Brenda Brant’s service to Eau Claire’s downtown library began in her teen years when she worked as a page. Later on in college, she worked at both the McIntyre and L.E. Phillips Memorial Public libraries, preparing (and repairing) books for circulation. From there, Brant’s relationship with the library flourished as she actively participated in countless library events and programs. Ten years ago, Brant joined the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, an organization built to enhance and support the library through fundraising and volunteer efforts, helping to provide the Eau Claire community with additional equipment, programs. and services.
Over the years, Brant has served the Friends of the Library as board Secretary, Vice President, and President. In that time, she harnessed her technical and professional skills to create a crucial donation database. She has also advised on ways to modernize and make the organization more efficient so even more can be given back to the library. Her work has truly moved the library forward, helping countless individuals along the way.
In addition to her time with the Friends organization, Brant has also served on the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Board of Directors, advocating for the library (and libraries in general) in a myriad of ways, such as traveling to Madison and speaking with legislators about the importance of libraries to Wisconsin’s communities.
Of her work, Brant says, “I’m proud of the volunteer work I’ve done so far because not only has it helped me grow professionally and personally, but I believe I really have made a difference for something I’m passionate about. The library is so much more than a building. It’s a vibrant, ever changing and evolving space. I’m so lucky to have this library in my life, and I hope to continue to work with others to make it even better.”