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304 S. Fourth St., Stoughton, WI 53589

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Library Hours : Monday -Thursday 9 to 9 and Friday & Saturday 9 to 5






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The Stoughton Public Library
Your Information & Reference Resource!

The Adult Services Department of Stoughton Public Library provides
reference, informational assistance, and reader’s advisory services to the community and visitors.

Public Services Librarians and Library Assistants are available to assist patrons with inquiries
in-person, by telephone, and via e-mail during all hours the library is open.

In addition, access to on-line librarian reference assistance, on-line databases are available at 24/7.

Check out all the Stoughton Public Library has to offer you!

The Library now offers an online version of Consumer Reports!
Access this databse on your next visit to our library or
from home click on graphic above and login with your library card.













E-Book One on One

Did you get an e-reader for the holidays? Do you want to learn how to download FREE e-books from the library onto your device? The library “E-book Expert” will be happy to assist you in a one-on-one support session.
Call the library at 873-6281 to schedule an appointment.

Make sure to bring your e-reading device and laptop (if you have one).
Call 873-6281 to schedule an appointment.

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Materials & Services

A wide variety of materials are available in the Adult Services Department for patrons to check out.
These items can all be located in the LINKCat Library Catalog. Items available to check out include:


  • Fiction books
  • Books-on-Cassette
  • Nonfiction books
  • Books-on-CD
  • Large Print books
  • Music CDs
  • Books in Spanish/ Libros en Español
  • Computer Software
  • Books in Norwegian
  • Magazines
  • Young Adult books
  • Newspapers
  • Local history materials
  • DVD & VHS Videos


The Adult Services Department also offers extensive materials and services
for use within the library including:


  • Reference collection
  • Access to the Stoughton Area School District computer network
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Tabletop video magnifier
  • Internet access on in-house computers
  • Microfilm reader with printer
  • Microsoft Office on in-house cmoputers
  • Computer printer and scanner
  • Local history & Geneaology reference
  • Magnified computer access
  • Morningstar & Value Line periodicals



The Adult Services Department maintains three display areas, two adult and one young adult, to highlight library materials and events. Displays change bi-weekly and regularly include contemporary and popular themes.

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Is it your Lucky Day?
Check out our Lucky Day Books!

The Lucky Day Collection consists of additional copies of current, high demand best-sellers.

These books are shelved next to the new books on the 2nd floor.

They are available on a walk-in basis only (no holds).

Lucky Day books now check out for 14 days and can be checked out on the Self Check stations.

They are not renewable and late fees are $1.00 per day.

This collection has been made possible due to donations from
the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library.

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A New Lucky Day DVD Collection!!!
The library now has walk-in, no waiting popular DVDs available.

This collection, made possible through grants and donations,
is just getting started and very popular so there is a
limit of 1 DVD per household (at one time) for a 7 day loan.

If returned late, the fee is $1.00 per day.

And remember, because this is a walk-in, no wait collection,
there are no holds or renewals available to allow for a quick turn-around.

Please return Lucky Day DVDs promptly to the Stoughton Public Library, if possible.
This will help limit any delays in making the DVD available for the next viewer.

Titles in this collection will change often depending on what's in high demand.

April is just beginning and we've been adding new DVDs atleast twice monthly since January.
We are now approaching more than 80 titles in the collection.

Recent additions:
Saving Mr. Banks, Baggage Claim, The Wolf on Wall Street and more.

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Programs & Events
The Adult Services Department offers programming and training for adults and young adults year-round. General training in the use of the LINKCat library catalog, Library OnLine Computer Management Software, various on-line databases including our newest addition, the Chilton's auto repair database, the Internet, and other computer programs is offered as time permits whenever the library is open. Additionally, detailed training in these information sources is available by appointment with the Public Services Librarian and also offered at specific training dates and times throughout the year. Adult book discussion groups meet monthly. Library Programs for Teens are offered periodically throughout the year and a Teen Summer Reading Program is ongoing throughout the summer months (June-August). Watch our website for information about new programs for Adult and Teens.

Adult Library Program and Events

Adult Book Discussions
Fourth Tuesday of the Month
at 7 pm

Click here for details.


Stoughton Public Library presents
Music on the Mezz

“Singing the Good Old Songs Again.”

Jackie Davidson & Gary Brandt
Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.

in a free performance on the Mezzanine
at the Stoughton Public Library.

If you like the music of Harry Chapin, John Denver, Jim Croce, Woody Guthrie, Gordon Lightfoot, and Peter, Paul & Mary,
you’ll love hearing the talents of Jackie and Gary. (Jackie was once a member of the New Christy Minstrels!)

Enjoy the sounds of a 12 string guitar, 5 sting banjo, harmonica and vocal harmonies, with a bit of humor thrown in.

Jackie & Gary combine classic and original folk songs in an energetic, entertaining and fun show!
Lots of audience interaction, participation, humor and an audience sing-along medley.
A memorable musical experience for all!

