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Army Community Service Resource 
Library offers readiness information

Members of the Fort McCoy community who want information about readiness issues for Soldiers, civilian employees and their families are welcome to come to the Army Community Service (ACS) Center 2111 South 8th Ave., where the ACS Resource Library has a wide variety of materials available with relevant information.

Photo: A  view of the Army Community Service Resource Library, which offers information about readiness. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
A view of the Army Community Service Resource Library, which offers information about readiness. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Lori Enghusen, ACS Information and Referral Program Manager, said the ACS Resource Library is designed to meet specific needs or provide specific materials that may not be readily addressed or available in a traditional library setting.

"We have lots of resources," Enghusen said. "We are adding to the library whenever we can. The resources are acquired based upon the ACS mission."

The Resource Library has books, videos, audio cassette tapes, DVDs and CDs, Enghusen said. ACS is upgrading the videos and audio cassette tapes to DVDs and CDs as appropriate resources and funding are identified and received.

Library cards aren’t required, but patrons are asked to provide basic contact information. Enghusen said all information provided is kept confidential in accordance with Privacy Act Laws and is for staff use only.

Information is available about topics such as Finance, Self-Improvement, Volunteers, Employment, Education, Family Advocacy, Parenting, and Relocation. A new Consumer Affairs section also is available. Customer input is welcome to help ACS purchase new items, she said. There is no charge to check out any of the materials.

The Resource Library also participates in the Family Focus Program. Families who participate in the program and use the Library receive Family Focus Franks. Each month ACS spotlights featured books that can be checked out and read to earn Family Focus Franks.

For January, the spotlighted books will focus on preparing for deployment, which helps Soldiers and families to better cope with the challenges of being deployed. Featured titles, include "Home Fires Burning," "Heroes At Home," "Down Range – To Iraq And Back," "Separated by Duty, United By Love," "The Homefront Club," and "101 Ways To Be A Long Distance Super Dad … Or Mom, Too."

Eligible families can earn 200 Family Focus Franks and a Military Family Personal Organizer for checking out "Spotlight Materials." They can earn 100 Family Focus Franks for checking out any of the many other resource materials available. 

Monthly featured books are limited to a one-week check out while all other materials may be checked out for 30 days.

Family Focus Franks can be redeemed at ACS for McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored prizes.

For more information about the Resource Library, stop by ACS or call ACS at (608) 388-3505.

(Submitted by Army Community Service.)



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