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Spooner Community Powered Project

"Rivers to the People" sculpture by Sara Balbin, installed in 2002

What is Community Powered?

Community Powered is an initiative of Wisconsin Humanities that harnesses the stories, histories, and strengths of communities to build community resilience.

Over 2022-2023, Community Powered has partnered with the Spooner Memorial Library and libraries or cultural organizations in three other Wisconsin communities: Appleton, Racine, and Forest County Potawatomi.

Community Powered has hired four recent humanities college graduates with roots in each community to return home and help the communities work toward a local project that meets each community’s needs.

Together, Emily Riewestahl (our Project Coordinator), Spooner Memorial Library, and other organizations and citizens in Spooner will work together to develop locally meaningful projects.

Older Veteran Saluting. Photo by Sydney Rae on Unsplash

Stories From Those Who Served

Hear stories from our Veterans collected at the 2022 Washburn County Fair. Coming Soon!

Spooner Downtown

Help Spooner Grow!

Learn about what people have to say about our community’s strengths, resources, and needs.


I-SPY StoryWalk

Join us in the spring for the downtown Spooner StoryWalk! You can use your cell phone to participate in an interactive I-SPY game while you read and walk. See downtown Spooner in a new light as you connect with the shapes in our city.

Photo Collage from Fall History Harvest

"We are History in The Making" History Harvest

Listen to stories about meaningful objects in the Spooner area. These histories were collected during the History Harvest event on December 3rd, 2022. Learn about our upcoming Spring History Event!

Teens decorate bags with representations of what community means to them.

Teen Powered Lock-in

Learn about the Teen Powered Lock-in and the community projects that the teens developed during the event. 


Community Powered is made possible thanks to a Capacity Building Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Other financial support is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a generous private donor.

Spooner Memorial Library
421 High Street
Spooner, WI 54801
Phone:  715.635.2792
Fax:  715.635.2147