Fontanelle has one of the more active and complete libraries for a community of its size in the area and a group of people have begun a group to make sure things stay that way.
Kristen Jensen is spearheading efforts to begin the Friends of the Fontanelle Library. They’re a group that has been in the making for awhile but they just had their first meeting last month.
“I served on the [Library] Board several years ago and knew there were always events that we wanted to do for the community but just weren’t able to do that,” Jensen said. “I decided to start a group to help assist the library in scheduling more events to get the community more involved. We’ve had several events already started [out of our one meeting].”
The Friends have scheduled a couple of movie days in December. On Sunday, Dec. 17, “Polar Express” will play at 4:30 p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 28, students on Christmas Break can watch “Home Alone” at the library at 3:30 p.m. Movies have free admission but popcorn and a water cost $1.
Ahead of that, the Friends will help with Fontanelle’s Christmas festivities on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Secret Santa Shop will be at the library where preschoolers to middle schoolers will be able to buy and wrap gifts for a loved one for 25¢ from 10 a.m. to noon. Santa arrives at 11:30 a.m.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day will be the annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at the community center adjacent to the fire station. In January, a chili cook-off is in the works.
According to Library Director Melissa Menefee, the library has many offerings for a variety of people. Recently, the library had over 400 movie titles donated and those DVDs will be available for rental soon.
The library made renovations and built an addition in the late 2000s. Jensen says the Friends have a list of events they’d like to try at the library and are excited to possibly make them happen.
“We just wanted something that all families and all individuals are able to get involved and support the library in any way they could,” Jensen said. “I think we’re blessed to have such a beautiful library. The Board worked really hard at the time to improve the library and make it a hub for the town. Anything we can do to give back, keep it going and keep it viable, that’s what we want to do.”