Bend Community Memorial Library
We will provide the resources for our patrons to
grow personally, educationally, and professionally.
Adopted by the WBCML Board
in February, 2011.
Click here to view the library's board members
Beginning with 730 books in a small room
over the old horse stable of the City fire station in 1899, the West
Bend Library is now located in the City cultural district adjoining the
historical and art museums. A major expansion
to more than 60,000 square feet on two floors, was completed in 99-2000,
offering greatly enhanced:
Services, Resources and Programs
Reference service. Available to all
patrons in person, by telephone and online.
Interlibrary Loan Service. The West
Bend Library does not own all available materials. But we may
be able to borrow items from another library in the state or beyond.
Two photocopiers for public use are available,
one on each floor.
Internet training in small group classes is
available. Classes are offered throughout the year, you need only
register in advance.
A public bulletin board is located near the
lobby for notice of non-profit community activities.
Quiet study rooms are available during all
open hours on the second floor. Reservations are not necessary.
Clubs or groups of 8 to 40 may reserve public
meeting rooms. A deposit is required and groups are limited to four
meetings a calendar year, to assure greater availability to all community
Books and Magazines. The West Bend Library
owns over 150,000 books and subscribes to more than 300 periodicals. We
purchase multiple copies of the newest fiction and non-fiction best sellers
and keep current with recommended and award-winning children’s materials.
We serve as a resource for students of all ages, supplementing curriculum
materials. Our books come in many formats, including hardcover, paperback
and large print.
Audio Visual. The West Bend Library
houses a large fiction and non-fiction books on cassette collection, both
abridged and unabridged. This is a growing collection that is in
high demand by a variety of patrons, including commuters with automobile
tape players, as well as the visually impaired. There is a growing
collection of unabridged books on compact disc. Music compact discs
may be checked out from a collection including classical, rock, popular,
jazz, new age and country. A juvenile compact disc collection is
also available. CD-ROMS for home or office computer use may also
be checked out. The library owns more than 5,000 videos & DVDs in
collections for adult, teen, and juvenile audiences.
Technology. The library offers multiple
computers for public internet access via a high-speed connection.
Patrons need only to sign and comply with the internet use policy of the
library board. Patrons may also use word processing computers and
a range of full text magazine, newspaper and online database computers.
All of the computers have access to printers ( a minimal printing fee may
be charged) and diskettes may be purchased to save data for use outside
the library building.
Staff. The West Bend Library has a staff
of more than 35 people, headed by a Director and Assistant Director.
They, along with several others, have masters degrees in library science
with experience in other public, school and academic libraries. Our paraprofessional
personnel, who have been employed at the library for up to thirty
years, bring to their work a wide variety of education and experience.
The adult and student pages are responsible for retrieving and reshelving
materials. All of these service-oriented people are skilled in connecting
patrons with resources, information, library services and programs.
The Outreach and Homebound Program is funded
in cooperation with the Washington County Library Services Board and with
Hartford Public Library. The Outreach Librarian, with a library aide,
visits assisted living and care centers, as well as individual residences.
Those people who are unable to visit the library because of physical limitations
or special needs, and who live in West Bend, Hartford or rural Washington
County, qualify for the program.
The Outreach Librarian assists in the selection
of materials including books, large print materials, magazines, and books
on cassette or CD, music on cassettes or CDs. Both entertainment and instructional
or informational videos are available to outreach patrons. The library
also owns described videos for the visually impaired.
The Youth Services’s Department offers Story Time
programs for preschool children on a year round basis. There is often
a take home activity or craft related to the theme of the books or season. There is an evening Family Story Time for kids of all ages to attend
with their parent or guardian. Several times during the year guest
presenters join us for Family Story Time, including puppeteers, magicians,
and story singers.
Summer Reading Programs for preschoolers,
and school-aged children are planned and provided in conjunction with a
statewide program and theme. Weekly activities are offered to encourage
participation and completion of The Read –To-Me program and individual
reading program. Achievement certificates are awarded at a final
In addition to children's programs, the West Bend
Library offers programs and book clubs for our Young Adult patrons.
West Bend Library is the SYSTEM RESOURCE
LIBRARY for the 27 public library members of the Mid-Wisconsin
Federated Library System. As resource library we provide materials,
information and interlibrary loan services to Washington, Dodge, and Jefferson
West Bend Library is also the RESOURCE
LIBRARY for WASHINGTON COUNTY, coordinating the services offered by the
five public libraries in the county, serving more than 115,000 residents
throughout the county.
The catalog is now Share! We grew from the Wave, Launch,
Bridges, and Waccool consortia to our current size: 53 public libraries, school
libraries, and public library systems. We cover Dodge, Jefferson, Racine,
Walworth, and Washington counties in southeastern Wisconsin.
Our combined collection is now over 2.5 million items. We invite you to visit a
Share library and experience the consortium yourself.
February 23, 2011
West Bend Community Memorial
630 Poplar Street - West Bend Wisconsin 53095 - 262.335.5151