Bookdrop is now OPEN for returns

We have opened the outside library bookdrop for patrons to return materials. When returning, please do not rubber band or bag items, this may cause them to get stuck.
Please note we are NOT accepting donations at this time.

If you have questions please call the library at 715-325-8990.

Thank you

Renee Daley

Word of the Week and Random Fact:

Word of the Week and Random Fact:
Constellate (verb) [kon-stuh-leyt]
To cluster together, gather together.
Random Fact:
Drying your hands with paper towel will reduce the bacterial count by 45-60% on your hands. However, using a hand dryer will increase the bacteria on your hands by up to 255% because it blows out the bacteria already living in the, conveniently, warm moist environment.
Have a great week!

Looking for Volunteers

The library is looking for volunteers for when we reopen. We are looking for door counters, book shelvers, cleaners, and someone to help with curbside pickup. If you are interested in helping at the library, please call Renee at 715-325-8990 or email at

We hope to see you soon and thank you for your patience.

Word and Random Fact for the Week:

Word of the Week:

Foofaraw (noun) [foo-fuh-raw]
A great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.

Random Fact:
When someone tickles you, the laughter is a panic response. That's why you can't tickle yourself, as your body never senses any real danger.

Have a great week!

Word and Random Fact for the Week

Word of the week:

Quincunx (noun) [kwin-kunks]
An arrangement of five things in a square.

Random Fact:
Wrigley's was originally a soap company that gifted baking powder with their soap. The baking powder became more popular than the soap so they switched to selling baking powder with chewing gum as a gift. The gum became more popular than the baking powder so the company switched to selling gum.

Have a great week!

Random Fact and Word for the Week

We hope everyone is staying home and safe. The library is offering curbside pickup and we will try to accommodate everyone's request. Thank you for your patience!

Random Fact for the Week:
The reflex that causes people to sneeze when looking at the sun is called Autosomal-dominant Compelling Helio-Opthalmic Outburst Syndrome, which abbreviates to ACHOO.

Word of the Week:
Rechauffe (noun) [rey-shoh-fey]     A warmed up dish of food.

Have a great week!

Curbside Pickup Service at the Library

The library will be offering curbside pickup per the Governor’s Safe at Home order, but with certain limitations. Because of these limitations, it will take some time to meet demand. We thank you for your patience as we move forward with this process.

To support social distancing efforts, the library is operating with very limited staff. The staff will fill your holds placed as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

At the moment, van delivery amongst the libraries is suspended and may only be running on a very limited basis in the near future. You can search the catalog for Rome items at Please make sure you pick Lester Library of Rome as your “home” library. 

  • Pickups MUST be scheduled.

  • No library staff/patron face to face interaction.

  • Requests can be made by accessing LinkCat, phone or email at

  • A maximum number of 3 items may be checked out on each library card. This may change in the future.

Please call the library at 715-325-8990 to schedule a pickup beginning April 28th.
We will be taking calls:

  • Monday-10am-3pm

  • Tuesday - 10am-3pm

  • Wednesday - 10am-5pm

  • Thursday - 10am-3pm

Pickup Times
Pickup times will be scheduled every 15 minutes. If you miss your scheduled pickup time, your items will be removed from your account and returned to the shelf. Materials will be checked out to the patron account prior to pickup. At your scheduled time, patrons will walk to the library’s front glass doors and will be asked to show id/library card. Library staff will verify patron and then place materials on a table outside of the door for patrons to pick up. Weather will play a factor in offering curbside pickup. If it is raining or inclement weather, we will suspend the service.

  • Tuesdays - 10am-3pm

  • Wednesdays - 12pm-5pm

  • Thursdays - 10am-3pm

 Please do not attempt to use curbside pickup to return materials. The library bookdrop is closed and no items are to be returned at this time. Due dates will automatically be extended, and Rome is a fine free library. The Lester Public Library of Rome remains closed to the public. The lobby, restrooms, computers, and others spaces will not be accessible.

Bookdrop is not available

The library bookdrop is now CLOSED and we are asking patrons to please keep all materials until we reopen.  We are also asking patrons to NOT leave donations of any kind outside of the library. We are hoping to accept donations once the library reopens.

Thank you for you patience and understanding.

Renee Daley
Director, Lester Public Library of Rome

Access to free Wi-Fi

We realize many of our patrons have limited access to Wi-Fi in their homes and often rely on the library to download materials, read emails, etc. Please remember if you need to use the internet, you can access the library Wi-Fi for free in our parking lot and in the back of the building on the patio. Simply click on "Library Wireless" and you are ready to go.

For those of you who are traveling, here is a link for "free" or open wifi locations around the state put out by the Public Service Commission’s State Broadband Office and the Department of Public Instruction.

Library Board Meeting

Monday, June 1, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am
community room

The Library Board will be meeting to discuss the reopening plan for the library. The meeting will be held in the community room and the public is welcome to attend. We ask that you please follow social distancing and only 10 people will be allowed in the building at a time. The library will remain closed to the public.

Library Agenda