Full circle: Green Lake library gets big surprise

In an age when funding for libraries can be hard to come by, the Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake has two major reasons to celebrate this week.

One, the 20-year anniversary of the opening in late June 1994.

And two, a philanthropist’s decision to step forward and donate an elevator, saving the Friends of the Library the daunting task of trying to raise an estimated $75,000.

The donor is well known among library supporters in Green Lake. He’s the same man who paid for the building 20 years ago.

“It’s just something that the library needs, and I still have a great affection for it,” Tom Caestecker said, adding how the library staff make it a success. “I just wanted to do something that would further the library experience.”

The project is expected to be put out for bids, with Caestecker to underwrite the cost.

Green Lake’s library was constructed with a shaft to the basement with the idea that an elevator may be put in at a later time. Library Director Linda DeNell indicated right now is as good a time as any, between children in strollers, handicapped individuals or those who have difficulty walking.

“There are a number of reasons that the Friends especially were anxious to have the elevator put in and completed, and were gearing up to do a big fund-raising campaign,” DeNell said ... Continue reading the full article in the June 26 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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