To reduce the spread of the virus, the Benton Public Library is closed until further notice.

All programs are postponed until further notice.

Patrons can access ebooks and audiobooks through Wisconsin’s Digital Library available on the Overdrive or Libby apps, learn more about this online resource by visiting

LINK: Information on why we are closing.

Moving forward, we will follow the guidelines from Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.



Grant Approved for Preserving Our Past Project

We are proud to announce that the library has received a grant from the Benton Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. to support the Preserving Our Past Project: Wisconsin Newspaper Archive.

Within the next year, patrons will have online access to the full catalog of Benton’s historical newspapers. The Benton Community Fund has awarded 2 grants within the past 4 years making the to total received $6,729. More information will be released in the coming year when the content will be available.

This grant is made available from the Community Foundation’s Benton Community Fund. Since its inception, The Benton Community Fund has awarded over $105,000 in grants to improve and enhance the community. The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin is a resource for area nonprofit organizations whose programs and services are working for the betterment of our communities. Grants from the Benton Community Fund Have Supported the arts, education, environment, health and human services and historic preservation.

For more information on how you can support your community through the Community Foundation, contact Linda Gebhardt at or the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, 800-995-2379, or visit the website The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin serves eight Wisconsin counties: Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Rock, Vernon, and Walworth. For good. For ever.

Thank You to The Benton Community Fund!

The history of Benton is at your fingertips.

Currently you can access the digital versions of the newspapers at the library. There are digital versions of The Benton Mining Times (1894 1900) and The Benton Advocate (1901-1959) for patrons to browse on our library computers. Schedule time to look through our bound newspapers housed at the library.

The Benton Village Board is embarking on the task of building a june2019_newlib

This Community Center building will facilitate; (1) new space for the library and museums; (2) centralized government offices; and (3) spaces for public or private meetings, gatherings, and family celebrations.

Along with FEH Design and the Core Planning Committee, the library will provide any new information on future developments.
We will keep you posted on what is pushing Benton forward.

Summer Library Program


Universe of Stories

Thank You to all of the families who attended this year. We had a great turnout!

Below are pictures from our 2019 meetups.

Check out the library card catalog website to find more information on the book we are reading! –


Thanks to the following Project Preserving Our Past Donors
Rita McCarthy and Connor
Phoebe McCrea and family members (Harold’s herd)
Jim and Idain Carter
John (Elaine)Carter, Karan Carter (Ray) Piper, Joan Carter(Bob) Havertape and Jean Carter (Phil) Christensen
Steve and Judy Wilson
Gary and Patti Alexander McCauley
Don Probst

Country Living

Midwest Living
National Geographic for Kids
National Geographic

Simple & Delicious

PRESERVING OUR PAST The project goal is to preserve our past by using technology to save it for the future.
The method we are using is the digitization
historical  materials including but not limited to yearbooks, newspapers, photos, community memorabilia.  We want to include Benton, New Diggings ,Leadmine, Aetna and Buncombe. If you have materials you think would be of interest contact the library. All original items will be returned.

Currently we have The Mining Times which was the first newspaper (Dec 1894 – Jan 1986) and( June 1896 to Dec 1900) on a thumb drive and are it copying to cds.
The cost for the Mining Times  was  paid with donations. The Benton Advocate will cost approximately $4,200.
The library received a $1,00.00 grant from Alliant Energy to assist in digitizing
the Benton Advocate. The library will be seeking additional funds to continue with this project. This phase of the project will cover the years from June 1901 to March of 1959.

Benton Public Library and the Benton School District have yearbooks from 1950 to 1999 on cds. We have Benton Blasts which are  in the process of being scanned to cds
and we are looking for pre 1950 yearbooks and any from Leadmine Grade School and New Diggings High School.

For more information, contact Michele Anderson, Library Director at 608-759-2665 or


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