We’re located in a renovated, century-old building on Woodville’s Main Street. Woodville Community Library, as a MORE library, has educational, informational and recreational materials in a wide variety of formats. In addition to books you’ll find:
- Magazines for all ages
- Newspapers (Baldwin Bulletin, Woodville Leader, Glenwood City Tribune, USA Today)
- Large-print books, audio books, and DVDs (popular and instructional)
- Computers for internet access and free WI-FI
Woodville Library History (from the library files)
In July of 1963, Lou Nestingen, Florence Swenson, LaVerne Winckler and Tee Heiser met with Professor Cooklock of River Falls about the possibility of starting a library in Woodville. These local people and Bud Fredrick then asked for and received permission from the Village Board to use the police room in the former Village Hall (above the clinic) for the library. State certification and support was secured from the Wisconsin State Library Commission on the second try. The state promised 1,000 books as a startup collection. In July of 1963, the Woodville Library Club was born.
On August 29, 1963, the Woodville Village Board voted to donate $500 and the room in the Village Hall (Lions Den) rent free to house the fledgling library. Volunteers worked weekday evenings for two and a half months in order to transform the room into suitable library space while other volunteers provided meals and refinished donated tables and chairs.
In mid-November, 1963, the carton of books arrived from the state. The members of the Library Club readied the books for circulation by typing circulation cards and gluing on spine labels before placing them on the shelves.On November 20, 1963, a Grand Opening introduced the residents of Woodville to their new library. The Woodville Library opened to the public on November 23, 1963. It was named the Woodville Community Library to reflect the intention to include and encourage use from surrounding townships. The first Library Board appointed consisted of Tee Heiser, Bud Fredrick, Oren McCulloch, Louis Olsen, and Florence Swenson.
Florence Swenson then became the first librarian, serving from 1963 to 1970. Her starting salary was $1.00 an hour. From 1970 to 1977, Jan Leaf served as librarian. In 1977, the Library moved into two rooms in the Pioneer Building, and Judy Rodel became librarian, serving until 1991. Lissa List was hired as librarian in 1991, and continued to serve the community in that capacity until 2000, when the library moved into the former Aaby plumbing and heating building in downtown Woodville on Main Street. Cindy Griffin served as Library Director from 2000 until 2010.
The relocation of the library in 2000 resulted from the Woodville Economic Development Corporation’s initiative to revitalize downtown Woodville. The corporation used funds from returns on its industrial park investments to purchase the vacant Aaby building. The village government then appropriated the necessary funds for remodeling and is leasing the facility with an option to buy it. The community raised more than $30,000 through fundraisers and private donations to pay for furnishings. The beautifully renovated building’s interior features the original sculpted metal ceiling, new oak trim, period lighting and a turn-of-the-century exterior.
Library Rules of Conduct
- Food and drink are permitted but you are responsible for any damage resulting in spills.
- Supervision is required for children under age 6.
- The access to the book shelves cannot be blocked.
- Those under the age of 18 must have a signed parental permission to use the library’s internet access computers.
- Behavior that is deemed by library staff to be disruptive will result in a warning to refrain. If a second warning is given, patrons will be told a third warning will result in expulsion from the library for the day.
- Viewing material that staff or other patrons deem visually offensive is not allowed and will result in a warning. A second request will result in ternination of the session on a public computer or a request to leave the library if it occurs on the patron’s personal device.
- Patrons are responsible for complying with copyright laws when printing or photocopying.
- Personal hygiene that results in a complaint will be deemed disruptive and the patron will be asked to resolve the issue before returning to the library.
- Solicitation on library property is prohibited.
Friends of the Library
The Woodville Library no longer has an active Friends Group. We do keep a list of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the library.
The Woodville Community Library is pleased to receive gifts and/or memorial donations from patrons. Acceptance of gifts of books and other library materials will be determined by the library director based on suitability to the library’s purposes and needs. Use or disposal of all gift materials will be determined by the director. Gift value will not be appraised for income tax purposes.