Cards for Heroes – Monday, November 23 through Saturday, December 19

xmascardsStop by the library to sign a holiday card for veterans and their families! In conjunction with the American Legion, the library will have a table set up on the first floor. Members of the American Legion will also be here periodically during this time. Cards will be distributed within Washington County to veterans and their families. Any extra cards will be taken to Woods Veteran Hospital in Milwaukee to be distributed.
Many thanks to Jim Maersch, Tom Landvatter, Max Sommerfeld, and everyone else whose support makes Cards for Heroes possible!

National Novel Writing Month

Calling all aspiring novelists! November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. Each year, NaNoWriMo serves as a personal challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. We provide the structure and the deadline, you provide the words! Hundreds of local chapters around the world form a vibrant community of support, and meet throughout the month to wordsmith together. Come join the many thousands of other novelists of all ages writing across the globe! Sign up at today, then visit us for writing support at the library!


Santa Storytime

santa storytime 2015

Free Digital Magazines with OverDrive


The West Bend Library has expanded its digital collection with the addition of OverDrive periodicals. This new service features 87 popular digital magazines – including ESPN the Magazine, Fine Cooking, Taste of Home, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Yoga Journal, and many more!

OverDrive is the same digital library website where you can currently borrow eBooks, digital audiobooks and streaming video. Just log in to OverDrive using your valid library card number and PIN to browse and read titles in this new collection. The digital magazines do require a NOOK tablet device, or the free NOOK Reading App available for smartphones and tablets.

Zinio, another provider of digital magazines, will continue to be available to library patrons until the end of January 2016. Please call the reference desk at 335-5152 for questions.

TRIO UPDATE: Saying Goodbye to Jefferson County

goodbyeThe time has come. As of August 29, 2015, we will no longer be able to place holds on items owned by Jefferson County libraries. That means all of the great materials we would get from places like Fort Atkinson, Watertown, Lake Mills, and Jefferson will not be available.

They have been great partners with us since 2007, allowing us access to a rich collection of non-fiction books, graphic novels, and movies that most other libraries do not have. Jefferson County will be joining Waukesha County in a new library system (name to be determined). We will continue to work with Dodge County in the trio catalog.