Automated Circulation

Our first year of operation has surpassed our expectations, we have exceeded 9,000 checkouts in 11 months. Our initial goal was around 300 check outs a month, maybe 400 if we were super busy. However, we are averaging just over 800 check outs a month. Because of this we are hoping to automate the circulation system of RedLou. Currently, we use paper and pencil. After a busy stop it takes 1-2 hours to enter everything into the system after we leave the stop. By automating the system, RedLou will be free to make additional stops throughout the area. Patrons will be able to view what items they have checked out and place items on hold much more easily. We will need a computer, scanners, receipt printers, barcode labels and protectors, and a subscription to a library cataloging system. The cost will be around $8,000 and lots of volunteer hours converting to an automated system.

Interested in supporting

RedLou Library?

We are a nonprofit, tax exempt corporation striving to build community through literacy. We welcome support in carrying out our mission. There are many ways you can support RedLou Library.


If you would be interested in being a volunteer for RedLou Library by assisting Mary at a scheduled stop, processing books, shelving, and many other ways please email or give her a call. If I am unable to answer the phone please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible. 608 632 6048


Those contributing $10,000 or more are considered sponsors and their logo is displayed prominently on the exterior of the van. The logo also appears on the donation page of the RedLou website. Sponsorship also includes a photo and article in our quarterly newsletter, a photo in the “photo gallery” of the web page, and an article in the local newspaper.

Three Methods to Contribute

You can send a check or

monetary donation to:

Viroqua Area Foundation,

P.O. Box 262,

Viroqua, WI 54665

Be sure to write RedLou Fund on the memo line of your check. Click on the button below to donate through PayPal. Then click on "Ways to Give"

Use the button below to order materials from the RedLou wish list. They will be sent to RedLou upon your order.

Use the button below to contribute to the RedLou fundraising page at First Book. These donations will be used to purchase children's books.

Donating Used Magazines

If you have magazines that you would like to get rid of RedLou is happy to take them off your hands. To make arrangements to donate, email Mary Mulvaney-Kemp at or phone 608 632 6048

Donating Used Books

We welcome and appreciate donations of used books. Items must be in good to excellent condition. We are currently looking for large print adult fiction and nonfiction, board books and childrens picture books. To make arrangements to donate, email Mary Mulvaney-Kemp at or phone 608 632 6048


and keep the

awesome donations coming!