Cornerstone Event

The Cornerstone Award is shaped like a glass obelisk

The Cornerstone Award is given annually to an individual or individuals who have had a significant and long-term impact on enhancing public libraries in South Central Wisconsin and represent the values and mission of the South Central Library System Foundation.

SCLS Foundation's Cornerstone Event is it's premier fundraising celebration. Through The Campaign to Enhance Public Libraries, the SCLS Foundation raises funds to support its 54 member libraries located across seven counties. With past support, the SCLS Foundation has been able to support the digitization of historical material for public use, acquire video equipment to record virtual programs that can be viewed over and over, and purchase downloadable books, magazines, and videos for everyone to relish.

For more information, contact Martha Van Pelt, South Central Library System Director, (608) 246-7975.

In Memoriam

Bob Blitzke, SCLS Delivery Services Manager 1979 - 2008, SCLS Foundation Development Coordinator, and 2011 SCLS Foundation Cornerstone Award recipient, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Bob was the architect of the SCLS Delivery System, which is a national model that serves libraries statewide. He also played a vital role in the creation of the SCLS Foundation, serving as the development coordinator for two years.

Bob was a beloved colleague and those of us who had the honor of working with him at SCLS remember his gentle voice, good humor, kindness, creativity, and curiosity. We hold his wife, Jane Grogan, retired Circulation Services Manager at the Madison Public Library, in our hearts and thoughts.