A Message from the Library Board President
Thank you for your interest in the new library for Cadott!
I am Cookie Kaste, current president of the Cadott Community Library Board of Trustees. I hope you share my excitement as we finally transform the dream of a new library into a reality. This page will be used to share information about committee meetings, projected timelines, photo updates, and fundraising opportunities. Today I’d like to provide some history of the building project.
As many of you know, our library has needed either major renovations or a replacement building for many years. With stairs leading both up and down upon entry, and restrooms downstairs, the existing structure is not ADA compliant. There isn’t enough space for programs, children’s story hour, tutoring, private work rooms, or for community groups to gather. The former Citizens State Bank building certainly is a valued community historical site, but it cannot offer the energy efficiency, updated technology, accessibility, safety features, and adaptability that a new building affords.
Former librarians and board members have been working toward a new library building since 2008. John Thompson, Director of our IFLS Library System, completed a Needs Assessment in 2011, from which we learned that the current building was lacking in several areas even at that time. Board members then identified several possible locations, including the Village-owned lot near the dam and the highway 27 corner lot that is currently our chosen location.
With the turn-over of Library Directors, momentum slowed. In late 2019 we again scheduled public listening sessions at Rick’s Half Way and at the Elementary School. We met with Cory Scheidler from Cedar Corporation (architecture firm) and with John Thompson to again do a feasibility study of both vacant lots and possible tear-down of buildings on desirable lots. Then came COVID. Meetings continued, but often virtually with links provided for public participation. After lengthy investigation and discussion, the Board of Trustees decided the best location was next to the Historical Society.
In August of 2021, the Village Board gave the Library Board permission to build on the Highway 27 corner lot (owned by the Village), on condition of satisfactory geological findings. The Village will not provide additional funding for the building project, but there is a possibility of applying for a block grant in 2024.
A meeting was held with representatives of the School District, Village Board, Cedar Corporation, John Thompson, and Library Board officers to discuss issues of traffic flow, busing, and child safety with a library at this corner location. Consensus of the group: after-school traffic/student safety concerns can be alleviated by school protocols and proper driveway, sidewalk and landscape design.
Members of the Building Committee, along with Capital Campaign and Community Awareness subcommittees, were recruited. Joint committee meetings began in October of 2021, with meetings at 4:30 on the second Thursday of each month, at the Elementary School Library. All meetings are publicized in advance, available virtually, and community members are welcome. (Time and location may change once the school year ends.)
This is an exciting time for our community, and I am thankful for dedicated members who have already volunteered their time and pledged financial support to make a new library happen. Please check back often as I will continue to post information and updates.
New Building FAQ
Our Building FAQ is available on PDF. Note that the Index is clickable to take you directly to the question you want the answers to first! This FAQ will be updated as the project continues.
If you have additional questions, they may be directed to the Library Director via phone (715-289-4950) or by e-mail email@example.com
Click Here For Building FAQ
(Updated: May 13, 2022)
Building Committee Meetings
Full Committee Meetings will generally be held the 2nd Thursday, each month in the Cadott Elementary Library during the school year. Summer Meetings are TBA.
While a quorum of the library board may be present at Committee Meetings, no other library business is to be discussed or voted upon.
Regular Library Board Meetings are held 2nd Monday at 4:30 PM, at the Library or virtually.
Individuals who wish to attend the meeting can join Virtually. The library is utilizing Microsoft Teams for virtual meeting space, which may require you to download a desktop software or use Microsoft Edge as your browser. Please test your connection ahead of time.
See more on the Library Board page.
All meetings ARE open to the public, unless a noted closed session is in effect, per state law.
Note: Recaps of Building Committee minutes are also part of regular Library Board Minutes, which can be found here. Building Committee Meetings are open to the public and can be joined virtually.
Capital Campaign Subcommittee
Awareness Campaign Subcommittee
Note: Minutes are recapped at monthly Library Board meetings. They are not formally approved by the Library Board. All actions involving funds must be approved by a quorum of the library board, at a regular meeting.
Pre-Committee Meetings (August 2021-December 2021)
Capital Campaign Subcomittee Minutes:
Awarness Campaign Subcommittee Minutes:
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Cadott Community Library
331 N Main St
Cadott, WI 54727