The Three Lakes Public Library Foundation is the 501(c)3 fundraising agency for the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library. It was established in 2003, and was the lead agency in fundraising both for the building renovation and addition. The foundation works to keep the doors of the library open to the community.
The Three Lakes Public Library Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation. The organization is governed by a board of directors comprised of volunteers dedicated to helping the community through the improvement of the library.
Donations to the building fund or contributions to the Foundation may be remitted and mailed to:
P O Box 283
Or dropped off at the Library. Thank you for your support.
- Robert Werner, President
- Rosie Obukowicz, Secretary
- Nancy Kimla, Treasurer
- Dianna Blicharz, member
- Kathleen Weyenberg – member
To enhance the value of the Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library as a community resource. The Foundation helps develop and promote lifelong learning in Three Lakes through advocacy and the securing of funds.
The Foundation selectively supports positive, high quality activities such as adult and children’s learning programs, public access computer hardware and software, special collections, library furnishings and continuing education for library staff.
- Initiates funding and endowment opportunities
- Identifies and funds special projects and services
- Inspires community interest and involvement
Building Campaign Results:
In 2013 the Three Lakes Public Library Foundation took on the role as the lead fundraising organization towards the Demmer Library’s vision to remodel and expand the existing building. By 2016, the foundation had raised $1 million and Three Lakes voters approved a referendum for up to $900,000 in tax payer dollars to make the vision a reality.
The building campaign continued throughout construction. On February 25, 2019, the Demmer Library opened the doors of the remodeled $2.2 million building, with no remaining debt and fully furnished by the foundation. A grand opening celebration was held the following summer, and the donor wall including the names of all those who contributed to the construction was dedicated.
The building campaign has ended, but the foundation continues to raise funds towards the exterior landscaping, a solar project, and other ongoing improvements to the Demmer Library’s building and programs.