All WRLSWEB library users will be seeing a new online catalog called Encore soon. The anticipated “go live” date is Wednesday, March 19.

Key dates for library users to be aware in preparation for the new catalog:

Thursday, March 13 Placing items on hold will be suspended until the new catalog is operational.
Saturday, March 15 This is the last day to print reading lists and history. Unfortunately, this information won’t migrate.  Please touch base with a librarian if you need help.
Sunday, March 16 Downloading eBooks from OverDrive will be suspended until the new catalog is operational. Items downloaded prior to this date will be readable on e-readers.
Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18 Library catalog and public Internet access will not be available these days.The Sparta Free Library will be closed to the public so staff can further prepare for the new catalog.
Wednesday, March 19 Sparta Free Library will re-open.  The new catalog is anticipated to be operational.

New features of the online catalog include:

  • Google-like searching;
  • improved access to eBooks available through OverDrive;
  • tagging and rating options; as well as
  • simultaneous search and retrieval of related articles from BadgerLink magazines and databases, along with library books, movies, and music.

Experience the new catalog independently or get acquainted with the new catalog alongside one of your library staff. Library staff desires to make this transition a pleasurable experience for library users.

There is some important preparation involved with making a smooth transition from the current online catalog to the new online catalog. Library users are already seeing due dates extended to late March. There will be a limited collection of newer titles added to the catalog in March, but this will catch up in April.

Please review the key dates at the beginning of this post.  Your patience is appreciated during the transition to the new catalog.

Family StorytimesFebruary 6 – April 12

  • Thursdays – 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. –  7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays – 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
The same content will be shared at each storytime within the week.  Registration is open for children Birth to Age 5, and their caregivers.  Call the Children’s Room at 608-269-2010 ext 2.

* * * Please Note:  No storytimes on March 20 or 22.  * * *

New this time:  Membership Buy – Friday, January 24, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Those who are members of the Friends of the Sparta Free Library, or sign up to be members on Friday, will have first chance to purchase books!

Public Book Buy – Saturday, January 25, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Bag Buy – Saturday, January 25, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Bring a library earth friendly bag and fill your bag for $2.00 during this one hour.

 To the Sparta Free Library Community,
Your continued patronage and advocacy for the library is greatly appreciated!   Ask library staff for a sticker for your library magnet and a letter with 2014 Adjusted Library Hours:
   Fall / Winter / Spring                                        Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day
10:00 a.m.   –     7:30 p.m.     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday    10:00 a.m.  –  7:30 p.m.   
10:00 a.m.   –     7:00 p.m.                 Wednesday                    10:00 a.m.  –  7:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.   –     5:00 p.m.                 Friday                           10:00 a.m.  –  6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.   –  12:00 p.m.                 Saturday                                  Closed                     
            Closed                          Sunday & Holidays                         Closed
                                    These hours are in effect January 1, 2014.
Click link for 2014 Exceptions to Above Hours
Sparta Free Library

December 2013 / January 2014 Holiday Schedule
Tuesday, December 24 ————– Closed
Wednesday, December 25 ———- Closed
Tuesday, December 31 ————– Closing at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 —— Closed