Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Memorial Display at the Library

The Whitewood Public Library wants to remind people the true meaning of Memorial Day. So, the director and volunteer, Lee Grimes, have turned a display case into a temporary museum. 

The director of the library, Rea Weyrich, had put out a call for interesting collections to be temporarily showcased in the three display options the library has. Grimes stepped forward with some outstanding and well-rounded collections of uniforms that include complete stories to back them up.  One story includes a picture of three female fighter pilots who assisted a U.S. fighter pilot in getting refueled with 5 gallon fuel cans.

 “I want our patrons to feel gratitude for the military soldiers who have filled these uniforms and the great sacrifice that they and their families have made through the years, and just celebrate their lives, Weyrich added. 

A military canteen that was unearthed by, Steve Ellis, using a metal detector, near where Crook City existed is also on display.

There is also an awareness to the display. Visitors are asked to contribute to the Whitewood Historical Binders by filling out a form and providing a picture of a local soldier.  Currently our first submission is 99 year old, Bud Shaykett, who served and was injured in WWII.  We have added a section in the display to Shaykett as well.


Friday, January 15, 2021

70th Anniversary Year


Seventy years ago, in 1951, five residents thought Whitewood needed a library and set about to make it happen. They gathered donated books to fill the living room of the Wendt house on Meade Street and volunteer as librarians. 

 By 1973, the city council recognized their efforts and purchased a trailer, parked it on Meade Street to set up the first library ‘building.’ The ladies cleaned up the trailer, moved the books and again volunteered their time. 


There would be two more moves, one to Grimsbo Hall (now the Senior Center) in 1964 and next to the vacated Fire Station (now City Hall) in 1977. 

During this time, more volunteers stepped forward to serve on the Whitewood Public Library Governing Board. This Board saved $70.000 over 25 years so a new building could be built in Memorial Park. In 1996, the Governing Board and volunteers moved books and furniture into the building the library occupies today. The vision of all the people that gave of their time and energy to make sure Whitewood had a library deserves celebrating. Look forward this year as we celebrate each month with a look back.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Book Walk - 10 June

Little Blue Truck
 Leads the Way

Zooom! Wooeeee . . . !
 "Make way!" 

The big city sure is a speedy, noisy place for a country truck like Blue. Everywhere Blue looks, he sees buses, police cars, taxis, vans, a street sweeper, and even the mayor’s limousine. With everyone pushing to be first, soon there’s a giant traffic jam! But even a wrangle-tangle is no match for Little Blue Truck, who comes to the rescue in true Blue style.
Brimming with bright colors, sounds, and city energy, this adventure makes working together and taking turns more fun than ever.
Take a PICTURE of your family along the BookWalk and submit to the Whitewood Library Facebook page.

Friday, June 5, 2020

After the Book Walk

So Many Clouds!

Children had the opportunity to take a packet of items home that include crafts, science experiments and a newsletter. We had great response.


June 17 - I Spy with Elmo in the Library window
June 24 - Scavenger Hunt Oak Park
July 1 - My Five Senses Book Walk along Laurel St.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

What is going on behind closed doors.

Wow! This world situation has been going on longer than I had expected. What is going on behind closed doors.   Actually we are here working so our doors are semi closed.  Patrons are knocking and calling for the services we provide and we are happy to comply. 

When the library first shut down we concentrated on cleaning and straightening.   A little more time passed .... we focused on general housekeeping of books on the shelves. Weeding books is a necessary evil in the library world.  We have really had time to inspect and evaluate the condition and use of items on our shelves.

We had a blessing twice with the books we weeded and the homes we found for them.   Millie Humphrey, my old neighbor and very good Whitewood Library patron, was the inspiration to donate the Large Print materials to nursing homes.  Hers and other nursing homes in Sturgis were more that happy to accept new reading materials for their residents during their quarantine.

Recently I attended Summer Reading Program Training at the Sturgis Library.  At the training the Newell School Librarian and I had a conversation about budget and books.  She offered to give our juvenile and young adult books a new home.

Our next step is double check the cataloging information for the books on our shelves.  The Lead library has been doing this also.  The Director, Cyndie Harlan, has shared her process with us.  Each Book on the Shelf will be pulled and checked for correctness in our cataloging system.

Rea Weyrich
Whitewood Public Library