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The Scandinavia Public Library has recently acquired a beautiful, new circulation desk suite. As a result, our old desk and a shelving unit are now looking for new homes. If you are interested in having one of these pieces of Scandinavia Library history in your own home, please speak with Sue at the library, or call the library at 715-467-4636, or email us at


  • Asking $50
  • 70" wide x 36" deep x 29" height
  • Metal body
  • Metal desktop with laminate surface
  • 3 drawers:
    • Center drawer: 31" wide x 19" deep x 2" height
    • Top left drawer: 12-1/2" wide x 27" deep x 4-1/2" height
    • Bottom left drawer: 12-1/2" wide x 25" deep x 9" height
  • Desktop overhangs the desk body by 6" on the front
  • Minimal wear
  • Note: The words seen on the front body of the desk peel off and can be removed before purchase. Ditto for the magnets seen on the bottom drawer.
  • If you don't need a desk, this would make a great crafting bench!

Shelving Unit

  • Asking $25
  • 48" wide x 24" deep x 40-1/2" height
  • Laminate covered, particle board construction
  • The unit has solid, fixed dividers from front to back and side to side, dividing it into equal quarters
  • 10 adjustible shelves, plus the bottom, fixed surface/shelf
  • Metal shelf supports lock into position
  • This unit rolls on 4 metal casters: 2 fixed, 2 rotating
  • This unit shows a fair amount of wear, but is still very sturdy.
  • This shelf can be adjusted for many purposes, but would be ideal for crafting supplies!

The buyer(s) is/are responsible for moving the desk and/or shelves from the library. Offers will be considered in the order that they are received.

Discuss ‘Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region' at Scandinavia Public Library

Map of western Great LakesScandinavia Public Library is one of the 21 public libraries hosting facilitated discussions regarding the “Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region” MOOC.

MOOCs are unique online learning experiences that allow people from around the globe and Wisconsin to participate in a non-credit learning experience. Participants sign up for free online and watch videos, participate in discussion forums, read articles and often take quizzes or complete educational activities. They can participate in a MOOC no matter where they are located, as long as they have an internet connection.

Participants in the Scandinavia area will engage in the online content independently and then attend a facilitated discussion of the course material at the library. The four week course consists of one to three hours of work per week. “The weekly discussions of course material at the library will add face-to-face interaction to the online course content. This is an exciting way to practice the Wisconsin Idea, in which UW-Madison improves lives throughout the state, not just in the traditional classroom,” declared Scandinavia Public Library director, Sue Vater Olsen. Participants may use public computers at the library to access the online portions of the MOOC.

The “Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region” coursework will be started on February 23. The discussion of that week's content will take place on Thursday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m. at Scandinavia Public Library. Discussions for the following three weeks of coursework will be the next three Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. (March 5, March 12, and March 19).

WiLS is providing coordination between UW-Madison and the 21 public library partners for the MOOC. A nonprofit membership organization that facilitates collaborative projects to advance library service, primarily in the state of Wisconsin, WiLS is “excited to help facilitate this project that will explore the role of public libraries in distance education and the impact that their role may have on participation and learning,” said WiLS Director Stefanie Morrill.

Participants who take the MOOC will learn about the four seasons through short lectures and activities covering Great Lakes weather, observed changes in the climate and societal impacts of climate change.

Taught by Steve Ackerman, UW professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), and Margaret Mooney, CIMSS’ director of education and public outreach, the MOOC will also incorporate information from NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Weather-Ready Nation initiative as well as findings from the recent National Climate Assessment and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI).

The MOOC is particularly unique in its focus on Wisconsin audiences, who will have the opportunity to learn more about how the mid-latitude location of the Great Lakes region and the influence of five massive and stunning freshwater lakes combine to create exhilarating weather systems each season.

The MOOC also provides an opportunity for Mooney and Ackerman to share their passion and work with a wider audience across Wisconsin. “The thought of not only sharing our research and the things we know about our broader community, but also hearing about their weather stories and learning from their experiences, I just find really exciting,” said Ackerman.

“The libraries are so looking forward to hosting discussions on this important topic and are appreciative of having the expertise of UW-Madison brought to their libraries," commented Morrill.

In 2015-16 UW-Madison is offering six MOOCs on topics ranging from Shakespeare’s dramas and the digital humanities, to Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, to the relationship between climate change policy and public health. Themes of human choices and challenges, sustainability and the environment will connect the six courses.

UW-Madison MOOC efforts are supported by Educational Innovation (EI), an initiative of the provost’s office that aims to transform teaching, learning and engagement to inspire students and empower communities.

To sign up for a UW-Madison MOOC or to learn more about MOOCs, visit

For more information about WiLS, visit

For more information about the facilitated discussions or how to get started, contact the Scandinavia Public Library at 715-467-4636 or

Calling Young Poets!

Standing superhero boyThe Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) is sponsoring its annual Student Poetry Contest. The contest has no entry fee and is open to all Wisconsin students in grades 6 through 12. Winners receive cash prizes and get their poem published in the 2016 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.

The WFOP is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting poetry in Wisconsin. For more information about WFOP, go to

For questions about the student contest, contact the Student Contest coordinator, Jeanie Tomasko at:

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Reading More and Viking It! T-shirts for Sale

Photograph of t-shirt with Viking image for Scandinavia Public LIbraryBased on popular demand, Scandinavia Public Library Reading More and Viking It! t-shirts are available for $12 each. The royal blue, 100% cotton (preshrunk) shirts are silk screened with the library name on the upper left chest in the front and the viking on the back. Child and adult sizes are the same price. If you are looking for a size that we don't carry we will order it for you as available through our vendor through November 2014.

Support the library and share your Viking pride with a t-shirt!


Volunteer with Scandinavia Public Library

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Substitute Librarian Needed

The Scandinavia Public Library is currently accepting applications for a substitute librarian. The substitute librarian is responsible for providing all of the library services related to lending library materials and handling monetary transactions at the library when the library director is not available. Courteous customer service, good organizational skills, excellent computer skills, and a high school diploma or the equivalent are required. Experience with children and young adults is beneficial.

To apply for this position submit a resume to either

  • The Scandinavia Public Library in person

  • Scandinavia Public Library, PO Box 157, Scandinavia, WI 54977

  • e-mail

Applications will be reviewed beginning September 23, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Questions may be directed to Sue Vater Olsen, library director, at (715) 467-4636 or the e-mail address above.

The Scandinavia Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Crafting Bee

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! This informal group is designed for handicrafters of all types to work in an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support. Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. So whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, hand quilt, bead, or scrap, and whether you are a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! Supervised children are also welcome. Please come and enjoy the fun!

Crafting Bee  takes place from 10 a.m. - Noon every Thursday.

You can check out some of our projects on the Scandinavia Public Library Facebook page!


Christmas Day

Thursday, December 25, 2014 (All day)

Decorated treeThe library is closed on December 25, Christmas Day.

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