Library's work spread into the community
What a great year 2013 was for the Friends of the Clear Lake Public Library with new initiatives to spread the work of the library into our community.
The Little Free Library opened in Central Gardens in September, and community members were delighted with the opportunity to utilize this free book exchange for readers of all ages. The Friends also sponsored or purchased the following:
• The Summer Reading Program, in which more than 400 children and teens participated.
• The Winter Reading Program for kids and adults with more than 100 participants.
• The 25th Annual Iowa Storytelling Festival.
• The Scholastic Book Fair.
• Newly reupholstered chairs for the adult department.
• The always popular Dr. Seuss Birthday party.
• The library’s first annual Grandparents’ Day Celebration.
• The Friends fund the library’s subscription to the TumbleBookLibrary, an online collection of animated, talking picture books, chapter book with narration and e-books and audio books for older children.
• The Friends also assist in funding the library’s FREEGAL downloadable music resource and Zinio downloadable magazines.
The Friends Board spent the fall planning special quasquicentennial events to make our 125th anniversary year memorable. The response to the fundraising drive for the “Stories Are Forever” sculpture has been amazing with nearly 50 percent of current Friends members contributing to date. There is still time to donate prior to the sculpture’s June installation.
All are encouraged to sign up for the library’s Fourth Street Book Club with its 125 book Quasquicentennial Challenge. Individuals, families and groups can register for this club and keep a log of books read or listened to during 2014. All persons and groups reading 125 books or more by Dec. 15 will be honored at a special reception.
The Friends have planned some exceptional anniversary programs including a presentation by Surf Ballroom historian Jonas Westover on Feb. 1, a performance by beloved storyteller Al Batt on April 14, and a September visit by bestselling and award winner mystery author William Kent Krueger.
Friends membership follows the calendar year, so now is the time to renew for 2014. Our hardworking and creative Friends Board members include President Jeanne Burgart, Vice-President/Book Sale Chair Rhonda Juhlin; Treasurer Wade Nielsen; Secretary Jill Bale; Joyce Benes; Nancy Bleuer; Bob Huntington; Laura Nicholson; Naomi Nowland and Tammy Orte. Contact any of these individuals to find out more about the Friends and how you can be involved in this vital community organization.