When you support the Sun Prairie Public Library Foundation, you can truly make a difference.
Members of the 20th Century Club, a Sun Prairie women’s group founded in 1901, provided the original momentum for the library. The Village appointed its first Library Board in April 1901 and budgeted $50. That early library was housed in the Village’s city hall with 208 books.
Today, the Sun Prairie Public Library boasts a collection of more than 100,000 items housed in a modern, 36,000-square-foot building. The SPPL board is very proud of the fact that beginning in 2007, it has been able to turn over 50% of its investment income to the library. With the help of Foundation funds the library has taken on two large projects: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and an Early Literacy Area (ELA). As the board builds up its endowment, it will be able to provide even more funding for the important projects that keep our library on the cutting edge.
RFID is a massive project involving the tagging of each and every library item with a tag that acts as both identifier and security facet. In 2009, the library was able to move ahead with the implementation of RFID in order to better track inventory and to help automate the check in process. With RFID tags in place, the library is using an automated materials handling unit, which checks in items almost immediately after they are returned.
The Early Literacy Area is a project that involves the installation of 8-12 interactive panels designed specifically to teach pre-literacy skills to children 0-5 years. These creative, whimsical panels plant the seeds and reinforce the skills of print motivation, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, phonological awareness and narrative skills.