We are able to offer many of our programs thanks to a strong partnership with the South Beloit Public Library. Library Director Brenda Weinberg recently answered questions about the partnership’s value to the community and what’s in store for the future.

How long has this partnership existed?

  • The library and The Confluence have been working together since Nature At The Confluence opened in 2017. Doreen Dalman, former Library Director, and Therese Oldenburg, founding Executive Director, shared a passion for nature and learning. Julie and I try to carry on and build on that partnership.

Can you envision ways to expand?

  • We are currently brainstorming a summer book club for adults, although we don’t have a title for it yet. The club will meet at The Confluence for 90 minutes, including 30 minutes of quiet reading, 30 minutes discussing books you’ve read with a review of what you liked and didn’t like, and 30 minutes of walking the trails together. We realized there’s a lot of children’s programming at the library already. This would be a chance for solitude, connection and exercise for adults, without a big commitment or pressure.

How is the partnership important for the community?

  • We share common goals–primarily education, but also wellness and health. Combining those lends itself to improving and enriching people’s lives. We’re dedicated to sharing the best use of resources available for free or at low cost for our community members.

We are so grateful for Brenda and the team of library staff and board members for this sustained partnership. Our programs that are made possible by support from the South Beloit Public Library include Friday Nature Friends weekly summer story time, Meet Me at the Confluence Summer Opening, Fall Family Day, Holiday Tree Lighting, Winter Dazzle Day, and the traveling Story Walk. The library also lends materials, such as books and board games, for our events. This year we will partner together with Welty Environmental Center on April 7th for a total solar eclipse program, in which the library is supplying eclipse viewing glasses.

Pictured: Brenda reading during Friday Nature Friends, Summer 2023.


Published January 2024