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Library Celebrates 25 Years on Main Street

Twenty five years ago the Staff and Patrons of the library were busy moving from the Cook Memorial Library building to the new Oconto Falls Community Library on Main Street.oconto-falls-library-1991253 In 1985 planning begun with the City and the Library Board to build a new library. Cook Library had become too crowded and with new technology coming, there was no room to expand. The Wellens Garage was selected as the new site. The City contributed $500,000 and the library had to raise the remaining amount. Scott Paper donated $50,000 and the library received a grant of $125,00.  A radio/telethon was organized and earned another $130,000.  Chairpersons of the fundraising were Audrey O’Harrow and Dick Van Ark. Library Board members, which oversaw construction were Tom Milheiser president, Ken Kozak vice president, Diane Marquardt, Sylvia Kamke, Tom Malcomson, Bob Moffitt and Victor Rossetti.

Wisconsin Talking Books available

Many times we hear from people that the library provides a wide selection of items and formats for their reading and entertainment needs. When we purchase books, the library will purchase multiple formats such as a paper version in regular print or large print, audiobooks and with e-books on overdrive.

In recent years, large print books have become more popular and easily accessible. Our collection has grown and so has the collection in Infosoup.

But what happens when and senior or someone with a handicap can no longer read due to a visual or physical impairment? Do they just stop doing something that they have enjoyed for many years? No, we send them to Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library. As part of a national network cooperating with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides audio books and brailled materials to persons, living in Wisconsin, who cannot see regular print or handle print materials. WTTBL patrons receive and return books and equipment, postage-free through the U.S. Postal Service. Go to for an online application.

Talking Book Program provides a digital played with specially designed USB drives to hold one or more books or magazines. The digital player is user friendly. The collection numbers about 200,000 items and over 40,000 different titles. Bestsellers, romances, mysteries, classics, sports and travel are just a few of the many subject areas to choose from. Materials are available for adults, young adults and children. The Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library also lends audio-described DVDs and videos. Materials are also available to children and young adults with reading disabilities.

Schools, hospitals, nursing homes and individuals can apply. Come in and talk to us about how to get started or just go to

John Maino Comes to Oconto Falls

John Maino poster135Oconto County Library Services Board will be presenting John Maino at the Oconto Falls Performing Arts Center on Saturday September 10th at 6:30.

John will be sharing his experiences with WWII Veterans and his observations after being embedded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is a free event sponsored by the Oconto County Library Services Board. Refreshments will be served.

Story Hour Begins Sept 13th at the Library

Kim 002Summer is almost over and it is back to school time. After a few weeks off, Kim and her preschool story hour will begin on Tuesday, September 13th at 10:30. Stories, games and crafts are being planned. Kids are all welcomed but need to be old enough to sit and listen to a story. See you there!

Book Sale Begins Aug 11th!


The annual Oconto Falls Library Book Sale begins Thursday Aug 11th at 8:00 to 7:00. Friday opens at 8:00 to 5:00 and Saturday 9:00 to 12:00. Books priced .25 for mass market paperbacks and .50 for rest. There may be a few individually priced. Great selection of cookbooks and quilting books this year! We also have a small section of 1950s fiction. My be some buys in there. See you there.

Ready, Set Read for Summer

Activities are planned for everyone at the Oconto Falls Library. Reading logs can be picked up and turned in for prizes anytime.  Summer programs start on June 14th with Preschoolers, K-4 and K-5, and Early Readers. Tuesdays at 1:00 Kim will  lead preschoolers and kindergarteners on a sports adventure. Jeff Schullo will be reading with early readers Dav Pilkey books. Registration is required so we know how many books to purchase.

The Middle School and Teen Yoga classes are cancelled due to lack of interest.


Contact the library at 846-2673 with any questions. Registration can be done by phone.

Oconto County Newspapers Digitization Collection

The Oconto County Genealogical Society has done some great research in the past with Oconto County Schools and the Cemetery/Obituary database. A few years ago they started working on getting the old Oconto County newspapers digitized. It has been a long work in progress, but the wait is worth it. We are now seeing the results we have waited for. Go to and see how far the collection has come. You will be able to search by word, name or keyword. The Oconto Falls papers are now complete to 1920. The Herald goes from 1899-1902, Oconto Falls Herald 1902-1912, Union Farmer Herald 1912-1916, Farmer Herald 1916-1920, and Oconto Falls Herald goes to August 1920. We hopefully will be able to add more to this collection soon. This was not possible without the donation from the Oconto Falls Friends of the Library.

We have paper copies of the newspapers from 1923 to present, but the 1920s and 30s papers we have limited access to because they are rapidly deteriorating. Hopefully, these will be digitized soon.

Gardening With Scott


Spring is around the corner and our seed catalogs are on the table. You can also tell its spring when Scott Reuss, Crops/Soils/Horticulture Agent for the Marinette/Oconto County UW-Extension, comes to the library.

We have three programs planned. Thursday Feb 18th at 6:30 Small Space Vegetable Gardening. Raising vegetables does not require a huge space. With proper attention to soil health, plant selection and spacing, and plant management principles, you can achieve high quality and high yields from small spaces. We will talk about small spaces of all types, from flat-ground gardens to raised beds and containerized vegetables.

On March 17th at 6:30 is Raising Tomatoes, Peppers and Relatives. This session will focus on what it takes to successfully grow tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, but with the option to ask questions and have discussion of potato production, as well.

On Thursday April 14th at 6:30 will be Beginning Vegetable Gardening. Are you new or relatively new to vegetable gardening? If so, join the discussion of the principles you can use to successfully grow your own home-grown vegetables. We will focus on how to prepare the site; what to plant that is easier to manage and more likely to have success in a new garden; and then relay the pests your plants may experience. Bring your questions and concerns for this open discussion.

All sessions are free.