Rhinelander District Library

The Rhinelander District Library will reopen with limited in-person hours next Tuesday.

A limited number of people will be able to use the library for 30 minutes at a time.

Meanwhile, the curbside pickup and book drop services will remain operational.

In-person times open hours include Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m.

Rhinelander joins libraries in Minocqua, Three Lakes, Crandon, Antigo, Merrill, Mercer and others offering some in-person open hours.

Rhinelander District Library

The Rhinelander District Library is now offering curbside pickup of materials. The library remains closed due to the COVID-19 impacts.

Library Director Virginia Roberts says you can go online to the library's website and pick out what you want...

"We're asking people to select up to 10 adult and up to 20 kids materials and limit it because at the moment we are limited to just our Rhinelander materials to offer to our Rhinelander patrons only..."


Libraries across the region have seen tight budgets the past several years. In an effort to raise money for the Rhinelander District Library, The Friends of the Library started a used bookstore right next to the library in an effort to bring in some extra money. It's name is the Re-Tale Shop.

Recently, Ken Krall spoke with Claudia Baker, President of the Friends group, and Pat Beaufeaux about the effort. You will first hear Claudia Baker's voice...

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After the Rhinelander District Library restored an entrance to the original Carnegie doors, a local group has come forward to help pay for the changes.

The Rhinelander Masonic Lodge approached the library as Lodge spokesperson Tony Jones explains..

"...Knowing that the Rhinelander lodge was instrumental in laying the cornerstone, I thought this was the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our ability to stand up for the community and put together a fundraiser...."

Jones says they pulled out a campaign from the past...


Some building changes have been approved for the Rhinelander District Library.

Board of Trustees President Jane Roe, who is also chair of the building committee, says they've hired local architect Jeff Musson to replace what's known as the Carnegie doors with a new door and change the entry back to a vestibule.

Roe says there will be a second set of doors which will also be more energy efficient...


A longtime Rhinelander District Library leader has retired, sort of.

At a Tuesday retirement party at the Library, Jan Baer met well-wishers from her 47 years of being active in library affairs.

Natalie Jablonski

A return to another time is coming to the Rhinelander District Library.

The Rhinelander District Library Board has approved a restoration of the former Carnegie entrance. Library Director Virginia Roberts says for a number of years they've had problems with the entrance off Stevens Street closing down for the winter due to engineering issues when the building was constructed...

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The Rhinelander City Council has proposed a few changes in its portion of a contract involving the Rhinelander District Library.

This is a backdrop to ongoing negotiations between the library and the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican and Pine Lake and the city that form the joint support and operational funding for the library. At this week's meeting, council member Alex Young says the towns have proposed some changes in the contract, he says based on how much new construction happens in the towns and city...

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Expansion plans for the Rhinelander District Library continue  as the board works toward the best way to to accomplish that goal.

Consultants have reported the library would need an extra 12,000 square feet to meet growing patron needs. An architectural firm has been retained that has worked with other Carnegie libraries like Rhinelander and has a preliminary proposal.

Library Director Virginia Roberts says they're close to showing the proposal...


A change in library directors slowed the pace of planning for construction of an addition to the Rhinelander District Library.

Library Board President Jan Baer says they are hoping to get the process back on track with a meeting next month. Past Director Ed Hughes left for a job in Mississippi last summer and Baer says the process of hiring a new director and getting her up to speed caused a delay...



Longtime Rhinelander educator and author Ced Vig began a tradition at the Rhinelander District Library and this year marks its 30th anniversary. The tradition began   with Vig donating the first book to the Holiday Book Fund.

Library Foundation member Kari Zambon says since it's beginning, nearly a quarter-million dollars has been raised for book purchases...

"....nearly one in four of the books taken out in the Children's Department are book-plated with the Ced Vig book fund..."

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An arbitration hearing conducted among the government members of the Rhinelander District Library resulted in  a smaller increase than requested.

The city of Rhinelander and the towns of Newbold, Pine Lake, Crescent and Pelican form the district that supports the library.

The approved budget was $916,000. Library Board President Jan Baer(bear) says they had requested about $41,000 more than last year but that request was cut in half...

Fast and Slow, Worms Wriggle at Rhinelander Library

Jul 22, 2014
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The Rhinelander District Library had a day at the races…when more than a hundred kids competed in the 28th annual Worm Race.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, some worms just move faster than others.    

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The Rhinelander District Library will be looking for a new director.

Ed Hughes says he will be leaving Rhinelander to take a job in Hernando, Mississippi...

"....the library is called First Regional Library. It's a big, 5-county library system..."

Hughes says he enjoyed his time in Rhinelander, but health considerations for his spouse led him to look at a warmer climate.

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A donation to the Rhinelander District Library will help seniors and children in the area.

Library Director Ed Hughes outlines the $1,000 gift from the Rhinelander Women's Club...

"....to be distributed between our senior outreach program and our Children's Department. The senior outreach person says she would like to take her portion of the money and spend it on buying CD players for audio books. She does a lot of outreach to nursing homes...."