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Local library gift idea offered
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Holiday visitors to the Soldiers Grove Library experience an expanded and totally renovated space. The children’s section is bright and roomy. Computer users have plenty of space, and more computers means shorter waiting time. And there’s room for the large, freshly cut Christmas tree, brought in from Hillcrest Orchard.

Describing it as “The Little Library that Could,” Library Director Cele Wolf remarks regularly on the generosity of community members, area businesses and friends near and far. Now, along with the library’s board of directors, she is determined to keep the library effective and attractive in the years ahead, despite budget cutbacks. 

One way to achieve that goal is the recently announced patio-paver program, still available during the Christmas season.  The brick pavers, in the book-drop area near the front door, can be reserved for $100 a brick, and can be inscribed with the names of individuals, families, businesses, and commemorations of all kinds. One sample brick has been laid in the patio area.

Bricks are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Orders made before the end of January 2014 will be filled in the spring of 2014. Any remaining bricks will be available for engraving and placement in the fall of 2014.

“This may be the perfect Christmas gift,” Wolf said, “a way of honoring family members or special friends. Proceeds will go to the library’s ongoing maintenance and expenses.”

Information and forms for reserving bricks are available in the library and anyone with questions can contact the library at 608-624-5815 or