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By Amber Hayden
GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City Public Library welcomed new Director, Katie Schneider who worked over the summer for the library and welcomed the chance to step into the roll of director for the town.
Schneider along with her husband Ryan, are in the stages of building what will be their home between the cities of Elmwood and Spring Valley. Ryan is a teacher for the Spring Valley school district.
“We got married last year and have been living with his dad ever since while we wait for the house to be finished,” she explained.
Schneider has been working for the Public Library system since 2006 when she started in Eau Claire and was there for 10 years. From there she moved on to Elk Mound and helped start the public library there, and began working in Elmwood in 2017 as the director.
“Elmwood was about to close and I’ve done everything I could there to help keep it going,” she said. “Glenwood City I think just needs a different direction to get this place hopping again, I feel there is a couple of things I can do here to help get it going.”
Schneider worked for Glenwood City over the summer and explained compared to Elmwood it was rather quiet, explaining that during one of the summer programs held in Elmwood she saw as many as 50 kids in the small town.
She has a lot of plans and ideas for the local library, including going fine free as of January 1. Any patron that has accumulated a fine for items only in Glenwood City will see those waived at the start of the year, but Schneider stated any fines with other libraries will still stand.
In previous years the library had offered a fine forgiveness program during the holidays in order to help the local food shelf, but with the fine free beginning Schneider has already got the wheels in motion for a new way patrons can help the local food shelf.
The library will also look at extending their delivery service outside of just Glenhaven to include those who are unable to make it to the library, expressing that the staff will be able to go to them instead. Other thoughts are to hold a ladies night at the community center which has been a hit in Elmwood with her first one seeing about 70 women.
“We will be doing story time at the daycare, as well as setting up three programs that are already booked for the summer,” Schneider commented. “The staff is ready to go and pumped up so in March we will work day and night to get the summer programs ready so I can do a presentation at the school.”
Each student will receive a new library bag and a flyer will be inside allowing parents to know about the upcoming programs such as; A magician, a reptile expert, and a day with Legos.
One last thing Schneider will look at working on is the inside renovations they have set to start when her husband has time off work, she joked. The new shelving and work began around December 27.
Schneider along with her husband and staff began working on taking out all of the old shelving and replacing it with new shelves that will line the outside walls. This will give the library a fresh look and an open floor plan to make room for nicer furniture and an area that will welcome guests to sit and stay a while, something she believes that the staff can’t picture yet until it is finished.