can show off their chalk art abilities. The competition will most likely be done near City Hall and the Senior Center, with a rain event hopefully being held inside the Senior Center.

Library Lawn Band Concert and Ice Cream Social: A throwback to the days when band concerts on the library lawn were a regular gather place for the community.

Davies Park 2: Davies Park is the small park by the Amtrak station. Some months ago a Root For Columbus group cleaned up the park. This spring the group will be collecting donations and pledges at the Columbus Arbor Day Celebration on April 30 in support of a park clean-up on May 7 and a mass flower planting on May 14.

Stay tuned, more

Tax Forms are Here

A selection of federal and state tax forms are available at the library. We currently carry these forms:

Federal 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms and instructions

State instructions and forms 1, form 1A & WI-Z and schedules WD and H & H-EZ.

We will have the above forms, free of charge, until they run out. Please contact us to verify availability as we get closer to April 15. 920-623-5910. If the library doesn't have a particular tax form or publication, we may be able to print copies for you at 10¢ per page. 

These forms and most others forms, schedules and publications are available online at the following links:
Federal Tax Forms     Wisconsin Tax Forms

To request tax forms, instructions, and publications by mail, you may call the IRS for Federal materials at 1-800-829-3676 or the State of Wisconsin for state materials at 608-266-1961.

NEW TITLE ADDED to NOOKs are available for check-out

As of Mid-March, our Nooks, have three great new best sellers for your reading pleasure:

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The Last Mile (Amos Decker Series #2) by David Badacci

Avoid long hold lines and check out a Nook today!


Are you #502 in line for Sue Grafton's new novel, X? Can't wait to get your hands on Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee? You're in luck... The Columbus Public Library just purchased 6 NOOKs! They are stocked up with loads of popular adult and YA titles and ready to be checked

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