7/14/2017 7:26:00 AM Wolfe takes over as Lac du Flambeau library director
Dean Hall/Lakeland Times
New library director Jeanne Wolfe shows Tim Mann Jr. one of the new tablets which will be available to patrons once new protective covers arrive, on Monday, July 10, at the Lac du Flambeau Public Library.
The mission of the Lac du Flambeau Library
The mission of the Lac du Flambeau Public Library is to provide informational, cultural, educational, recreational resources and services to all residents of the Lac du Flambeau area and encompassing communities in Vilas County. The library is committed to freedom of information to all.
Services available at the library:
Books, newspapers, tribal papers,
Native American book collection
program, other events
By Raymond T. Rivard Special to The Lakeland Times
The heart of a community, in addition to its schools and government center, is the community library.
Lac du Flambeau is no different when it comes to its education centers.
That's why Jeanne Wolfe, the new LdF library director, is excited about her new position at the library and its place in the community.
Wolfe, who has held other positions with the LdF Tribe, took over as director at the library, at 222 Peace Pipe Road, on May 15.
"I was the HR director for the tribe, the compliance officer at the dental clinic ... I have a master's in tribal administration and governance ... and I was looking for a different department ... I was looking for something new," Wolfe said.
Over the past couple of months, the main task has been taking stock of the collection to rid the facility of used books and to start shelving newer books that have never seen the eyes of readers.
"Our library was in danger of being in noncompliance with Northern Waters Library Service," she said. "I came over to fix the problem and now I'm going through all the books ... we have to do that manually because of budget constraints. We're not going to be able to purchase the automated system. We're taking out old books ... and there are a lot of old books. We're also entering about three rooms of new books not put on the shelves in years."
Helping her are Mary Mann and a group of others through the youth employment and summer work program.
Though the task sounds daunting, Wolfe said with all the help, she is hoping to have the project wrapped up by Labor Day.
In addition to culling the collection, Wolfe said a new paint job has also been added to spruce up the building.
According to libraries.org, the most recent statistics show the LdF library collection contains 16,640 volumes. In addition, the library circulates 9,827 items per year and serves a population of 3,453 residents.
Native American resource center
The importance in serving the community and its residents isn't lost on Wolfe, whose goals focus on programs and resources which not only provide everything from books to music to film, but will also feature programming and resources focusing on American Indian culture.
"I ... used the Minocqua Library because of the condition of our library, but now in this position, I know what's involved in the running of a good, informational library. And because of that, I won't have to go to Minocqua anymore," Wolfe said.
"The idea is to get our library up and running to serve the community, and to do that we are focusing on community engagement ... there's been a lot of kids coming to the library ... coming from the youth center, so we're upgrading - making it look better and to have activities planned for the future," Wolfe said. "For instance, we have 'Our Time' for mothers with young children. They have puppets and book readings."
But there's more that will be offered in the near future.
Through the use of grants, Wolfe said the goal is to become a "Native American resource center."
"I came across some really good books. In addition to regular books, there will be an area focused on Native history and information, along with a children's section for programming and watching videos."
"We're looking at grade-level Jeopardy! contests," she added. "We'll have a wide variety of subjects on display, but we will concentrate on cultural information, native language and history, along with the regular school subjects."
With the start of school fast approaching, Wolfe said she is coordinating with school personnel on potential programming and resource availability for the students paying a visit to the library.
"I have talked to Sue Wolf and Doreen at the school and plan on collaborating on activities," she said. "We are planning a collage night where I want the kids to make a collage of where they're at, where they want to go, and what they want to be. It will be age appropriate. We'll help them find and look up resources in order to achieve their collage."
Future improvements at the library will cost money, but Wolfe said she is trying to get ahead of the curve so appropriate programming and materials may be made available for those using the library.
"I sat down with facility manager for projects that we may want to do in the near future at the library," she said.
The library hours at this time are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.
However, plans are in the works to add Saturday hours, hopefully in August, Wolfe said.
"School is right around the corner and that's when the kids have to get back into the 'school and books thing'," she said.
Outside organizations have also approached Wolfe about the possibilities of utilizing the facility.
"I have had people ask about using the library for classes, such as the elderly learning how to use a tablet," she said.
For more information about plans and future programming, call 715-588-7001, or visit www.ldftribe.com.