Turning the Page: An update with the Portage County Library
By Taylor J. Hale
PORTAGE COUNTY – County Public Library Director Larry Oathout sat down with Gazette staff to give an update on area libraries. With branches in Stevens Point, Plover, Almond and Rosholt, residents are never far from a local multi-media hotspot.
Planning for 40th anniversary events
Library staff members are opening discussions on possible events to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Portage County Library System.
“In September of 1981, the county board voted to take over the libraries. It was to take effect on Jan. 1 of 1982, which makes Jan. 1 of 2022 the 40th anniversary,” Oathout explained. “We want to celebrate that, so we are starting to talk about what we want to do.”
Though the celebrations are two years away, Oathout noted that each branch could potentially have a historical exhibit with accompanying special events.
“We may have two years, but it goes by fast,” Oathout said. Library board members are currently discussing ideas for the 40th anniversary celebrations.
Library to offer 2020 Census support
The Stevens Point Library will offer county residents help with their 2020 Census surveys.
Oathout noted that 2020 is the first year that residents can go online to complete their Census reports, and that library staff would be working with the League of Women Voters to help guide residents through the new process.
“Since it’s going online, there will be people not used to the switch,” Oathout explained. “Whether you’re a kid in college or a single person, it’s a big deal, and we want to help people participate.”
Oathout said that the League of Women Voters would begin to offer information and direct support starting in mid-March. All residents can also send 2020 Census responses via mail or phone.
Marching into March events
On March 21, families are welcome to sing their hearts out at the Marvelous Music Story Time in the Pinery Room. The event gives children a chance to sing, dance and explore their musical abilities, starting at 10:30 a.m.
On March 27, students in grades 6-12 can test their sleuthing skills at the Teen Late Night: It’s a Mystery event, where participants will unravel an evening of intrigue and surprise in the Pinery Room in Stevens Point. The event runs 6- 9 p.m.
For more information on Portage County Library Events, visit: https://www.pocolibrary.org/calendar/month.