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Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library...
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ARCHITECTS: Vierbircher Associates SDS Architects

    Opened December 18, 2000!

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    Library Hours:

    Monday 10am-8pm
    Tuesday 1pm-8pm
    Wednesday 10am-8pm
    Thursday 10am-8pm
    Friday 10am-5pm
    Saturday 9am-2pm

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    In the new library is a community room for public use.

    Mary & Jerome Klos Community Room

    The mission of the Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library is to provide efficient access to informational materials in a variety of formats in order to promote life-long learning, recreational reading, and education support needs and interests. The Library upholds the principle of freedom of expression and ensures access to information for all. As an enhancement to the utilization of the library, the Village has provided the Mary and Jerome Klos Community Room.

    Use Policy and Procedure
    Application for use

    The population of the Village of West Salem grew from 3300 in 1980 to 4300 in 1999. The public K-12 student population has grown from 1235 to 1536 in the same time period. The West Salem Library serves as a resource for two private schools in the Village. Computer stations with Internet access are available.

    The new building is designed to serve the community in several ways. A community room is available for meetings and activities. The library has adequate adult seating, a study room, and a dedicated children's room. The West Salem community is aggressively working to provide a creative and attractive setting for life long learning for all members of our community in the tradition of Mrs. Leicht, educator and former La Crosse County Superintendent of Schools.


    The Alex Johnsonís Drug Store was the West Salem "station for books" from 1911-1927. The first library was located in the Jostad home on Youlon Street from 1927-1931. The library occupied three different areas in the Old Village Hall before relocating to a store front downtown on Leonard Street. The library was located on the second floor of the village hall before construction of the new Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library.

    Librarians of West Salem
    • Alice Jostad, 1927-1934
    • Ella Drectrah, 1934-1938
    • Betty Michelson, 1938-1940
    • Dorothy Dudley, 1940-1979
    • Joyce Millard, 1979-1990
    • Susan Rotering, 1990-2000
    • Katewin Peterson, 2000-2006
    • Sharon Aldahl 2006-present

    New Features and Services

    • Designated Childrenís Library
    • Expanded Childrenís Programs
    • Patron Internet Computer Access
    • Young Adult Area
    • Community Meeting Room
    • Private Study Room
    • Expanded Adult Collection
    • New Adult Programs
    • Expanded Reference Collection
    • Library Designed for Future Expansion
    • Convenient Parking

    Original New Building Data

    • Childrenís Area: 800 Sq. Ft.
    • Adult Library: 2,545 Sq. Ft.
    • Community Meeting Room: 1,200 Sq. Ft.
    • Workroom and Storage: 825 Sq. Ft.
    • Lobby, Restrooms, Mechanical: 2,130 Sq. Ft.
    • Total: 7,500 Sq. Ft.


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