Forest Lodge Library

A joint library of the Cable & Namakagon communities.

About Us

About Us

Lodged in a rustic 1925 built log cabin,the Forest Lodge Library is a joint library of the Cable and Namakagon communities and is located on County Highway M in downtown Cable, WI. The library is open six days a week and its services and programs are available to area patrons and visitors alike. The library shares a campus with the Cable Natural History Museum and both facilities are destinations you won't want to miss when in the Cable/Namakagon area.


Forest Lodge Library  

13450 County Highway M

P O BOX 176
Cable, WI 54821
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The Forest Lodge Library, a joint library of the Cable and  Namakagon communities, is located two blocks east of State Highway 63 on County Highway M in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin.


Mission Statement

Forest Lodge Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Forest Lodge Library is to enhance the quality of life for our community by providing open access to cultural, intellectual and informational resources and services that are delivered in a welcoming, convenient and responsive manner.

Vision Statement

Forest Lodge Library Vision Statement

The Forest Lodge Library is the learning center of our community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas,t he joy of reading and the power of information.

The Katie Flowers Endowment


The Katie Flowers Endowment, so named for one of the Forest Lodge Library's long-term librarians, is a formal association with its own legal establishment and bylaws. It consists of individuals from the Library Boards and of community members who unite to plan and execute, in conjunction with library goals and the needs of the library director, programs and events to benefit the library. In particular, the Katie Flowers' Endowment is heavily involved in fund-raising for the library and oversees periodic book sales. The Katie Flowers' Endowment always serves at the pleasure of the Library Board which is the only body with legal authority to set policy for the Forest Lodge Library.


The Forest Lodge Library was founded and built in 1925 by Mary Livingston Griggs to honor her mother, Mary Steele Livingston. Mrs. Griggs envisioned a Community House in downtown Cable, a place that would combine the functions of library, community meeting centner and public rest room. The building was constructed of logs cut and  milled off the Griggs' Forest Lodge estate on nearby Lake Namakagon. 

Later named the Forest Lodge Library, the building is now the oldest log cabin library in the state of Wisconsin. the building was named to the National and State Register of Historic Places in the year 2000.

When the Cable Natural History Museum was established in 1968 the library and the museum merged and operated under a single boarded funded by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation. In 1992 the library established its own Board of Trustees and became a fully functioning public library.

In January of 2007 the Town of Namakagon joined the Town of Cable making the Forest Lodge Library a joint library. 

Many of the original library fixtures...the half-log bookshelves pegged into the walls, the long pine-plank table and the stone fireplace are still present and still in use. 

Visit the Forest Lodge Library ... where the future resides in the past.

Library Strategic Plan

The Forest Lodge Library Board and a community committee made up of 5 members met as the Strategic Planning Committee in 2005 to complete a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) and develop a list of possible goals for the future of the Forest Lodge Library. This Committee sponsored a community forum to gather further input. The Strategic Planning Committee established the following goals and strategies:


Establish stable funding for annual operations
  • Encourage County Board to continue funding at 100%
  • Continue to make the County Library Committee aware of our funding needs
  • Continue to make the Cable Town Board aware of our activities and funding needs
  • Become and continue to be a joint library with the Town of Namakagon (2007)
  • Increase circulation to increase future funding
  • Continue to increase Katie Flowers Endowment


Continue development of a library collection that focuses on:

  • Collecting books that many other libraries in the state do not have
  • Maintain and build collection of natural history adult and juvenile books
  • Provide for Lifelong learning and continuing education
  • Be continually aware of demograhics and circulation statistics in selection of other collection acquisitions
  • Continue partnerships with NWLS, Merlin and WISCAT
  • Continue to offer technology to patrons, keeping award of current trends and circulation statistics
  • Provide Caldecott/Newberry Children's books


  • Offer children and youth programs that improve literacy and provide reading opportunities in and ouside the home(summer reading program, adult programs, book club for children/youth/adults)
  • Offer Volunteer/Service opportunities (tutoring, reading to younger and older, internet pros)
  • Offer lifelong learning experiences.

Facility Development

  • Develop a handicapped accessible facility
  • Develop a commons area
  • Provide circulation desk and staff office space
  • Provide area for children, teen and adult sections
  • Provide technology space
  • Continue to offer charming atmosphere similar to that of current historic building
  • Write CDBG Grant Proposal
  • Develop fundraising plan
  • Assess possible library expansion or new site possibilities in order to increase our service capacity