Friends of the Library

Garden Tour July, 2019

Friends of the L.D. Fargo Public Library will host a garden tour on Saturday, July 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm, rain or shine. There is no charge for the tour but donations are welcome and will be used to fund programs sponsored by The Friends.
There are seven gardens on the tour. Five gardens are in the same part of Lake Mills, allowing visitors to walk from one garden to another. The remaining two gardens are located in Shorewood Hills. Gardens may be visited in any order. A map of the tour and a description of the gardens will be available at the L.D. Fargo Public Library as of July 18.
Gardens on the tour are at: 113 South Ferry Drive, Susan and Michael Nesemann; 224 Lake Shore Drive, Janet and Nathan Pyles; 511 College St, Margot Peters and Peter Jordan; 523 Fremont St, Barb Smith and Don Baker; 505 Dodge Ct, Vicki and Morris Wickliffe; N6532 Shorewood Hills Rd, Cecilia and Stan Smoniewski; and N6404 Cedar Lane, Susan and John Trier.


The Friends of the L.D. Fargo Public Library, founded in 1987, is a volunteer organization whose mission is to:  provide support services to library staff and board; sponsor programs designed to improve the social, cultural, and intellectual life of the community; and promote the library in all phases of community life.

Here is a sampling of what the Friends did October 2017-September 2018:

  • Awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a Lake Mills area high school senior
  • Contributed $850 for children’s programming
  • Contributed $750 to Lake Mills elementary schools’ book clubs and literature circles
  • Contributed $570 to the Jefferson County Literacy Council
  • Provided $550 for author visits
  • Provided $525 for visit by Inga Witscher, host of WPT’s “Around the Farm Table”
  • Contributed $420 for large print Louise Penny books
  • Sponsored a team for the Knickerbocker Ice Festival Trivia Contest
  • Read shelves to keep the library’s 30,000 + items in order
  • Assisted library staff with special projects and events
  • Delivered books to the homebound

Consider becoming a member and supporting the library and community.  If you have been a member in the past and let your membership expire, consider rejoining.  Membership forms are available at the library and on-line at

If you have questions contact Vicki A. Wickliffe, President of the Friends, at 648-5370.

Book Sale

The Friends operates the book sales in the library and at Lake Mills Market. The Friends of the Library is seeking donations of used books in good condition to stock the shelves of the bookcase at the Lake Mills Market.  If you have one or two books to donate and you shop at the Market, just place the books on the bookcase shelves.  If you have a larger number of books to donate, please contact the library to arrange pickup of your books.  We are especially in need of current hardcover or softcover fiction, cookbooks and gardening books.  Thank you for your support of the library.

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, April 15, 2019 10:00 a.m.-noon:  Monthly FOL Board meeting.

Monday, May 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m.-noon:  Monthly FOL Board meeting.


Friends Newsletter April, 2019

April, 2018 Friends News

Meeting Minutes

Friends of the Library minutes April 15, 2019

FOL minutes 5-20-2019

FOL minutes 6-17-2019

Friends of the Library 2019 Corporate Sponsors

The Friends of the Library would like to thank the following 2019 corporate Friends for their generous support:

Gold level: American Legion Post 67; Culver’s of Lake Mills; Forest Landscaping & Construction Inc.; Jensen Plumbing, Heating and Air; Kuhl Corner Campus Preschool; Lake Mills Area Community Foundation; Lake Mills Main Street Program; Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic; Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Schrier, LLP; Pizza Pit of Lake Mills; Re/Max Community Realty; The Corner Mercantile; Topel Truck Center; Watertown Regional Medical Center-Lake Mills Clinic; and Watson Ace Hardware.

Silver level: Claussen Funeral Home; Dance Studio 3-D; Dental Associates of Lake Mills; and Legacy Hair Studio.

Bronze level: Avid Risk Solutions; Crawfish Junction; Denny’s Hairstyling; Fixmer Agency Insurance; The Grist Bar & Table; and TJS Cabinetry.

Contributions from these corporate donors will fund the annual Friends scholarship, an author visit, and other programs.

Any other business, civic group, or organization interested in becoming a corporate Friend should contact Vicki Wickliffe, membership chair, at 648-5370 for further information.


FOL Membership Brochure_2017D, October, 2017

Download the Membership Form for membership application.

2019 Knickerbocker Ice Festival Trivia Contest Winning Team

2018 Knickerbocker Trivia Contest Winning Team

Once again (Again?!) the Friends of the Library were the winning team at the annual Knickerbocker Ice Festival’s trivia night. February 2, 2018.

Home Bound Delivery (Click for PDF form)

If you know someone who cannot visit the L.D. Fargo Library please let them know the Friends of the Library offer Homebound Delivery. Library materials will be delivered to Lake Mills residents who are unable to visit the library due to temporary or long-term health issues or disability. All circulation library policies apply. Please call the library at 648-2166.