Library History

The first Greenwood Library was started by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union as a circulating library.  They placed a tent over the basement of the L.W. Larson home (which burned in the fire of 1885), and held a big dinner there.  Each person was asked to give a book.  The circulating library was kept in Buland’s drug store.

The library began in a room at the rear of the Farmers and Merchants Bank. Between 1913 and 1914, several locations were used for the library including the former post office and the old Baptist Church.  A fire at the church destroyed some of the collection.

In the winter of 1912, a group met to discuss establishing a library for Greenwood.  On Jan 22, 1913, officers were elected to establish and maintain a public library.  On May 6, 1913, the City took over the library with a budget of $150 yearly and the first library board was established.  H.J. Thomas became the librarian followed by Edith Varney.  The first month, over 600 books were loaned. Essylath Andrews followed Varney as librarian.

On Sept 10, 1930, a fire of unknown origin happened and the books were moved to the R.E.A. building.  On April 30, 1926, the city purchased the Baptist Church for a City Hall and moved the library there, where it remained until the new City Hall was built in 1935. The Greenwood Public Library is still in the same building occupied in 1935.

Previous directors:

Gelia Thomas

Edith Varney

Essalyth Andrews

Bea Clayton

Esther Meng

Nettie Berthold 1971-1976

Alice Braun 1976-1989

Pat Braun 1989-2012

Kim Metzke 2012-


1971-P. O. Box rent was $7.20.  Nettie was paid $2.30 an hour for 1 day a week for vertical file work.

1972 – “Hardy Boys” books and “Tom Swift” books were purchased for 60cents each.

1974– Clark County joined Wisconsin Valley Library Service

1975-Book budget was $100.

1976  -Alice Braun was appointed as librarian.

1980 – City added 420 square feet on to the library to create the “children’s room”.

1981 – Open House held on March 7, 1981.

1986 – Library received an Apple IIE Computer with Monitor, Printer,

1 box of paper, 2 ribbons for printer, and Appleworks software. Follett software used to enter books on computer.

1986-1989 –The library added volumes to the statewide union catalog known as WISCAT.  Sometime later Wisconsin Valley Library Service gave the area libraries a modem which was attached to the computer.  This permitted the library to send interlibrary loan requests through electronic transmission.  The program was called “Quill”.

1988 – Purchased 1 computer for public use.

1989 – Pat Braun became the Director.

1989 –Microfiche system will be replaced with a CD Rom System.

1990 – City of Greenwood became exempt from the County tax levy.  Purchase of an IBM computer to run CD Rom with phone modem.  Library will participate in the Centennial with a skit.

1991 – Greenwood Centennial

1992 – Roof leaked – Westerns damaged.

1992 – The rotary phone was replaced with a touch-tone phone.

1993 – State Cash grants eliminated.

1995 –WVLS has received a grant for public libraries to access the internet.

1995 –Once a week courier service will be available soon.

1997 – Consolidated Paper Grant in the amount of $5000 used to purchase computers.

1999 – Building Committee recommended to build new facility instead of renovate the existing one.  Teach T-1 lines installed. Bar coding began for V-Cat.

2000 –A Spring Referendum will be held on building city/library building.

2001 –V-Cat installed on-line cataloging.


Library History by Kim Metzke

Library Board of Trustees: Bernie Bock, Dennis Bucheger, Deb Krultz, Cheri Lenz, Judith Pentz, Joyce Rondorf, Gil Sutherland.

6-2012 – Pat Braun retired as Director, Kim Metzke hired as Director

7-2012 – Library remodeling begins replacing nonadjustable shelving throughout library. Wall repair in ‘jail room’ and children’s area completed by Mark Gardner. Painting of entire interior by Larry Rondorf. Children’s section renamed “Kid Zone.”

9-2012 -Day Care Book Drop Off Established and Reading weekly to 7Cs Daycare begins. Painting of the 4 seasons on closet door by Judy Metzke.

