Florence County Library working together with the Florence School District
Florence County Library Community Upgrade Collaboration was a total make-over of the community library on a limited budget. Gently-used shelving from the Cedarburg Library was part of the project. The company hired to move the furniture from Cedarburg to Florence donated a full day of their labor. Funds from a memorial donation allowed the installation of a theater system complete with surround sound and gaming capabilities. Labor to install the theater system and the projection screen were donated. With the library transformed into a state-of-the-art facility, staff make it a top priority to bring the community into the library. Library staff have organized book clubs to engage adults, teachers and further strengthen community connections.
Events include a book verses movie program. All ages are encouraged to read a series of novels and then see the movie on the new theater system with free popcorn and a drink provided. The library’s friends group assists with programming throughout the year. Partners in this project are the Florence School District, Florence County Library, Florence County Library Board, and the Friends of the Florence County Library.
Accepting the award will be Florence County Library Director Stephanie Weber and Florence School District Administrator Ben Neihaus.