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 Library13450 County Highway M
P O BOX 176
Cable, WI 54821
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.
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.
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 built in 1925 by Mary Livingston Griggs to honor her mother, Mary Steele Livingston. The logs used to construct the building were logged off their family property at Forest Lodge on Lake Namakagon. The building was originally designed to be a Community Room, a ladies reading room and a public rest room.
The Forest Lodge Library became a public library in 1969. In the year 2000 the building was added to the State and National Registry of Historic Buildings.
The Forest Lodge Library became a joint library of the Cable and Namakagon communities in 2007.
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:
FundingEstablish 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.
- 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