Special Program: Ecology, History and Politics in Svalbard, Norway with Sheri Schwert

Sunday, May 21st, 2 p.m. in the Village Boardroom

Join North Crawford High School graduate Sheri Schwert at the Gays Mills Library for a FREE talk on her three months spent in Svalbard, Norway on Sunday, May 21st at 2:00 p.m. Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Sheri took classes at the University Centre in Svalbard from January to April of 2020, studying the ecology of the archipelago that is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas. She studied the history of Svalbard and will also speak about that and explain its current political situation.

Here is Sheri doing field work on a frozen lake.

Special Programs at North Crawford Summer School: Wordplay and Square Dancing

These programs take place at North Crawford Schools, 47050 County Road X, Soldiers Grove, WI 54655, are FREE and open to the public.

Wordplay with Andreas Transo: Wednesday, May 24

Come and experience the wit and wordplay of Andreas Transo as you learn how to tell stories using inflationary language, spoonerisms and other fun ways of playing with language. A mnemonics workshop will also be included. The public is invited to attend these session with Andreas, even though they will be held at North Crawford Summer School. In addition to being a storyteller, Andrea is also a musician, songwriter, and local historian.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten/1st Grade: 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

2nd Grade/3rd Grade: 10:35 – 11:30

4th Grade/5th Grade: 11:30 – 12:30

Middle School: 12:30 – 1:30

Square Dancing with Sue Hulsether: Thursday, June 8th, 10:30 a.m.

Join veteran dance caller and North Crawford graduate Sue Hulsether for a rousing 90 minutes of square dancing. For ages 4 to 104. No experience necessary! Music will be provided by Kickapoo Joy Juice.


Check Out Wisconsin’s State Parks at Your Library

The library will be participating in the Check Out Wisconsin’s State Parks at Your Library program starting in May.  With a valid library card, you’ll be able to check out a day pass to any of Wisconsin’s State Parks between May 1st and December 31st, 2023 – FOR FREE!  More details coming soon!

   Alternatives to visiting the library:

  • On-Line: Check out the Gays Mills Public Library’s Online Resources at gaysmillslibrary.org. Overdrive and Libby offer eBooks, Audio Books and Videos. Consumer Reports is available online. BadgerLink databases are available for your research use, including: Business, Health and Medical Databases, Kidsearch, Auto Repair Reference Center, NoveList, Science and History Reference Centers, and more!
  • Public WiFi at the Community Commerce Center: Take advantage of the strong public WiFi signal around the building. Use the PrivateLibrary network, no password needed. The best spots are from the east side parking lot, and from behind the building overlooking the slough. There are benches out back as well. Here is a link to a map of all public WiFi locations in Wisconsin: https://maps.psc.wi.gov/apps/PublicWiFiLocations

The Gays Mills Public Library is nestled along the banks of the Kickapoo River in Crawford County, Wisconsin. The library strives to serve the recreational, cultural and informational needs of residents and visitors with a wide variety of materials.

Big windows with beautiful views invite lingering over a magazine or a puzzle. Broadband Internet access throughout the library meets the needs of a rural population for social connection and information. Visit us soon and visit us often.


Library Hours

Monday 2-7 pm
Tuesday 2-7 pm
Wednesday 9 am-2 pm
Thursday 2-7 pm
Friday 1-5 pm
Saturday 9 am – Noon

16381 State Hwy 131
Gays Mills, WI 54631

Phone: 608 735 4331
Email:  dgibbs@swls.org

Children playing
Story Hour
Story Hour meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. from October through May.
Book Discussion
Book Discussion
Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.