“It’s About Children” project drew $4250 to spend on improvements in décor, furniture, and books. Plaque of donors placed in Kid Zone.

11-2012 – Adult Book Club begins and high school volunteers implemented. Teen Advisory Council established.

1-2013 – Library remodeling continues. Laptop purchased. Continue tradition of delivering books to Black River View Apartments.

4-2013 – iPads issued to WVLS Library Directors

5-2013 – Kevin Syth installs new book drop purchased with memorial funds. Open House held to celebrate the library’s centennial. Cheese and crackers and cookies served. Tony Peroshek installs new lights in jail room.

8-2013 – Heidi Venet and Mary Jo Gregorich begin as part-time library assistants to replace C. Scheel. New air dryer (a loud one) placed in restroom to save money. New wall mounted magazine display unit. Microfilm machine and reels of TRG moved to Loyal Public Library. New chairs for computer patrons.

9-2013 – Monthly reading visits to Head Start. Seasonal themed bulletin board established and white boards in both areas. Seasonal book displays and ‘new books’ on display

10-2013 – LSTA Growing Wisconsin Readers Grant $250 for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

11-2013 – new carpet is installed. New ‘big’ chair for Kid Zone. New Clark County plat book release.Coffee Talk Tuesdays begin at 10:30

12-2013 – Story Time Saturdays begin with cookie decorating activity. Caller ID for phone. Library reorganized books more like a bookstore, less reliant on Dewey Decimal. New signage for item location. Project WIN underway (talks of merging WVLS, IFLS, and NWLS).

4-2014 – Game Night held for grades 3-6. 26 students participated. “Duck” Tape Fun for grades 5 and up with 6 students.

5-2014 – Revised loan rules. 14 loan period for all books. 7 day loan period for all DVDs. New items cannot be renewed. New circulation desk installed by Joel Suda. Elementary classes visit library. Brochure created with hours, loan rules, address for online card catalog and Overdrive (WI Digital Library). Began monthly movie day for Black River View Apartment residents.

6-2014 – Summer Reading Kick-off hosted Performer ‘Robert the Magician’ at the elementary with his Willy Wonka show. Fizz Boom Read theme. Began monthly movie day for Pabich Group Home residents. 2 computers replaced with Ara Standiford memorial donations.

7-2014 – Greenwood Public Library’s first appearance in the Summerfest Parade! Decorated book carts. Greenwood Boy Scouts present a knot tying workshop.

8-2014 – Summer Reading Picnic in the park. Hotdogs and S’mores-drawings for grand prizes. Shelving in main area now complete! Project WIN (merger of WVLS, IFLS, NWLS) voted down by all 3 systems

10-2014 – Tween Halloween Party for grades 4-6. Pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, treats, guess the weight of the pumpkin contest. Saturday Story Time Halloween Party. Staff dressed as Scooby-Doo characters. Project of labeling books completed for Accelerated Reader.
Awning installed over entrance by Appleton Awning.

11-2014 – Hand/machine quilt demo given by Judith Pentz for Saturday Story Time. Duct Tape Night for grades 4-6. Cost for large print books $35. Local artists displaying work this year: Mary Jo Fox, Brandi Artac.

12-2014 – Gift in a Jar activity held for Grade 3. Treasure cookie mix recipe. Story Time annual cookie decorating. Mead Witter grant received ($5000) and used for audiobooks, DVDs, board books, and adult nonfiction.

1-2015 –  New Shelves in Kid Zone for Fiction/Nonfiction assembled by staff. Book budget is $11,000. Average cost for book is $18, DVD – $16, Audiobook – $123.

3-2015 – 2015 Book Challenge begins. Read 20 books in categories of your choice by Dec. 30th.

5-2015 – Apple iPad Air2 purchased along with Apple TV device. First puppet show for Saturday Story Time featured Charlie the Ranch Dog and His New Friend, Waiting is Not Easy. Library hosts Randy Peterson at the elementary for the public library’s kick-off to Summer Reading.

