Open to all ALS member public and school library staff working with youth.
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.- 2020 iREAD summer reading theme: Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover! Get ready for an interactive session with lots of idea sharing! Your contributions are eagerly encouraged:
One book (any age) that you would recommend for the Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover! theme.
One craft/activity idea that fits with the theme -- feel free to bring copies of instructions for the group or send ahead of time and I can print for you.
One passive program idea (any age) that fits with the theme.
12:30-1:15 p.m. - A Passive Program & Pizza lunch. The pizza lunch order is $8; if you want to participate, please note this on your registration form.
1:15-3:30 p.m. - We will discuss topics submitted by you and ALS staff. A call for agenda items will be sent out three weeks before the meeting date and a formal agenda will be crafted and sent out a week in advance.
Local city opens state-of-the-art community center
By Denton Postlewait
ARCADIA, Wis. (WEAU) Between La Crosse and Eau Claire, one small city just opened a major community center.
The Wanek Center in Arcadia broke ground in the Fall of 2018. The project, which started as a plan to build a gymnasium for the new middle school, turned into something bigger. According to Arcadia District Administrator, Lance Bagstad, the Wanek Center is breath-taking.
“When you walk in the front door, you're in awe, walk into the public library, you're in awe,” he said. “Walk into the fitness centers, same thing.” He said it is not something you usually see in a small community. “This facility is state of the art, it's a premier facility," Bagstad said. "It's like none-other, especially in a community the size of 3,000 people in Arcadia."
Paul Servais is the Arcadia School Board President. He said he couldn’t believe how the project turned out. “I haven't had a chance to walk into the front door until today and I was like, ‘oh my god, am I in Arcadia,’” he said. “There are universities that would love to have this facility.”
The Arcadia School District held the grand opening of the 72,000-square-foot, $20M Wanek Center after years of planning and 15 months of construction. "We started years ago, building a new middle school and that turned out to be more expensive than we planned and we couldn't put a gymnasium on it, Servais said. "The Wanek family jumped in and said once you get your plans in place, we can talk about this and we can help."
The Wanek Center will host Arcadia High School athletic event. It also has a fitness center, locker rooms, golf simulator, batting cages and much more. “We are looking to hold as many WIA Regional and Sectional games as we possibly can,” Bagstad said. But he said it is much more than just a gymnasium.
“The Wanek Center is going to be a gathering place for generations to come and a place for health and fitness and the imagination to go wild in the public library,” Bagstad said.
For the center's namesake, Ron and Joyce Wanek, they are incredibly proud of the way the building turned out. “The community decided to name it the Wanek center, Ron said. “We're honored that they did that and we are greatly proud of that. We build buildings all over the world, 50 countries; the value the community got in this is absolutely outstanding.” Without the Wanek's generosity, Bagstad said this project would not have been completed.
“They have done so much for this community. Tens of millions of dollars over the years for things like memorial park, upgrades throughout the city and then obviously this Wanek Center today,” he said. “It's people like that that engage in philanthropy that change the trajectory of a community and people's lives and really create opportunities for people that really wouldn't exist.”
The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation recognizes U.S. libraries and librarians who create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers.
One $10,000 cash award given annually to a library in the U.S. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year. In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books. This award is given out on an annual basis.