Additional information about Jackie & Gary
can be found at their website, www.jackieandgary.com

  ~ The Music on the Mezz Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library ~


Movie Matinee
Stay Tuned!

Click here for the details.

Sponsored by the Stoughton Optimist Club.

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Adult Craft Club
The club requires no previous skills in any particular craft,
we won’t let the craft get the better of you!


Thursday, April 3, 6:30-8 pm

The Stoughton Craft Club takes on ZENTANGLES to create a craft.
Teens are welcome to attend with an adult.

What is a "Zentangle"?

Registration recommended 608-873-6281.


Mosaic Garden Stones

Thursday, May 1, 6:30-8pm

The Stoughton Craft Club takes on Mosaic Garden Stones and creates a craft.

This craft involves broken dishes and cement!

Teens are welcome to attend with an adult.

Registration required, call 608-873-6281.


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History of the Hess Cooperage
Thursday, March 13, 6:30 pm

Gary Hess and cousin Jim Hess at one of their Hess Cooperage presentations. 

Take a trip back in time with Jim and Gary Hess, grandsons of Frank J. Hess, of the Frank J. Hess and Sons Cooperage.
Known as Wisconsin’s largest independent cooperage, they manufactured and repaired beer kegs
for the Fauerbach, Hausmann and Breckheimer breweries in Madison. 

Click here for more about the Hess Cooperage.

No registration required.


To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now

Saturday, April 5, 2pm
Carnegie Room at the Library

The most famous playwright in the English language was also an actor, a student, and a very human Man of His Age.
Portrayed by actor Ron Scot Fry, Shakespeare comes to life with an interactive, participation-driven performance.
This program is appropriate for all ages.


Writing Series: Worldbuilding

Saturday, April 12, 2-3pm
Carnegie Room at the Library

Local author Sarah Monette will give advice on creating a believable world in your stories.
This workshop would be helpful for any writer of fiction or narrative non-fiction,
but especially useful for writers of science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction.

For adults as well as teens in grades 6 and up.
No registration required.

Be sure to join us for Sarah’s book signing afterwards on the Mezzanine level.

Book Signing on the Mezz

“The Goblin Emperor”
by Katherine Addison

Saturday, April 12, 3:00-3:45 pm

Local author Sarah Monette, writing under the pen name Katherine Addison,
will read a selection from her new book “The Goblin Emperor.”

"A Room of One’s Own" bookstore will sell copies of her book for you to have signed by the author.

Enjoy free refreshments.

No registration required.


Job Hunting with WorkSmart
Tuesday, April 15, 2pm

Looking for a job?
Join two representatives from the WorkSmart program and learn how to use the Job Center of Wisconsin website
and basic tips and information on unemployment.

No registration required.


Writing Series: Query Letter

Saturday, May 3, 10-11 am
Carnegie Room at the Library

Are you thinking of submitting your work to agents or editors as you seek publication?
Learn how to avoid common mistakes and craft a good query letter that frames your work in its best light.

For adults as well as teens in grades 6 and up.
No registration required.

Stoughton Public Library offers wireless internet access.

Libraries throughout the United States are known as a source for free high-speed Internet access for the public. By adding wireless capability to the Stoughton Publc Library it is allowing us to extend this free service to the residents of our community.

Surfing the internet, doing on-line research, keeping in touch with family and friends by email,
or creating your own blog has never been more accessible.

Just bring in your wireless-enabled device (laptop, PDA, smart phones, etc.) and utilize the Internet connection throughout
the library. If your devices battery is not charged up, electrical outlets are built right into the tables on the Mezzanine Level.

Wireless access is available for your use during all hours that library is open.
Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Offering wireless access is a great way for the library to expand services and allow more people access to the library’s
high-speed Internet connection without the expense of additional computers. Many patrons who enjoy using the computers at the library because the connection speed is faster than their home service.
Wireless is another feature that helps make it just that much easier for our patrons to make a connection.

Wireless users will be held to the library’s acceptable use agreement concerning Internet content and must be able to use their own device and set up a wireless connection independently.

An information sheet with connection information is available at the library’s Reference Desk on the second floor
or click here for the .pdf version.

Please visit the Stoughton Public Library and try out this great service.

Stoughton’s Library Stories Film


Click here to view the film hosted on the WSTO website
or check out a copy from the library!

The Stoughton Public Library proudly presents a community based film using multiple interviews of everyday Stoughton residents, and a few local celebrities, telling their library stories including how libraries
have made an impact on their lives.

This film shows how the Library impacts the lives of Stoughton residents. Viewing the film is a great step in celebrating “September as Library Card Sign Up Month”. Help celebrate the value of the library by watching friends and neighbors tell their story, getting your own library card, and taking in the wealth of information available to you through your local library.




"Life Transitions" Collection @ Stoughton Public Library

Beyond the Page

The National Endowment for the Humanities


The Madison Community Foundation