Tax dollars alone cannot adequately fund the services and resources of the Oshkosh Public Library. Our pledge to provide access to information, knowledge, culture, community history and technology can only be fulfilled with the help of generous donors who value our work in the Oshkosh community.
Working in partnership with supporters like you, the library can reach beyond the everyday to achieve excellence. Here are some specific ways that your donation, large or small, could be used to help support the library mission:
Children’s train table and train set
One of the most popular developmental toys in our Children’s Department, the train set inspires imaginative play and helps children to learn about sharing. (Because of heavy use and safety considerations, donated train tables cannot be accepted; a new, sturdy train table must be purchased semi-annually with cash donations. However, donations of used engines and train cars are welcomed!)
Local history book cases
Copies of local history books and documents are preserved in locked cabinets on the library’s second floor. Two additional book cases are needed to accommodate and protect this growing collection.
High Hopes early literacy program
Donations would fund the purchase of book sets, developmental toys and related incentives for participants in the High Hopes program, which shows parents how to teach the early literacy skills that will help their children to become successful readers.
eBooks and downloadable audio books
The library continues to build its collection of eBooks and digital audio books to meet the growing demand for readers of all ages.
Donations would fund projects that create digital copies of local history books, photographs, and community information to preserve the history of the Oshkosh area.
Out-of-print books on Oshkosh history
The library is currently seeking copies of the following books on Oshkosh history:
Random thoughts of Nordheim. By: Harry P. Hurst (c1995)
Tales of Oshkosh, vol. 1. By: Clarence Jungwirth (c1998)
When Oshkosh went to war. By: Jim Metz (c1997)
Nordheim, District 6. By: August Tiedje (c1995) and Rev ed. (c1995)
Oshkosh trucks: 75 years of specialty truck production. By: David Wright (c1992)
Please contact Library Director Jeff Gilderson-Duwe at 236-5210 to discuss ways that your donation can help to fund these or other library projects.