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Funding Priorities

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The Library Foundation strengthens the community by supporting Mead Public Library through philanthropy, advocacy and collaboration, focusing on enhancements to library facilities, technology, programs and collections. Past projects include:

Facilities

  • The renovation of a storage room into an activity space inside the Henrietta A. Landwehr Children’s Library Center. The room now hosts weekly hands-on programs in art and science.
  • New furniture, computers and other technology ehancements inside the Hanson Teen Library Center on the second floor and the Maas Teen Learning Center on the third floor
  • Renovation of the Rocca meeting room with new carpeting and a modern projector and sound room to create an attractive space for hosting programs and community events
  • Design and decor enhancements, display units, integrated power for laptop use throughout the building


Technology 

  • New self-checkout and check-in machines.
  • Purchase of 3D printers
  • New computers, upgraded work stations and enhanced WiFi accessibility
  • Website redesign which included usability assessment, mobile responsiveness and a contemporary design for an improved user experience
  • Digital Media Lab peripherals and software to provide a superior learning experience and allow patrons to create and edit digital photography, music, video animation and graphic design
  • Purchase of Radio Frequency ID tags (RFID)  for easier shelving, location, and cataloging of collection, reducing staff time and provide more accurate information 


Programs

  • Summer Reading Programs for kids, teens and adults to promote community-wide literacy 
  • SHEBOYGAN CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL - 3 day festival in the fall which informs, educates, and entertains through events at Mead Library, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Bookworm Gardens and the Above & Beyond Children's Museum. 
  • Prestigious speakers from the WISCONSIN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, ARTS AND LETTERS on important issues.  


Collections

  • Ancestry.com
  • Business Source
  • Consumer Health
  • Dorothy E. Werner Collection  - Dorothy Werner was a notable Sheboygan woman active in Catholic lay organizations, community health, and scholarship programs. She left a bequest to the library of $100,000 which was applied  to the distribution of current and accurate information designed to meet the needs of Sheboygan residents using state of the art information technology.
  • Fela & Anschel Warschau Collection