Home » News » Iola-Scandi News » Thirty years at Iola Village Library

Thirty years at Iola Village Library

Robyn Grove recently celebrated 30 years at the Iola Village Library She has been the library’s director since 1999. Holly Neumann Photo

Grove celebrates milestone

By Holly Neumann

Director Robyn Grove recently celebrated 30 years of service to the Iola Village Library.

She started her career in 1993 as a part-time employee and by 1999, she was the director of the facility.

Grove has enjoyed the interaction with the library’s patrons.

“Seeing how happy they are when the items they placed on hold come in,” she said. “I especially like when a patron comes in to pick up their item and tell us they just ordered that this morning and can’t believe it is here already.”

Local libraries work well together to provide a wonderful service, according to Grove.

“Patrons who have been coming here since they were children and now they bring their kids in,” she said. “We can say, ‘I’ve known your mom or dad since they were your age.’ We always get a nice smile.”

Grove said the library’s biggest accomplishment in recent years is the addition of more than 3,000 square feet in 2018.

“This over doubled the size of our children’s section and gave us an area where we are able to offer programming for all ages,” she said.

Technology has been one of the biggest changes she has seen through the years, Grove said.

“With increased use of online resources, these numbers continue to increase yearly,” she said. “At this time, we have nine public computers for patron use. We also have laptops that are available for checkout and a hotspot for internet use.”
The library has increased teen and adult programming.

“This is enjoyed by all,” Grove said. “I want to thank our wonderful staff both now and past and the library board, who are all very supportive. Being a member of OWLS (Outagamie Waupaca Library System) is so rewarding.”

Scroll to Top