Library Re-Open May 26!

The Columbus Public Library building will open to the public starting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The library will open with its regular hours and regular services including public internet computers, wireless printing, copying and faxing. Staff and patrons are encouraged to practice social distancing and best hygiene practices as recommended by the CDC. Masks are encouraged but not required.

Curbside services will continue to be available for holds pick up as well as copying, faxing and wireless printing. Patrons will need to contact the library by phone, 920-623-5910, to schedule a curbside service.

At this time, the library meeting room and the Library Annex will not be available for the public to use.

The health and safety of our patrons and staff is of utmost concern to the Columbus Public Library. With that in mind, the Library Board has decided that all library programs will be done virtually through the summer, which includes our Summer Reading and 1,000 Books before Kindergarten programs. We will be releasing more information regarding our virtual programing line-up in the near future. Please watch our Facebook (@ColPubLib) and website for programing information.

 Thank you for your patience and understanding.

How to Place Holds on Columbus Materials

The Columbus Public Library is now offering curbside pickup but we are limited to the items that are in our building.

Our newest library staff member Bethany has created a helpful video to walk you through how to use our online catalog Linkcat to find items that are currently available at the Columbus Public Library and how to place them on hold for pickup. The tutorial can be viewed by clicking here.

Don’t feel like looking for specific titles and would rather make a more general request for a genre, subject or theme? We have a form for that! Click here for the form. This is most helpful for someone who might want to request mystery books or children’s picture books and do not want to request specific titles. Once the form has been filled out, library staff will pull items from our shelves that fit your request. Bethany has also made a video tutorial for this form as well and it can be viewed by clicking here.

If you are having difficulties placing holds through the online system or the form, please contact the library at 920-623-5910 and a staff member can assist you with your requests.

Library staff will contact you when your holds are ready to schedule a time for curbside pickup.

Offering Curb Side Service Starting April 28

Columbus Public Library is excited to be able to off the curbside service to the community.

We know everyone is excited about having access to library materials and we want to make sure we let everyone know how this process will work. Limited services will be available starting Tuesday, Apirl 28 and services will be conducted Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm. Reminder: the lobby, restrooms, computers, and other spaces will not be accessible.

Here are some things we would like you to know about our curb side service:

1). We will begin working in the building on Monday, April 27th and pull items that are on hold for COL patrons only.

2). We will be reaching out to patrons who have existing holds on the shelf waiting to be picked up. These are items that you didn't have a chance to pick them up before we closed in March.

3). After the first two steps are completed, staff will begin processing new requests. Requests can be made starting on Tuesday the 28th after 10am.

4). You will be limited to items available at Columbus Public Library--SCLS is not running delivery service between libraries at this time.

5). You can place holds through Linkcat, but you will want to make sure the items shows up as "available" at Columbus Public Library, otherwise we will not be able to pull it for you. You can also make general requests by contacting the library at 920-623-5910, email or fill out the Google form found here.

6.) There will be a limit of 25 items per pick up regardless of number of people being picked up for. We are also asking that you limit pick up to one time per week.

7). Staff will call you once your items have been pulled and are ready for pick up. You must schedule a time to pick up these items. Please follow staff instructions. 

8). When you arrive at your designated pickup time, please pull up to the James Street curb in front of the library in the loading zone. We will then bring your items out and place them on the hood of your vehicle. To keep with social distancing, we ask that you wait until library staff is back on the patio area before exiting your vehicle.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to being able to serve the community in this new way.

POSTPONED: Jerry Apps coming to Columbus!

This event has been POSTPONED UNTIL SEPT OR OCTOBER. Please check back for updates.

You’ve seen him on Wisconsin Public Television as he presents his down-home stories of yesteryear and life on the Wisconsin farm. Now come see him in person at the Columbus Senior Center as the Columbus Public Library is delighted to present author Jerry Apps for an afternoon of reminiscence and laughter. Event will be held in September or October. Please watch for updates.

Jerry will talk about his books, notably his most recent book, “The Land Still Lives," which also happens to be his very first book, first published 50 years ago. He’ll also be stressing the importance of Telling Your Story, encouraging audience members to recall and record their own precious memories.

Visit from State Superintendent

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor visit the Columbus Public Library this past Wednesday, March 4.

Library Director Lindsey Ganz a tour of the library. During the tour, Lindsey was able to share about some of the ongoing programs the library offers as well as some of the things the library does with partnerships in the community. They also talked about the library’s outreach to nearby Fall River including a book club at the nursing home and mobile library program that will be coming this summer.

The library is honored and thanks Superintendent Stanford Taylor for taking the time to stop by our small-town library.

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