By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — Patrons of the Colfax Public Library will soon be able to increase their chances of having a “lucky day.”
The Lucky Day program for DVDs will feature a small selection of up-to-date popular movies, said Lisa Bragg-Hurlburt, director of the Colfax Public Library, at the library board’s February 20 meeting.
The DVDs in the Lucky Day collection will be brand new video releases of current movies that must, according to program rules, be duplicates of what the library already has in the collection, she said.
[emember_protected] The DVDs in the Lucky Day program can only be checked out for three days. The movies cannot be renewed, and they cannot be reserved, Bragg-Hurlburt said.
And that’s the beauty of the program.
On any given day, if a library patron wants to check out a recently-released popular movie video, chances are there is a waiting list for that movie, Bragg-Hurlburt said.
With the Lucky Day program, library patrons will be able to look at the display, see what is available and check the movie out of the library right on the spot on a “first come, first served” basis, she said.
The Lucky Day movies also are not available to be put “on hold” for other libraries.
“People come in all the time and ask what’s new, and the good ones are always checked out,” Bragg-Hurlburt said, adding the Lucky Day movies will be “just for patrons who come into the (Colfax) library.”
The Lucky Day movies will have a limit of two DVDs per family at a time.
The Lucky Day program also could be used for popular fiction, Bragg-Hurlburt said.
Mark Halpin, the Colfax Village Board’s representative on the library board, wondered about the age of the DVDs.
The Lucky Day collection will be updated every few months as new movies come out on video, Bragg-Hurlburt explained.
The library has already purchased a display rack able to hold about 30 Lucky Day DVDs.
The money for purchasing the duplicate copies of recently-released movie videos will come out of the library’s regular movie budget, Bragg-Hurlburt said.
“It’s a strategic use of funds,” she said.
“They cannot be reserved, and you have to come in,” Bragg-Hurlburt reiterated.
Krista Ottinger, president of the Colfax Public Library Board, said her daughter often goes to the Menomonie library to see what is available on the Lucky Day display.
And while her daughter often does not find what she is looking for in terms of Lucky Day materials, she usually checks out other items from the Menomonie public library while she is there, Ottinger said.
Colfax Public Library Board members agreed the Lucky Day program would help draw visitors to the library and could potentially help with increasing the library’s circulation.
“It’s a brilliant idea,” Ottinger said.
Now that the Colfax Village Board has declined the offer of the old nursing home building on High Street, Bragg-Hurlburt said she believed it would be worthwhile for the library board to discuss what is next for the library.
The Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center had offered to give the former nursing home building to the village, but after village officials began looking into the possibility of moving the village offices and the library to the building on High Street, they decided remodeling the structure for village use would be too expensive.
Now that the library will be staying in the existing location in the Colfax Municipal Building, “we have to make it the best building we can make it,” Bragg-Hurlburt said.
More people have been coming into the municipal building because of the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group’s efforts to hold events in the auditorium, she said.
CMBRG members, especially the group’s president, Troy Knutson, have worked hard to make the auditorium an inviting place for the public. The auditorium was recently decorated for Valentine’s Day, and now it is decorated for St. Patrick’s Day, Bragg-Hurlburt noted.
CMBRG also decorated the auditorium in a Halloween theme for the October Truth Be Told Spooky Edition and the library’s Halloween party and decorated the auditorium for Christmas for the library’s Christmas party and the Holiday Edition of Truth Be Told.
The library has some funds available that could be contributed to help with additional renovations on the building, perhaps including making the basement a usable space, Bragg-Hurlburt said.
Moving the library to a larger space was an exciting idea, but there were also reservations about moving the library out of its historic location, Ottinger said.
The Colfax Public Library has occupied the same space in the municipal building for a little more than a hundred years.
Library board member Nancy Baumgartner wondered if moving the Colfax Police Department to another location might be a possibility to free up more space in the municipal building.
“It’s a possibility,” said Gary Stene, village president and the Dunn County Board’s representative on the Colfax Public Library Board.
The Colfax Village Board would have to make the decision to move the police department, Halpin said.
The police department could possibly move to the Department of Public Works building on Railroad Avenue, but part of the DPW building would have to be remodeled for the police department, Stene said.
The Colfax Public Library’s annual report is now ready to be submitted to the Indianhead Federated Library System, and IFLS will then submit the report to the state Department of Public Instruction, Bragg-Hurlburt said.
The Colfax Public Library has more than 9,000 children’s books. In 2017, about 10,000 items from the Colfax library were loaned to patrons of other libraries through the MORE system, while about 10,000 items were loaned from other libraries to patrons of the Colfax library, she said.
The village of Colfax has 367 library card holders, and there are 979 library card holders outside of the village for a total of 1,346 active users of the Colfax library, Bragg-Hurlburt said.
Because most of the library card holders reside outside of the village, Dunn County provides about two-thirds of the Colfax Public Library’s annual revenue. For this year, Dunn County’s allocation for the Colfax Public Library is a little more than $77,000.
Here are some of the other statistics from the Colfax Public Library’s annual report:
• Total circulation for 2017 was 27,615 items.
• Public computer accesses were 5,383.
• Wireless connections were 4,018. (This refers to people connecting to the library’s Internet connection with their own wireless devices, such as cell phones and tablet computers, and could include Internet connections in Tower Park.)
• Electronic materials checked out by Colfax library patrons were 2,240. (E-books can be downloaded to a library user’s Kindle, cell phone or tablet. The electronic materials are not included in the library’s total circulation.)
• Programs included 64 for children; 29 for teens; 20 for all other age groups; total attendance at programs was 2,160. [/emember_protected]