The mission of the Larsen Family Public Library is to provide quality materials and services which fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike."
"Better Libraries Build Better Communities"
Larsen Family Public Library
Location: 7401 W. Main Street • Webster, WI 54893
Library Board Trustees
Laura Rachford, President
Tim Maloney, Webster Village Board Representative
Diane Lund, County Representative and Siren Representative
Liz Simonsen, Treasurer and County Representative
Patty Blatt, Webster Representative
Sherill Summer, Secretary & Representative-at-Large
Buzz Byrne, Vice-President & County Board Representative
Kari Roppe, Webster School Representative
You may obtain a copy of the Bylaws of the Library Trustees from the Library Director.
The Larsen Family Public Library clearly began as a true community effort. In July 1989, Gary Solfield, retired Minneapolis firefighter now living in the area, recognized the need for a local library in the Siren/Webster area. At the same time, Glenna Hauger and Jean Schmidt, Siren residents, were discussing the need for an area library. Solfield placed an article in the Inter-County Leader asking for others interested in such a project to contact him. Soon Solfield and J.J. Hauger met, others joined them, and the Friends of the Burnett Community Library was established. In February of 1990, Charlie Tollander, member of the Burnett County Board, announced that funding was available for county library planning. Working with Northern Waters Library Service, funds were obtained, and in June of 1990 the County Board appointed a committee to use the $2400 in state funds to determine the feasibility of a library. Appointed to the committee were Gary Solfield, Jean Schmidt, George Benson, Mary Poretti, Wayne Hansen, Marjorie Olson, Beatrice Olson, Mary Ann Erickson, and Maude Dahlberg. They conducted a county-wide survey that determined a high level of interest and support for a library in this area.
Library Strategic Plan
Larsen Family Public Library
Long Range Plan 2009-2012
The mission of the Larsen Family Public Library is to provide quality materials and services, which fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike.
Early Foundations of Literacy and Language: The library encourages young children to develop an interest in reading and learning through services for children, and for parents and children together. The library board and director will continue to look for better ways to enrich the learning experience for our youngest library patrons.
Current Titles and Topics: Popular Materials Library: The library features current, high demand, high interest materials in a variety of formats for persons of all ages, including reader’s advisory services.
Information Literacy: Teaching the public skills needed to find, evaluate and use information resources effectively.
Lifelong Learning: Encourage people of all ages toward self-directed personal growth and development opportunities. The library will continue to give individual one-on-one instruction for the seniors in regards to Internet and on-line catalog searches. Providing an adequate amount of materials for the senior community will be an ongoing activity.
Business Employment and Consumer Information: Whether an individual is looking to change careers at an advanced age, concerned about an unstable current job situation, or just out of school and trying to find a place to start, the library plays a valuable role in helping people find employment.
The Larsen Family Public Library Public Relations Goals:
To promote a good understanding of the library's objectives and services by governing officials, by civic leaders, and by the general public.
To promote active participation in the varied services offered by the library to people of all ages.
The Larson Family Public Library recognizes that public relations involve(s) every person who has connection with the library. The Board urges its own members, staff members and volunteers to realize that they represent the library in public contacts. Good service supports good public relations.
The director will be expected to make presentations and to participate in community activities to promote library services. A reasonable amount of library time will be allowed for preparation and speaking. Materials to be used by press, radio, or television will be approved by the director.