6-2015 – Summer Reading begins for preschoolers-Grade 12. Theme is Everyday Heroes are Incredible! Videos of our everyday heroes and a visit from Police Chief Bock are planned for Saturday Story Times. 2 new patron PCs purchased.

7-2015 – Saturday Story Time Puppet Show with Elephant and Piggie.

8-2015 – Summer Reading picnic in the park. 50 participants this year drew a crowd of 60 for the picnic! Partnership with CVTC begins- Monday evenings. Patron computers are reserved for Adult Education participants.

10-2015 -Halloween Party for grades 3-4 (games, treats, book talk), Puppet Show for Head Start, hosted ‘Tales from Beyond’ lyceum at the high school.

11-2015 – Program: Artemis Spaceship Simulation – team building, engineering, technology-grades 7-12 – sponsored by CVTC. Group meets twice monthly.Book Bash & Bean Bag Toss for grades 5-6.

12-2015 – Annual cookie decorating after Story Time. Cocoa & Conversation held for grades 5-6.

3-2016 –  New courier packaging system. All libraries use same bins and do not bag each library separately. This change is to unify courier services throughout the state in anticipation of reconfiguration of library systems. Library participated in sharing early literacy information at Greenwood’s Child Development Day at the Elementary School.

5-2016 – Library hosts Robert the Magician’s “Magic of the Olympics” at the elementary school as the Summer Reading Kick-Off. Classes 4K-8 visited the library for book talks/tours.

8-2016  Summer Reading participants celebrate reading over 800 books at the Library Olympics in the city park. Games and prizes rewarded the readers.

9-2016  Hosted Mark Moran (PBS Antique Roadshow) appraiser during End of Summer Fest. Grades 1-3 enjoyed group games after school.

10-2016 – Grade 4 watched “The Spiderwick Chronicles” movie based on the book by Tony DiTerlizzi.
11-2016 – Patron Computer station Lenovo with Windows 10 OS and Laptop Lenovo ThinkPad purchased. Laptop is placed by circulation desk and used for patron assistance with VCat/OverDrive. Zippered totebags with GPL logo purchased to be used as patron prizes.

2017 – Grades 2-6 invited for after school Game Time.  Summer Reading performance by Randy Peterson held at the elementary. Summer Reading participants reached an all-time high of 93!  STEM kit days were held and youth of all ages used Ozobots, Dash & Dot Robots, built bridges, completed snap circuits, built flower gardens with Build & Bloom, created with magnetic shapes and foam blocks. Book Club attended the theatre to watch one of the books read that was made into a movie: “The Circle.” Another movie night was held at the library to watch another book club book making the big screen, “A Light Between Oceans.”

2018 –   Staff member Dawn Jacobson holds exercise program for residents   at Black River View Apartments. A Sewing and Embroidery Demo was given by two talented employees of Brubaker’s Sewing and Furniture. Staff member Jim Mildbrand held two sessions on Reloading Ammunition. Local Author Mithrandir held a book signing here. Classes visited to learn about the summer reading program. The Spoon Man performed at the elementary and at the Adult Development Service building. Local group homes were invited to attend. June-August were busy with readers and STEAM activities were held to complement the reading program. Pancake art, chalk art, Snap Circuits, and building kits were available to explore. Sewing machines were used by youth to make a cinch bag. Duct tape day was full of sticky fun. Area resident Shari Smith hosted a sewing event: making a pillow. Partnering with the school district on an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant to bring 2 authors to Greenwood took months of planning. Aisha Saeed (Amal Unbound) visited in October and spoke to all students and gave an evening presentation. The libraries set up stations with henna art, student projects on Pakistan and spice and chai tasting. Lucy Tan ( What We Were Promised) visited in December for an evening presentation at the high school. Local residents shared photos of visits to China, a family shared their adoption videos, a chopstick station and language/writing Mandarin station were also available for participants to enjoy. Book clubs, students, and community members were able to experience other cultures through these grant events.

2019 –

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