About Us

Patterson Memorial Library is the Heart of our Community!

The library began as a few bookshelves in the Village Hall on Main St.  Miss Anna Hoaglund was the first Librarian, and she was the librarian until Ruth Clarke took over in 1954.  The library was still in the Village Hall until Katharine Patterson passed away, leaving $10,000 to the Village of Wild Rose to build a library.  A spot was found, 1 block over on the point where Wisconsin Avenue and Division St. meet - the point later became named Clarke Park, after Ruth the librarian, who also tended the rose garden there. On August 11, 1957 There was a grand ceremony to welcome the little library building into the world!

Ruth Served as Library Diretor for 25 years, from 1954 until 1980, when Linda Steffen took over.  Linda saw the need to expand the little library and embarked upon a building expansion campaign - one of two she would be in charge of!  Funds were raised, and the middle of the present building, the first edition was added on in 1985, doubling the space in the library.  After only a few years, it became apparent that more room was needed and Linda set about the difficult task of convincing, fundraising and once again, getting the job done, this time securing a blck grant which added the Community Center, kitchen, and restrooms.  The former entrance was changed and the restrooms there were converted, one to a Director's office, and one for use as the staff bathroom (the ladies room). In 2005 the project was finished and in 2006 the new library/community center was christened.

Linda served as Library Director for 32 years, from 1980 to 2012, when Kent Barnard, the fourth Library Director was hired. (Fun Fact:  Kent was born 8 days after the little library was dedicated in August , 1957!)

Our Staff is here for you!  Our Library Clerks are:

Caryn Ruetten

Rena Hurst

Helen Cox

Our Director is Kent Barnard, MLIS

You can reach us at 920-622-3835, or by email:  staff@wildroselibrary.org or director@wildroselibrary.org

Everyone is welcomed at the library!

You can reach any or all of us at 920-622--3835

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Donating

The Patterson Memorial Library was established and continues to exist in great part through the generous donations of our patrons and benefactors.  Donations are one of the ways we are able to stay fine-free!  Donations also fund our Summer Reading Program and Card Creators, STEAM Projects, Cake Pans, and other programs at the library!

Many Ways to Donate:

Memorial Gift Bricks:   Purchase a brick to remember a loved one or simply as a way to support the library. Levels are $100, $250,  $500 and $1,000.  Please ask the Director for details or to place an order.

You may also donate to the library for a specific purpose, such as to purchase specific materials like books or books on cd, or sponsor one of our many programs.

Leave a bequest in your will to the library and its continued operation, enhancement and enrichment in the community as a community center.  Your financial advisor will help set this up for you!

One of our favorite ways to donate or leave a bequest is with the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, a non-profit organization serving the communities of Central Wisconsin in the name of the Patterson Memorial Library.

Corporations wishing to donate are encouraged to contact our Director, Kent Barnard

Last but not least - there is a guilt and donation jar at the circulation desk - feel free to drop a little something in next time you're in!

We are dedicated to serving you, our stakeholders in the Village of Wild Rose and neighboring communities.  It is by your generous donations we are able to operate our library for you without fines!  Thank you so much for supporting your library and literacy!

Contact Us:

Director:  Kent A. Barnard, MLIS

email: barnard@wildroselibrary.org

snail mail:  Patterson Memorial Library
                   500 Division Street,
                   Wild Rose, WI  54984

Telephone: 920.622.3835

Hours

Sunday Closed
Monday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday   9:00am - 1:00pm