Our Fundraisers, Projects and Sponsorships

The original Carnegie library building was constructed in 1903-1904.

To help fund the 1985 building addition, the RDLF, then known as Friends of the Library, raised $250,000 with its “Pete the Penny” campaign.

Our work to improve the facility continues thanks to generous community support.

Ced Vig Holiday Book Fund 2023

December 1, 2023

Happy Holidays to all our friends and supporters of the library!

We invite you to join us in supporting the Rhinelander District Library Foundation. Our Annual Ced Vig Holiday Book Fund was started 38 years ago. The purpose of this fund is to purchase new, hardcover books each year for all sections of the library, including adult, young adult and the children's departments.

According to our director, Virginia Roberts, the book fund makes up one-third of the library's book expenditures, and this year the price of new books has increased up to 20%. She is grateful the Holiday Book Fund donors allow the staff to continue the mission of providing high-quality materials to the community.

We hope you will continue to support our library and our wonderful staff who have worked through the past challenging years. Our goal this holiday season is $20,000.

On behalf of the Foundation, we thank you and appreciate your contribution.

Ced Vig Holiday Book Fund 2023

2023 Summer Reading Program

All Together Now: Unity in the Community

There's something for All Ages!

View the full list of programs here.

Thank You to Our Community Sponsors:

  • Magic Man Games
  • CT’s Deli
  • Rhinelander Brewing Company
  • Culver’s of Rhinelander
  • Mel’s Trading Post
  • L&M Fleet Supply
  • Da Bar
  • Play By Play
  • The Hodag Store
  • Crimson Curry Café
  • Bath & Body Creations
  • H2H
  • Bucketheads
  • Heather Collins Photography
  • Rhinelander Auto Group
  • Perfectly Preserved LLC
  • Tilly’s

2023 Capital Campaign

The 2023 annual capital campaign's goal is to raise funds to replace the stairs and railings of the front Carnegie entryway and repair the existing sidewalk. Library staff has been consulted, needs were discussed, and this stairway project was chosen. All money raised will be used for this specific purpose.

The stairs and railings are original to the building and have been in disrepair for some time. Due to the crumbling cement, the stairs pose a safety hazard. The estimated cost for the repair of the stairs, railings, and sidewalk is $49,993. I am hoping this spring capital campaign will raise most if not all of this amount. This project will not be affected by any future expansion under consideration.

Your generous response to previous requests has been greatly appreciated. It's apparent how vital our library is to the community. In February 2023, despite several weather closings, foot traffic increased 21.4% over February 2022. That's an increase of over 1,700 people! It is no surprise that circulation increased by 21 % as well, with Wi-Fi use up 23% and public computer use up by 43%.

View our 2023 Capital Campaign letter.