MarkForBlogFirst off, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our Salzmann fans and readers. I hope that your holidays were filled with family and cheer. As we look forward to this new year of 2012, I want to make a small mention of, and look ahead at, what’s happening at the library.

We are about halfway through our re-shelving project, in which I think I will have handled every book in the collection. This project, started last year, separates the upstairs into three distinct areas: our Historical Room, Humanities Room, and Science and Literature Room. This is in addition to the Special Collections and Reading Rooms that were already up there. Downstairs we are moving the books to continue to make room on the shelves as we continue to add great books to our collection.

In mentioning those books, I have to mention a grant we received, shortly before Christmas, of 250 books from the International Society of Science and Religion. When these books get catalogued, I will be mentioning more about them, but we are very happy to have these books to add (about 200 are new to the collection).

Kathy and I want to thank all of you for your support of the library, and the PR you bring to us every time you mention coming here to somebody. Word of mouth is the key.  There are still too many people that do not know we are available to them, and we need that to continue to change. This past year, people at the Catholic Herald, the newspaper article and this blog have definitely helped, and we plan to do more in 2012. We want to get some radio spots as another medium to talk to people about the library, as well as to visit local churches and talk directly to the populace.

Finally, I am happy to say that I have moved up to 32 hours now, and am looking forward to putting those extra hours to good use. Hopefully, the number of people using the library will increase in 2012 as it did in 2011.

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. These are always appreciated, and anything I can do to make this better I will strive my best to accomplish.

Here is some of the 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
  • There is free Wi-Fi available.
  • “Like” us on Facebook – Salzmann Library.
  • The library catalog is available online.