Upcoming Fundraising Events!

The following events are scheduled for December and are sponsored by “The Friends of the New Lisbon Library”

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SAT., DECEMBER 5, 2015


9am to 2:30pm

Located at the New Lisbon High School – Check out our booth – purchase books, crafted wooden bowls & pens donated by Don Rosine and Candy Bouquets created by Sidney Schultz.


SAT., DECEMBER 12, 2015


8:30 am to 11am

Bethany Lutheran Church 618 River Street, New Lisbon

$4 – pancakes, sausage, coffee and milk – 2 years and under FREE


SUN., DECEMBER 13, 2015


1pm to 5pm

Starting at the New Lisbon Library purchase your ticket and pick up your map.  $10 per person (10 and under free), all tickets will be entered into a drawing at 5:30pm at Burr Oak Winery


TUES., DECEMBER 15, 2015


4:30PM TO 6:30PM

A joint effort between the Community Closet and the Friends of the Library – Located at the Community Center


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We need to Renovate!

An enthusiastic group of some 30 local volunteers has been working on plans to update and expand the New Lisbon Library.  Their primary goal is to help secure the $2 million needed to fund this badly-needed project.  Financial involvement will be sought from individuals, families, businesses and community groups over the next few months.  Informational and benefit events will call attention to plans for creating a user-friendly library for young and old – the first major improvements since the library was built more than 50 years ago.

Updating the library’s Park Street site is felt to be the most practical and economical solution, with close proximity to local schools and good visibility along a main highway.  While the present building is basically sound, plans call for upgrading outdated plumbing and electrical wiring.  Original windows would be replaced with energy conserving ones.  Modern overhead lighting will be both brighter and less costly to operate.  The building’s roof would be reconfigured, since the present flat roof often requires frequent, expensive repairs.  Many interior spaces are not now accessible to people with physical challenges.

The library is currently housed in 4,136 sq ft, less room than in virtually every other library in nearby communities.  As New Lisbon’s book collection, programming and internet access usage have steadily increased, less space is available for shelving, seating and new materials.  Because the library has literally outgrown itself, a building addition will be built on two adjacent lots.  This will open new doors for children’s and young adult programming.  The addition will also provide space for a welcome community room with a functional kitchenette.

Further, the library now contains many artifacts of considerable historic value that cannot be fully displayed due to lack of space.  These were donated with the understanding that they would be viewed, and we need to honor that trust.  The addition will accommodate a history gallery for display, as well as a local archives and genealogy storage/research room.

The New Lisbon Memorial Library has long been an informational and cultural hub for area residents.  It provides continuing education and personal enrichment for all age groups.  Children need better access to materials, media and places to study that they cannot find at home or school.  Seniors use the library for a social outlet, periodicals and entertainment.  As our hometown area progresses, needs and services continue to evolve.  This is especially true in technology – the need for more computers and access to the Internet.  For many who do not otherwise have easy access to technology, the library truly becomes a “window to the world”.


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lego club

Next LEGO Club Meeting is Wednesday, December 2nd at 3:30

and will be held the first Wednesday of every month at 3:30 throughout the school year.

All ages welcome!!


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Just click on the “Donate” button!!

All donations will automatically be deposited into the Library’s Building Fund and are greatly appreciated.

 Our current balance in the Building Fund is $180,598.98

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“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” 
― Sidney Sheldon


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The New Lisbon Memorial Library is full of wonderful pieces of history.  We have albums full of historic photos and stories that date back as late as 1854.  These albums were a labor of love for local historian Fred Rabuck and his assistant John Stastny.

Now, thanks to our own archivist, Trenton Streck-Havill, these images, as well as Wa-Du-Shuda yearbooks, are available to you right from the comfort of your computer.  It is as easy as a click of a button!

Check out the Tab “New Lisbon Archives” to begin your trek through history!


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The “Needle Nuts”

 Are you into crocheting, knitting or sewing?  If so, come join us at the New Lisbon Memorial Library every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10am to Noon!

Get some great ideas from other crafters or just enjoy some wonderful conversation and laughter!!

Next Meetings: December 1st and 15th at 10am


book club

The next discussion is …

December 21st at  2:30pm

The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked

By:  David Benjamin

download (8)Through the telling of his own madcap childhood, David Benjamin pays homage to the exuberance of countless young boys growing up in middle America in the 1950s.  Whether he’s stalking frogs through the bogs of Tomah, Wisconsin, playing four-kid baseball with his bothersome little brother and two favorite cousins, or sneaking into the theater to watch Saturday afternoon westerns, Benjamin is the kind of little kid who would have fallen in eagerly with redoubtable Tom Sawyer.  Traversing the nooks and crannies of kidhood, from ballfields to swimming holes, this story captures a time and a place in twentieth century American life and celebrates the adventures and wanderlust that once made childhood such an exhilarating enterprise.


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