I apologize for the lack of blogs lately. However, we are now back and ready for weekly blogs to return. This week I want to mention an incredible donation that was given to us in the past two months.

Fr. Robert Drutowski was ordained June 8th, 1979, and dedicated 33 years of his life to the ministry in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He died on October 29th, 2012 (information gathered from his obituary). His brother, Karl, contacted us and said that Fr. Robert had an extensive library that they would like to donate to us. Extensive was not the correct word; they donated approximately 100 boxes of books in the months of December and January. We have now gone through approximately three-fourths of the boxes, and want to make you aware of what is available.

This past month and a half we have been sorting, checking, and adding to the collection several hundred of the books donated; it was an excellent spiritual collection. The books range from spiritual to biblical studies, from different types of Bibles to Wisconsin history, pastoral and parish resource guides to theological works and many more. They are all available to be checked out from Salzmann like any other book.

In addition, we have had more than 1,500 books that have not been added to the collection, and are available for people to obtain for a suggested donation of $0.50 per paperback and $1 per hardcover. The majority of these are books that we already have in the collection. If we think they are good enough for the library, then they are good enough in somebody’s home library as well. Fr. Robert also was interested in leadership and motivation, and there are many books in that topic as well if one is interested.

We want to thank Fr. Robert and his family for their extremely generous donation, and hope that you come to check out what we have available for you.

Next week will be information on the next Salzmann book club, and in two weeks my next book review. Stay tuned.

As always, if you have any ideas and comments for things I could change, please let me know. If you have any books that you have read or have read the books I mention, please leave a comment. We here at Salzmann also want to know what people are reading. Comments are always appreciated – anything I can do to make this better I will strive my best to accomplish.

Here is some basic information about the library:

  • Our standard hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, 12 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Our address is 3257 S. Lake Dr., St. Francis, WI 53235, right next to Henni Hall, due west of the South Parking Lot.
  • The library’s phone number is (414) 747-6479. If you would like to contact me through email, it is mschrauth@sfs.edu.
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  • The library catalog is available online.