Friends of the Library
The Gibson Memorial Library will be spending the week of Oct. 18-24 celebrating its Friends of the Library group as part of the annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.
The Friends of the Creston Public Library was first mentioned in minutes from a library board meeting in 1996, and it is from those minutes we can see the origins of the group. “A Friends of the Library group is in the making, (with then board member) Don Hall offering to assist in its beginnings,” wrote 1996 Board secretary Kris Kerrigan. In June 1996, Kerrigan recorded, “the Friends of the Library met to get acquainted and to discuss and develop their bylaws…” and they would meet again later in that month.
The Friends of the Library has donated a significant amount of money for the library to date to assist with programming and unforeseen expenses outside of the library’s general budget including desks for the staff, chairs for patrons to use in the library and all unmet needs the library may have.
Currently, over 131 community members contribute annually to the Friends, and 15 of those members sit on the Friends of the Library Board.
The Friends of the Library Board actively volunteer their time to assist with the group toward fundraising efforts that include: the annual cookie bouquets for Valentine’s Day, Scholastic Book Fair on the 4th of July and their used book sale held on Balloon Day’s weekend in the fall. The Friends of the Library Board donates books every year to the local area preschools to ensure every child has a book at home.
Officers of the organization are: Julie Schieffer, president;áJudy Hoakison, vice president; Cynthia Blakely, corresponding secretary; Kay Raymond, recording secretary; Jan Dillinger, treasurer; Sarah King, student representative; Caprial Norton, student representative.
Celebration activities include special “love letters” to the Friends by the library staff and patrons that will be posted throughout the library for all to view.
“Our library would be much poorer without the Friends,” said Library Director Aric Bishop. “I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends of the Library.”
For more information contact the library at 641-782-2277, visit the Library’s Facebook page or website: www.creston.lib.ia.us to learn more about the week’s activities, and to find out how to become a member of the Friends. For more information about the national group visit www.ala.org/united.
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Highland Highlights 4-H
Oct. 11 was Highland Highlights 4-H club’s first meeting of the 2020-21 year. The meeting was about 45 minutes long; following the meeting was roadside cleanup which was about 30 minutes long. This year’s 2020-21 Highland Highlights officers are: Mallory Tallmon, president; Halle Evans, vice president; Abby Tallmon, secretary; Keegan Bailey, treasurer; Lilly James, reporter.