Memorial Gift for National Library Week
In honor of her grandparents, O.J. (Doc) and Bernice Guerin, Diane (Guerin) and her husband, Gary Gilgen donated $500 to purchase children's books including classics, award winners and honor books, as well as a variety of picture books. Doc and Bernice Guerin helped create a legacy in Mellen's Legion Memorial Library. Through Diane and Gary Gilgen's gift in honor of Diane's grandparents, the Library purchased the following titles:
National Library Week 2018
This week, Legion Memorial Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.
This is a celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.
The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning. Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.
Legion Memorial Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting a bag raffle and encouraging everyone to Drop Everything And Read at least 20 minutes on Thursday, National D.E.A.R. Day.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
For more information, visit Legion Memorial Library at 106 Iron Street in Mellen, call: 715-274-8331 or see the library’s website at mellen.wislib.org . Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-6 PM and Friday & Saturday, 9 AM-Noon.
Spring Break at the Library
Celebrating 91 Years of Library Service
Monday, March 12th Legion Memorial Library celebrated 91 years of service to the City of Mellen and our neighbors. There is a plaque on the front of the Mellen Library & Senior Center sharing a bit of our history. It was due to these men; a legacy from a logger; and the support of the community, that the library was formed. The plaque reads:
LEGION MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Est. March 12, 1927
This plaque honors the brave and proud members of Mellen’s
American Legion, veterans of the famed 32nd “Red Arrow”
Division, who served their country in the Great War - WWI.
These men, survivors of the Tuscania sinking, combatants of
the Argonne, Aisne, and Marne offensives and peacemakers
of the Army of Occupation, established this public library in
their meeting room at Mellen City Hall. They did so under the
direction of Commander Alvin Rabbideau and Library
Committee members: Charles Markee, O.J. Guerin, and Fred
Keller. In addition, there was a legacy from logger August
Rohloff, donated books, and the support of the community.
Legion Memorial Library continues to thrive and provide
service to the residents of Mellen, neighboring communities,
and beyond. What these men initiated lives on.
1927 American Legion Mellen Post 25
Adolphe ‘A. E.’ Donais Dr. Carl W. Lockhart
Mark V. Ferrando Charles A. Markee
Percy C. Foeller Louis A. McCarthy
Oviatt J. ‘O. J.’ Guerin John ‘Dan’ E. McPherson
Reinhold F. Henke Alvin R. Rabbideau
Fred W. Keller Lorenzo ‘Ren’ A. Vought
Dedicated Memorial Day
May 29, 2017
Mary, daughter of Charles Markee and Mary’s husband, Larry Kaffine initiated the memorial plaque project and faithfully saw it through. Thank you, Mary and Larry Kaffine for this wonderful addition to our library.
The Library was started by individuals who served. Individuals who each had their own unique talents and gifts. Individuals brought together to serve their community through the open doors of the Library. It is still the same today. Thank you to all who have helped to keep the library doors open through 91 years of service. Thank you for your continued support.
Click on the "About Us" tab for more on the history of our library.