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New Sauk City Library a perfect fit

"I could see right away it would be the perfect place for a library"


August 8, 2019

Autumn Luedke

Left: The future Sauk City Library will be in the historic former Spellman Brothers Granite Works Company. The building was uniquely outfitted with a large door and rail tracks to accommodate granite deliveries via train. The original crane used to pick up and carry granite slabs remains in the building and is still operational. Top: The new young adult collection will be housed in a second story room with large windows that provide a view of the circulation area. Bottom: the former Spellman Brothers Monument Company. The building was used by the monument company for many years before the business relocated. In 2014, Straight Forward purchased the building and renovated it, preserving much of the building's history. In 2015 the building was placed on the state and national registers of historic places.

When Sauk City Library Executive Director Emily Judd first walked into the former Straight Forward Building at 615 Phillips Blvd., she knew instantly it could be the new home for the library.

"(Realtor) Tracy Thompson showed it to us and I could see right away it would be the perfect place for a library," Judd said.

Thanks to a $1 million donation from the Craig Culver Family Foundation, by next summer it will be.

For several years the Sauk City Library Board has been sharing the library's need for more space – for everything from programming, circulation, offices, parking and more.

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