Muskego Public Library has grown in 45 years from a single shelf of books to more than 100,000 volumes, and occupies a spacious building on Janesville Road. The library serves 25,000 people in the area and is a member of the county library system and CAFé, the 14-library consortium that offers an online catalog, with many services, such as reserves and renewals, available from your keyboard. E-mail notification of holds and overdue items saves you valuable time and alleviates fines. Other Muskego Public Library services include:
Programs: “Lapsitters” for three-year-olds, “Pre School Pals” story hour for preschoolers and reading groups for pre-teens, teens and adults. Ask about “Ravenous Readers,” “Bookworms,” “Civil War Book Group,” “Murder by the Book” and special author visits and events, including Murder and Mayhem in Muskego, a day-long November celebration of the mystery genre, including many of your favorite authors in person! See www.murderandmayheminmuskego.com or call (262) 971-2101 for details.
Public computers: Thirty high-speed, Internet-accessible PCs are available with programs such as Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint and more.
Computer classes: Beginners of all ages will appreciate these free, non-threatening classes. Sessions are taught throughout the year and fill quickly. Please call for information and to register: (262) 971-2101.
BadgerLink and the WCFLS shared databases: See www.badgerlink.net, an online catalog that includes holdings from public, university, specialized and school libraries; also full-text access to newspapers, periodicals and journals and specialized sources, such as Morningstar. Try www.wcfls.lib.wi.us/links/links.htm or ask at the information desk.
E-Books online: Sign up for a free www.netlibrary.com account. Once you’ve established it, you can use you can use your electronic device and gain access to thousands of electronic books.
Audiobooks online: From the library’s webpage, click on “Overdrive.”
Library Webpage: See www.ci.muskego.wi.us/library Also, try “Novelist,” an electronic readers’ advisor.
Chapter-a-Day: From the library’s website, sign up to receive a daily chapter of a new book – just enough to whet your appetite to read the whole thing.
Book Page: Free monthly publication highlights, new books and their authors. Look too for the displays and “staff picks,” which showcase items from the collection.
Friends of the Library: Supports library activities with financial and volunteer donations. They host the annual wine tasting, sponsor programming for children, provide “Chapter-a-Day” and the Book Page as well as many other amenities. Be a Friend and join us on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the library.