In light of the recent news that Wisconsin State Supreme Court has overturned Safer at Home, the library is gathering information and resources to determine how and when we will safely open our doors. Keep watching our website and our Facebook page. In the meantime, we are providing curbside pickup of materials available in our library.  The Stay at Home Order has been lifted – the order is gone, but the virus is not. Be smart and continue to follow the guidance of maintaining physical distance, avoid large gatherings and groups, and stay home if you are sick. We are committed to working alongside you to keep our community and our loved ones safe. We know we can do this together.

Burnett County COVID-19 Response Team – Approved for Immediate Release
May 14, 2020     In the most recent days and hours Burnett County has received some scary and confusing news. We have our first positive case of COVID-19 and at the same time the Stay at Home Order has been lifted. The order is gone, the virus is not. Click HERE to read more.

Click HERE for Connections latest newsletter 

Partisan Primary – August 11, 2020
General and Presidential Election – November 3, 2020


ALTHOUGH THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED PER GOVERNOR EVER’S ORDER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, curbside service begins at the Webster library, Wednesday, April 29th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

One staff member will provide the service while maintaining social distancing. Realizing that the system delivery service remains suspended, materials within the Webster collection are the only books/audio books/movies available to you. This is a trial run. If we experience problems, the service will stop. Place returned items in the book/media drop, don’t try to hand them to the staff.

The library will provide the service 3 times a week: Mondays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays 4.p.m. to 7 p.m.; and Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click HERE for instructions on ordering items from our library. You will receive a telephone call once your order is filled to tell you when you can pick it up. Individuals without Internet access can call the library, 715-866-7697. If you call, we need: your name, library card #, name and author of book/movie.


The safety of our staff and community continues to be our utmost concern. Click this LINK to go to the Wisconsin COVID-19 information page.

STORYLINE ONLINE Click HERE to watch “The Library Lion”

CENSUS is important – click HERE

The online self-response portal for CENSUS 2020 opens March 12 (click HERE)

EASY CENSUS HELP FOR SENIORS (Click HERE). This is an interactive tutorial that teaches the specific skills needed for filling out the 2020 Census online. When the learner completes the tutorial, it will lead them right into the actual Census. The tutorial may be used in advance but the actual census CANNOT be filled out until the invitation is received. For further information, go to the CENSUS site. The Census Questionnaire Assistance phone line will be available from March 9 through July 31 at 844-330-2020.

BRIGHT BY TEXT is supported by Wisconsin Public Television, is a free text service. Parents and caregivers receive three to five texts per week in English or Spanish. Bright by Text provides invaluable information from early childhood experts on topics including developmental milestones, brain development, mental health and resilience, social-emotional competence, STEM, language and literacy, nutrition, health and more. Text the word BADGER to 274-448 to subscribe. Click  HERE for more information.

Reach Out and Read Wisconsin offers Tips for Parents on How Books Help Children Cope with Stress (PDF attached). Reach Out and Read is the only national network of medical providers ensuring that millions of infants and toddlers do not miss out on critical years of early brain development by integrating early literacy into the healthcare experience, starting at birth. Sharing the message that reading helps children feel safe and secure is more important than ever. Find additional resources HERE

PBS KIDS (click HERE)…..Beginning Monday, March 30, PBS Wisconsin will dedicate the 5 a.m.-5 p.m. daytime weekday schedule on The Wisconsin Channel, or PBS Wisconsin-2, and Milwaukee PBS will dedicate the 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daytime weekday schedule on WMVT 36.1 to educational programming that includes specific blocks of time for pre-K through 12th grade levels and covers subjects, including English language arts, social studies, science and math.

STORYLINE ONLINE – Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Click HERE to go to their website. Just click on the picture of the book to hear the story.
Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
Storyline Online is a program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that relies entirely on gifts, grants and donations to fund Storyline Online and produce all of its videos.

Thorp Public Library is sharing their STUCK AT HOME PAGE – click HERE   –  There are a ton or fun resources for families here!

Our library system has expanded the self-registration link on our Merlin site to include access to Overdrive. It is easy to get a digital card so that you can temporarily access Overdrive without a physical card from a library. Once we are open again, you can come in and get a permanent card. Go to our Merlin library card site (click HERE) …. scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “self-registration”. Fill in the blanks and click SUBMIT. The next screen will give you your temporary library card number to sign into Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (online books and audio books). Then go back to the Merlin homepage and click on “Digital Books” which will take you right to the sign in page for WPLC. Choose “Northern Waters Library Service” as your library and then enter your new barcode and you are set to go!

TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world. Below are free links to their library (Free during this Covid-19 outbreak). Please try these links and enjoy some screen time with your children!

Click HERE for TumbleBooks

Click HERE for TumbleMath

Click HERE for TeenBookCloud

Click HERE for AudioBookCloud


Materials for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Now Available

  • DVDS
  • ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin granted us funds to purchase books and DVDs

HELP NEEDED AT CIRCULATION DESK — on Fridays from noon until 3 p.m. If interested, please contact Patti at 715-866-7697

Income Tax The library has ordered tax forms for the new tax season and are available in the library entrance by the meeting room in the tax form holder. We can print off any forms you need that we do not have on hand.


What is the Book Club Reading this Month?

Continental Drift (P.S.) by [Banks, Russell]

Please join us on Tuesday, April 28 at 10 a.m. in a discussion
of Russell Banks’ “Continental Drift” (the March title) and “Varina” by Charles Frazier


Library Hours

Monday  10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday  10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday  10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday  10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday  10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online.   As a library cardholder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Click HERE to connect to the Gale Courses webpage and get started!