Jerry Apps Live Virtual Event!

Mark your calendars, because the Columbus Public Library is happy to announce a live online event with Jerry Apps scheduled for Saturday, September 19! Sign-up is required. Read more below.

You’ve seen Jerry on Wisconsin Public Television as he presents his down-home stories of yesteryear and life on the Wisconsin farm. Now, the Columbus Public Library is delighted to present author Jerry Apps for an online afternoon of reminiscence and laughter.

He 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.

This event will be held online via Zoom. Sign up is required. Please sign up by filling out the form found here. Participants are encouraged to submit questions for Jerry to address during the live event. See the form for details.

New Mobile Library Words On Wheels

Columbus Public Library is excited to announce its new mobile pop up library, Words On Wheels!! Words On Wheels we be popping up weekly at Fall River Village Park, located at 196 Kane Street behind the school, and hope to be able to add other stops in the near future.

We will be bringing with us a variety of materials for all age groups. Materials will be available for check out with your library card. If you do not have a library card you will be able to sign up for one on-site, you just need a photo ID with your current address. If your ID does not have your current address on it please bring a piece of mail addressed to you at your current address.

The library is thrilled to bring this new service to the community! Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find when and where we will be popping up around the area throughout the summer.

Summer Reading Program is Here!!

The Summer Reading Program is here!

This year we are moving the summer reading program to a website/app called Beanstack. There are challenges for all ages, and the site/app makes it super easy to log your reading and track your progress. You can visit the Beanstack website or download the app to register. You are able to register as an individual, a family, or classroom account.

The reading challenge this summer will be recorded as minutes spent reading as well as various activities. You will earn badges as you continue reading and completing activities. Once you earn the Completion Badge (available after you have reached a certain number of badges), you earn a free book and a ticket to put into one of the prize drawings listed on the site. Keep reading and completing more activities to earn more tickets for the drawings.

We would prefer that if at all possible that you would please log your reading progress using Beanstack when it becomes available. It will help minimize the person to person contact as well as create less paper waste. Those who have no or limited internet access can still obtain paper logs upon request.

The Summer Reading Program ends Friday, August 7. Prize tickets entered after end of day Friday will not be accepted. Prize winners will be contacted the following week. Prize winners will be announced only with winner’s consent.

If you have any questions, please call Columbus Public Library at (920)-623-5910.

Come Write With Us Event

In two-hour classes on three separate evenings or mornings, author and writing educator Valerie Biel will guide writers of all skill levels through a discussion on writing topics, idea generation, and story marketability before delving into the main elements of good storytelling, basics of plotting, character development, effective dialogue writing, editing and more. There will be time in each session for questions and fun, short writing exercises. These classes will focus on novel-length fiction, memoir, or narrative nonfiction for either children or adult audiences. Picture book authors are welcome and will benefit from much of the course as well. 

This is a Virtual Program and event times are:
Evening sessions: June 23, July 21, August 25, 5:30-7:30pm 
Morning sessions:  June 26, July 24 , August 28, 10:00am–12:00pm

It is not necessary to attend all three of the sessions. Sign-up for the event can be found here. You will receive an email the day before the event with a link for the event.

Valerie is the author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series. She often teaches about writing topics at conferences, libraries, and schools, and creates a monthly Writers’ Forum column with the latest news from the publishing industry and writing world on her website,

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 for Curbside Pick Up

The Columbus Public Library is still offering curbside pickup.

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. Holds are being transferred between libraries. The time frame for holds to reach their destination is longer than normal due to safety precautions being taken by delivery and the libraries.

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.

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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