Tuesday, 19 June, 2018


Helping Out @your Library

By Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director

There are two organizations that help support the library: Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation. The primary goal of the Foundation is to provide a convenient and effective channel through which donors can contribute to an endowment. The Foundation is having an event in the near future where they invite the public to join them in the lobby on June 18 from 11 am-1 pm for cookies and lemonade and to enter a drawing for a bee related basket of goodies. The Foundation pays for Saturday Story Time and much of the summer programming for children. They also contribute the funds for purchasing the books for Rapids Reads and program speakers for the event.

The Friends help support the library’s mission, and enhance the library’s resources and services. The Used Bookstore is a Friends initiative so if you have ever put money in the silver box in the know that that  money comes back to the Friends to help support the library. Recently, funds from the Friends purchased the awesome new book display and water fountain near the bathrooms. They hold an annual meeting each year in early summer where the membership gets a review of the year, officers are elected, and everyone enjoys a catered meal. The 2018 annual meeting was held last week. You can become a member of the Friends by contributing funds. Pick up a donation envelope in the library or Used Bookstore.  

Both the Friends and the Foundation assist with the used book sale during Tall Timber Days, this year August 3, 4, and 5. 


Upcoming Programs @your Library

Monday,  June 11: Summer Monday Book Time! At 10:00 a.m. join Tracy in the Story Circle for stories, songs, rhymes, and flannel board fun! Then move to the Community Room for a snack and a craft.


Monday, June 11, 3:30 p.m.: Summer Artastic! Join Ms. Betsy to create fireflies in a jar using watercolors! All ages welcome, under 6 must be accompanied by an adult; space is limited; call to 327-8823 to register.


Tuesday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.: Lego Club! Are you a kid who likes to build? Come build with us! We provide the Legos, you provide the imagination. Open to everybody. Legos will be displayed in the library between sessions.


Thursday, June 14, 4:00 p.m.: Join us for Page Turners, our new Summer Book Club for kids. Pick up the book at the Children’s Desk, while supplies last. Read the book and join us for conversation, fun, and snacks!


Thursday, June 14, 6:00 p.m.: GRIMBA. Members of the Grand Rapids and Itasca Mountain Biking Association (GRIMBA) will present the latest on biking in our area. They will offer tutorials on a variety of mountain and fat tire biking gear, and provide an update on local trails and recreational projects in the community.


Friday, June 15, 10:30 a.m.: Tiny Explorers! This program is geared towards our littlest patrons, ages birth to 23 months. Sensory experiences will be available for babies to explore in a safe environment. Meet other caregivers! Registration begins June 1.


Saturday, June 16: Saturday Story Time. At 10:15 and 11:15 it’s Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for story time fun, then move to the Community Room for a snack and a craft! Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending.