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Honored for 46 years of service
Francis Cherney receives ‘Cornerstone Award’

Francis Cherney has served public libraries since 1969, and on Nov. 20, 2014, he was honored for his efforts as the recipient of the South Central Library System Foundation Cornerstone Award.

“There is no more deserving recipient than Francis Cherney,” said former SCLS Foundation Board President Janet Pugh. “We are honored tonight to be able to recognize Francis for his selfless service to public libraries in Wood County, throughout the South Central Library System, and across Wisconsin. I’ve known and worked with Francis for years, and this is a fitting tribute to a selfless supporter of public libraries.”

The award is given 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 SCLS Foundation

Francis began his public service in 1969 when he started a six-year stint as the town clerk. It was during this time that he started on the Wood County Library Board, serving ever since. He later became a member of the Wisconsin Valley Library System board, and served there until Wood County joined the South Central Library System. He has served as a member of the South Central Library System Board since that time.

In addition to this library service, former Gov. Jim Doyle appointed Francis to the Council on Libraries and Network Development.

Francis was a frequent participant in National Library Legislative Day in Washington, DC, as a member of the South Central Board. He has also been very involved in the Wood County Farm Bureau Board.

This sixth annual Cornerstone Award Reception continued a fundraising tradition that has raised more than $75,000 for the foundation.

“The annual Cornerstone Award fundraising reception is a great way to celebrate public libraries and honor an individual for a lifetime of work,” said Cindy Fesemyer, Foundation Board president.


Middleton, Portage & Verona receive awards

Middleton, Portage, and Verona Public Libraries received the first of three new awards presented by the SCLS Foundation in recognition of their efforts in 2014.

The awards were presented Nov. 20 during the 2014 Cornerstone Award Reception at the 5100 Bar in McFarland. The awards and their nomination descriptions are below. Photos from the event are available on the SCLS Facebook Page.