Friends of the Howard Lake Library put fundraising money to good use
By Jennifer Gallus
The Howard Lake Public Library is continually striving to offer new features for patrons to enjoy and the new assistant librarian, Karen Borrell, is having a great time keeping up with those changes.
Borrell is from Waverly and is a retired Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted elementary school teacher.
“This is my dream job,” Borrell said. “I love to read. I get to see all the new books that come in, and I enjoy all the patrons,” she added.
“I see a lot of my former students so that’s really fun,” Borrell said.
In addition to a new assistant librarian, the library recently received new furniture and a rug for the children’s area, as well as new media shelving for DVD and VHS movies, and music CDs from the Friends of the Howard Lake Library.
The group fundraises a few times per year with the major fundraiser being the book/food sale during Good Neighbor Days, according to Friends of the Howard Lake Library Secretary/Treasurer Sue Claessen.
“We were lucky; this year, Thrivent Financial matched the money raised during Good Neighbor Days. That was very generous,” Claessen said.
Free-will donations are ongoing year-long. In the past, the library has also received memorial gifts.
One goal for the library is to formally acknowledge donations on some type of permanent board or memorial. New furniture and chairs in the reading area are another goal. The current furniture dates back to when the library originally opened in the ‘70s.
“It takes a while in a small community to work towards these goals,” Claessen said. “We’ll always put things to good use,” she added.
“We just love our Friends,” librarian Deb Cox-Johnson said.
“They are fantastic,” Borrell added.
“They meet the gap between the basic structure the city provides and what the Great River Regional Library System provides,” Cox-Johnson said.
“The Friends add what makes this library comfortable and very inviting. We credit them with making this library inviting to the community they are a dedicated group,” Cox-Johnson added.
The Howard Lake Public Library is hosting winter storytime sessions for ages 3 to 7 on select dates. Children will have stories read to them and be part of a fun activity.
The dates are as follows: Fridays, Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 8, 22, and Mar. 7, 21 from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Storytime is sponsored by the Friends of the Howard Lake Library.