Programming brought to Rhinelander by people like you
BY VIRGINIA ROBERTS
Rhinelander District Library Director
Special to StarJournalNow.com
A few weeks ago the Rhinelander District Library (RDL) was very happy to host many of the free community programs for the School of the Arts Legacy Program (SOA). SOA was founded by University of Wisconsin literature professor, Robert E. Guard, over 50 years ago. Just two years ago, ArtStart Rhinelander and RDL worked very hard to get the program rebooted in our community. The Robert E. Guard Foundation, the University Of Wisconsin Division Of Continuing Studies, Treehaven—UWSP, Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin Valley Library Service, and The Wisconsin Arts Board along with two very important community foundations helped sponsor this event for 2017 and 2018.
Who are these community foundations? The Northern Arts Council (NAC), who not only helped fund these programs, but programs for all ages throughout the year at ArtStart and the Library, as well as several other community programs, emerging artists, and the Northern National Arts competition since 1987, on exhibit at Nicolet College through Nov. 9.
Rhinelander District Library Foundation (RDLF) is dear for obvious reasons. RDLF began as a group of citizens who believed a library was central to a strong community and raised funds for the 1984 addition. RDLF continues to perform their mission over 33 years later. They host regular campaigns for improvements to the library such as LED lighting, new window blinds, technology upgrades and the upcoming Ced Vig Holiday Book Fund, which raises money annually to supplement the library’s budget for adult, teen, and childrens books — and make your library collection one of the best.
Like the Northern Arts Council, RDLF provides money for all-ages programs in and around the library. Over 700 programs free to the public, this year alone, from tea parties to author visits, escape rooms to film festivals, are made possible by these organizations.
And who makes these organizations possible? Well, people like you do! By donating money to these important organizations, you allow the community’s RDL to do more for you — Celtic musicians, author events and writing classes, special story times and crafternoons are all possible because someone in our community gave a donation. Thank you so very much!
Thanks to them, as well. They make so much community programming possible by taking your donations and making them work harder and smarter together! I, for one, am extremely grateful by what they have and continue to do for our community library.
If you wish to volunteer for RDLF firstname.lastname@example.org or the Friends of the Library https://www.facebook.com/FOLRhinelander/ contact them—volunteers are always welcome (and the RDL “Before the Holidays Book Sale” is coming November 1-3). Northern Arts Council http://www.northernartscouncil.info/ meets at RDL the second Thursday of each month at 4pm.