Walter Burkhalter, Fontana library director


FONTANA — It’s February, and it seems winter is just beginning. Here at the Fontana Library, we are prepared come what may.

We provide a warm and cozy atmosphere. From our fireplace to our comfortable furniture, we’re just like home. Looking to spend a few hours? We have a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, computers and WiFi, not to mention a jigsaw puzzle and a number of board games.

For those artistically inclined (or maybe not so much), we offer zentangle and coloring pages. For the kids, our imagination station as well as Legos, blocks, and other ways to pass the cold days. The fish tank, with a variety of fish, is always a favorite.

Don’t want to venture out? With your library card, you can access e-books through Libby (app) by Overdrive and multiple sources through Badgerlink.

If you’re looking for an evening getaway, we’re offering several programs in the next few months.

On Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ridge Hotel, W4240 state Highway 50, Fontana Library will be joining four other local libraries in sponsoring “Shifting the Electoral College,” a lively discussion led by Eric Loepp of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. It promises to be an interesting time of varying viewpoints regarding how presidents are elected. We hope this will be one of many programs cosponsored by Aram Public Library (Delavan), Barrett Memorial Library (Williams Bay), Fontana Public Library, Lake Geneva Public Library, and Matheson Memorial Library (Elkhorn).

In March we will be returning to Fontana, again with a political and historical theme, when Nathan Fuller of the Rock County Historical Society joins us March 5 for “Alternative Facts and American History.” The program will be held again at 6:30 in the Village Hall Meeting Room.

“Fake News: the Nutrition Edition” presented by Joan Davis, RN, MS, is designed to provide a simple, practical approach to evaluating nutritional claims. The program has been rescheduled for March 14 at 6:30 pm in the Fontana Village Hall meeting room.

Finally, on April 13, our own Sally Lee, Fontana Public Library staff member, will lead “Get Crafty: Adult Project.” This promises to be a more hands-on program where participants will make a craft project and take it home with them. This time the program will be held in the library, again at 6:30 pm.

For more information about any of these programs, stop by our website at or visit our Facebook page. While you’re there, be sure to sign up for our newsletter. It provides more details about programs, events, and other news. You may also see a recommendation or two.

At the end November, we added a new book drop (paid from donations). It is a great addition for our staff. It holds more items, has a much more manageable cart, and best of all, has a lock that doesn’t freeze in the winter. It may seem mundane, but it is because of generous donations we are able to update items such as this. So a big thank you to those who donate to us.

As always, we look forward to seeing you. Bundle up and come on down.

Walter Burkhalter is director of the Fontana Public Library in Fontana.