About the Library

Black Earth Public Library’s Mission Statement

The Black Earth Public Library and its staff provides inspiring programs, services, and materials for the community’s educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs in a welcoming and respectful atmosphere.

Black Earth Public Library’s Vision Statement

The Black Earth Public Library provides opportunities for free and equitable access to learn, discover, create and connect.

Adopted October 16, 2018


The Black Earth Public Library, built in 1990, accounts for about 2,600 square feet in the Municipal Building on Mills Street. The library offers the community approximately 21,000 current Books, Magazines, Books on CD, Digital Audio Players, DVDs and Blu Ray DVDs and CDs.

An interlibrary loan system allows Black Earth library users to also borrow materials not available locally from libraries in the South Central Library System and even from libraries anywhere in the United States. 

The library offers four computer workstations with current Windows operating systems and the Microsoft Office suite of programs.  WiFi is also available as is a black and white printer and photocopier for a charge of .10 per page.  

Many digital resources are also offered through the library, such a wide range of e-books and digital magazines, Chilton's auto repair manuals, A-toZdatabases (a comprehensive search tool, of American businesses, "white pages" directory and even current job postings) and also Ancestry, for genealogical research.  Online tutoring is also available, during the school year, through a subscription to the Live Homework Help service, for K-12 Wisconsin Heights students.

The library also offers hundreds of opportunities for children and adults to participate in library programs which are both educational and entertaining.  Please see our calendar for current events.

The library employs six staff members, is governed by a five-member Library Board and is a department of the Village of Black Earth.

Library Staff

Kirsten Rogers, Children's Librarian

Carolyn Shaffer, Library Director

Miles Varichak, Library Assistant

Donna Vought, Library Assistant

Michelle Zander, Circulation Manager

Riley Holcomb, Library Page

Riley Lynch, Library Page

Brennan Zander, Library Page

Eli Messer, Library Page

Library Board

President - Angie Updike

Vice-President - Linda Colby

Secretary -- Heather Messer

Treasurer - Gary Schuetz

Village Representative - James Coyle