Library Lynx, April 11, 2013

On behalf of the Poynette Area Public Library Board and Friends and library staff, I'd like to say a heartfelt thanks to the Village Board for voting at their April 1st meeting to allow the Library to expand into the Jamieson/Little Blessings building next door. They left no stone of possibility unturned in their quest to meet the needs of the Village as well as the needs of the library. This decision marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of your little library. The next steps, now that we have our destination, will be to carefully plan our trip. As with any voyage, we will need to chart our course, figure out how much it will cost, make sure we have enough money to see it through, enlist the help of experts and be certain that everyone is on board before we cast off.

The Library Board has some money in savings left over from the previous trip from Village Hall to our present location and the Friends have been holding fund raising events all along in anticipation of turning another page in meeting the increasing space needs of the Library. The entire Poynette Area Public Library community has been extremely generous to us in our past fund raising endeavors, and we very much appreciate your tremendous support!  We will be fund raising in earnest now that we know where we are going. I’d like to think of it as FUN-raising, since many of our past fundraisers have been fun - our Christmas silent auction, Apple-Azing Race,  Evil Hill Haunted House, Lindt candy sales, just to name a few.

You can join the fun this Saturday, when Mark Rowley will be hosting a meat raffle event at 2pm at the Harmony Bar on Main Street, and proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library. Sarah McLean will bring her Just Jewelry products to the library for 2 weeks starting next Monday, April 15th and she will donate 20 % of the profits to the library. Next week also marks National Library Week.  This year’s theme is:  “Libraries:  Where Adventures Begin”.  Please stop by for a wee adventure with “Blind Date with a Book” and, if you’re an adult or a teen, check out a paper-covered book surprise and earn a ticket for a chance to win a marvelous prize basket.  We also have a Culver’s Coloring Contest for youngsters up to 11 years old.  All entries receive a coupon for a free Culver’s Custard cone.

There will be many more opportunities for you to help us raise the funds to pay for this expansion in a fun way in the months ahead and we thank you all in advance for your support. We will keep everyone in the loop as we plan the details of our journey. I am confident that we will have calm seas and smooth sailing as we carefully plan for every contingency before launching on this exciting venture. Climb aboard, Everyone!

See you @ the Library!