Friday, June 3, 2016

Answers to Your Comments
from, Svetha Hetzler, Library Director
June 3, 2016

I noticed a copy of the Plan of Service 2015 - 2018 and picked that up recently.  Since the Mission is to "… serve the community as an activity center …", I really would hope that being open seven days a week year round would become part of the plan.  For some, Sunday may be the only day they can get to the library - due to work demands.  For others, it may be a time the family can make a trip to the library, together.  And for others, the ability to access a computer may be their lifeline - for a job search, to stay connected, whatever.

I really believe the time has come.  I LOVE the Sun Prairie Public Library (as do many others) and it would be great to have it available year round.  [I'm not advocating giving up standard holidays or anything, just mainly having the library open on Sundays throughout the year.]

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments our Plan of Service and how to better serve our residents.  I agree with you.  The library serves the entire community as an activity center and a place for life-long learning.  It is also apparent that schedules and access among our residents varies greatly.

The library will be working on a strategic plan which will coincide with the city's financial management plan.  An increase in hours of operation is certainly something we will be considering.  Increasing service and service hours has a financial impact as more hours of business requires an increase in utilities, maintenance, and most importantly, staffing.  Most likely sometime in the late fall and early next year, the Strategic Planning Committee will be looking for input from residents through surveys, focus groups, and other formal and informal means.  Please look for the opportunity to participate – community input will be essential to our future plans!

Again, thank you for your support and interest.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Answers to Your Comments

Answers to Your Comments
from, Svetha Hetzler, Library Director
May 3, 2016

If possible, I think the receipts with due dates given at check-out should be optional. I always toss them out and it seems like a waste of paper.
Thank you for your suggestion.  This is something staff would also like to consider.  We currently have two self-check-out stations that need to be upgraded to be in compliance with newer hardware and software systems.  Once these are in place, we may be able to move forward with the optional receipt print out.

My idea was granted some time ago.  I’m still grateful for the 2nd copy of the WI State Journal in the reading room.
I’m glad we were able to make a positive difference and enhance your library experience!  It’s great to see so many residents use our resources and space – thank you for your support!

Having use of the conference room is great.  In Room 1, the two Georgia O’Keefe prints are nice.  They might stand out more effectively with some complimentary color schemes around them.
I’m glad to know that you appreciate the various spaces in the library that all our residents are able to use.  The library is always looking at ways to update our space with more welcoming furnishings and aesthetics.  The discussion rooms are on the list of spaces to update and we will take note your great suggestions.

Love “the Buzz” – so interesting to read books by authors other than my “norm”.
We love connecting readers with books and I’m so glad that you have found that the library is a place to discover new authors and genres!  Feel free to share your favorites with us!

Monday, April 25, 2016

"Musical Imagery" Art Display and Concert

A special art exhibit of works created by Creekside School second graders, Vera Court Neighborhood Center students and Colonial Club art students in conjunction with the Sun Prairie Community Band concert “Musical Imagery” on Sunday, May 1 in the Community Room is on display throughout the library. Creekside School students were inspired by the music of An American in Paris by George Gershwin to create abstract drawings with black oil pastels.  Vera Court Neighborhood Center students listened to When the Spring Rain Begins to Fall by Randal D. Standridge, Agua’s Whelm by Cory McBride, Thunder & Lightning Polka by Johann Strauss, and Panormic by George Sweet.  Colonial Club students used a variety of techniques to create artwork inspired by the above musical pieces and La Fiesta Mexicana by Owen Reed.

Sun Prairie Community Band spring concert “Musical Imagery”
2 p.m. Sunday, May 1 in the Community Room
Sherry Jenkel, Conductor
Free Admission

Monday, April 4, 2016

Answers to Your Comments and Suggestions
From Svetha Hetzler, Library Director
March 2016

This library is loaded with creative ideas and great selection of books.  I came here to visit because it was rumored it was “interesting”.  I’m very impressed with everything!
Wow!  That is great to hear and I’m so glad the library has exceeded your expectations.  As the Library Director, I have observed and witnessed the exemplary work of the library staff which makes our library such a fantastic resource.  Their dedication, knowledge, and skill makes me very proud to be part of the organization!

Please put a table by the copier near the Renk Room.  That would be very helpful.
Thank you for your suggestion.  That’s a great idea and we will take a look at the space and see what we can fit.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Answers to Your Comments & Suggestions

From Svetha Hetzler, Library Director

February 2016 


We have an excellent library system! We use it all the time.  What a blessing!  Keep up the good work!

Thank you for your appreciation!  The Sun Prairie Public Library is part of the South Central Library System and the library is one of the area leaders in library services.  I am very proud to be part of the organization.  We certainly couldn’t do what we do without the fantastic staff we have.  The level of courteous service and professionalism is superb!


A few suggestions for books came in this month.  The suggestions were forwarded to the appropriate selectors.  Feel free to also check in with a librarian.  Often recommendations are available at our library, currently checked out and available at another location, or on order, but we can always look into it.  Thank you for your recommendations.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Note from Library Director

Many of you that are reading this knew Pearl Mosier for much longer than I but I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to work with her.  It was an honor to know her and I have been so impressed by her wonderful family.  She loved and cared for her library and community so deeply and I will miss her.

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!