Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Answers to Your Comments
from, Library Director
January- 2016

The Food for Fines program is great but you should consider dental items.
Thank you for your suggestion.  Dental items such as toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash are certainly on the list of items that can be included.   We are happy to be part of this community service, a win-win for all.   Thank you for thinking of it too!

I think you should have an art contest for all ages.
We recently had a crazy crafts contest for all ages and I hope you were able to attend.  We have some of the creative works displayed around the library.  The library also frequently exhibits artwork from various organizations throughout the community, including the Sun Prairie School District.  Because of space, we have to spread these art exhibits throughout the year so be on the lookout!

I think that the library needs a cat!
We have many animal lovers among our staff and patrons.  However, due to the time and resources it takes to care for a cat, we aren’t able to accommodate pets such as cats.  We are lucky to have the support of our Friends of the Sun Prairie Public Library who maintain our aquarium in the Youth Services Section.  The aquarium draws a lot of attention and we couldn’t do it without the support of our Friends.  Thanks for your suggestion – we’ll put it on a wishlist!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Ambassador Tom Loftus Exhibit

Don't miss a special exhibit of the memorabilia of Sun Prairie luminary Tom Loftus currently on view in the Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum's display cases.  From his beginnings in Sun Prairie, Tom Loftus went on to become the Ambassador to Norway from 1993 to 1998, and served as Special Advisor to the director of the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2005.  He was a Democratic member of the Wisconsin Legislature representing Sun Prairie from 1977 to 1991, serving as Speaker of the Assembly for eight years.  He also served as a member of the UW Board of Regents from from 2006 to 2011.  

This exhibit is a collaborative effort involving Tom Loftus, Alec Loftus, the Loftus family, Sue Meyer, The Sun Prairie High School History Club and its advisor, Steve Braatz, Donna Davis, Sue Stowell, Peter Klein, Jordan Stiefel, Bryan Aughey, Evan Kaminski, Taylor and Olivia Oehrlein, Weston Weisensel, Grace Richmond, the Missionary Elders and Missionary Sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Acting Museum Curator, Israel Gonzales.

Ambassador Loftus will be at the library for a special presentation on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. where he will recount his journey from his Sun Prairie roots to the United States Embassy in Norway, while bringing to life his distinguished display.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Announcing OverDrive Listen

You can now borrow audiobooks from Wisconsin's Digital Library and listen to them in your browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser. With OverDrive Listen you can also add bookmarks, take notes, or make highlights.

To get started, borrow an audiobook that's available in the OverDrive Listen format from Wisconsin's Digital Library.  Then, click or tap the Listen button next to the audiobook on your library Bookshelf to open it in OverDrive Listen. It's that easy!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Ronald Semmann Art Display

During the month of May, local artist Ronald Semmann's art will be on display in our lobby display case.  His artwork is inspired by his interest in southwest Native American culture and includes pottery and baskets also on display.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

On January 1, 2015, Sun Prairie Public Library began offering Flipster, a digital magazine subscription service from EBSCO Information Services, to our patrons. Flipster provides easy access to digital magazines for online browsing via a computer desktop or any mobile device. Patrons can access the content on library computers or remotely at home, adding 24-hour access to titles in the library's subscription. A download app for offline magazine reading is available for iPad users, with another currently in development for Android devices.

Readers can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals, and zoom in and out for better readability. 

Current magazine list:

Car & Driver
Cooking Light
Country Living
Entertainment Weekly
Food Network Magazine
Good Housekeeping
House Beautiful
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Men's Health
O, The Oprah Magazine
Popular Mechanics
Ranger Rick Jr.
Real Simple
Rolling Stone
Runner's World
Sports Illustrated
Us Weekly
Vegetarian Times
Woman's Day
Women's Health

To access Flipster, go to  Click on the Databases tab, then click on the Flipster link.