Giese Public Library volunteers make things happen

50 citizens now counted in ‘Friends’ group

Linda Nanko-Yeager
Guest Columnist

A year has gone by since the Friends of the Giese Memorial Library announced its first organizational meeting. What an exciting year it has been!

Our group has grown to 50 members who devote their time and energy to supporting the Wyoming library. And our activities have been as varied as our members.

The Friends helped out at a number of the library’s special events by greeting people, passing out literature, and serving refreshments. We assisted at several appearances of Minnesota authors, Chemists in the Library sessions, and at the Stargazing event last March.

Our table at the National Night Out celebration was the coolest place to be since we were handing out ice cream cones and pizza on what turned out to be a very warm evening.

Supporting the library takes money, and the Friends did their share of fund-raising. We participated in Linder’s Flower Mart fund-raiser last May, and we held a book sale during Stagecoach Days.

Other funding came from membership dues, from donations, and from the hand-made note cards and Friends T-shirts that we sell. The money we raise goes to support the Giese Memorial Library’s programs as well as to purchase materials and equipment not available through the regular library budget; this past year, our proceeds went to the summer reading program and cash prizes for the accompanying poster contest which we sponsored.

Volunteering is another way the Friends supported the library. Last August, many of us helped plant the new rain gardens on the west and south sides of the building. Current volunteer opportunities include shelving books in the afternoon or evening and watering/weeding the rain gardens.

As exciting as the past year has been, 2012 looks to be even better. We’ve gotten off to a strong start by being the beneficiary at February’s Fairview on Meadows Pancake Breakfast.

We’re looking forward to the March 22 event featuring Minnesota author Ryan Jacobson, as well as the return of the always popular summer reading program.  And we are thrilled that the library’s rain gardens will be part of the Fairview Lakes Auxiliary 2012 Garden Tour on July 15.

You can keep abreast of all upcoming Friends and library happenings at our website, We’re also on Facebook.

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Giese Memorial Library will take place 7 p.m., Thursday April 12 in the library’s community room. We’d like to invite all of our “old” Friends to attend.

We would also like to extend an invitation to the community to become a new Friend. Membership is open to all individuals and families who want to support their library and its programs.

Our yearly dues remain the same as last year’s – $5 for individuals, $10 for families, and $3 for seniors and students.

Many hands make light work. Together we can make our library stronger and our community an even better place to live. Thank you so much for being a Friend.

— The writer lives in Wyoming and is a member of the Wyoming City Council.