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S: Maple Lake Library 2006 - 2009

BC: Maple Lake Library 74 Birch Avenue South P.O. Box 682 Maple Lake, MN 55358 (320) 963-2009 | "The Maple Lake Library... a library that came to be when one special community would not take 'no' for an answer." Theresa Andrus

FC: A Community Effort | "A Library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people" | Andrew Carnegie

1: In 2006, a group of Maple Lake residents began an effort to bring a branch of the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) to Maple Lake. When that request was turned down, as it had been in the past, the group organized themselves as the Friends of the Maple Lake Library with the intention of proving to the GRRL that the residents of Maple Lake would support a local library. A request went out through the pages of the Maple Lake Messenger for signatures on a petition and donations of both money and books that could be used for a new branch library. And then, something unexpected happened. The quest for a library took on a life of its own, with donations coming in on an almost daily basis at the Messenger office. Hundreds of residents donated money along with thousands and thousands of books. A team of volunteers quietly came together that included retired teachers, school media supervisors, business people, and city staff. Making use of their areas of expertise, the Friends of the Library team took the steps necessary to organize an independent library and were joined by hardworking volunteers from throughout the Maple Lake area. In March of 2009, during Maple Lake's St. Patrick's Festival, the long-dreamed-of Maple Lake Library opened its doors. And since that historic day, use of local library services has increased every year. This book is a walk through the history of a library that came to be when one special community would not take 'no' for an answer. We thank all those who have helped make the Maple Lake Library the success it is today. | Articles and most of the pictures from Theresa Andrus of the Maple Lake Messenger | Scrapbook created by Jeannie Fobbe | Scrapbook information from Terry Mooney | 1 | Terry Mooney, Jeannie Fobbe, Theresa Andrus

2: "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." Charles William Eliot | 2

3: September 27, 2006 by Theresa Andrus | 2006 | "Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." Walter Cronkite | 3

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5: September 27, 2006 in City Council Minutes | November 8, 2006 by Theresa Andrus | *Approved the authorization of John Meyer to submit a library grant approval for half of the total of the project and authorizing the mayor and city clerk to sign the application. John Northenscold mentioned that Maple Lake and Montrose are currently the only cities in Wright County without a library. He also noted that the library board has given positive feedback and the final decision should come in November. | continued on next page | 5

6: Libraries: the medicine chest of the soul. | 6

7: November 8, 2006 Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger The MESS by Theresa Andrus | 7

8: November 22, 2006 by Theresa Andrus | 8

9: November 29, 2006 Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger The Mess by Theresa Andrus | "If you cut funding to libraries, you cut the lifeblood of our communities." Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley | 9

10: Russek named board chair, library appointment considered Auditor/Treasurer Bob Hiivala got his annual opportunity at the gavel of the Jan. 2 Wright County Board meeting. as is custom, the first order of business during anew year is to select a new county board chair, so the auditor/treasurer calls the meeting to order and asks for nominations. Unlike other elections where there are campaign speeches and multiple candidates, the selection of the Wright County board chair is much simpler. "We do it on a rotation basis," said Jack Russek, who was selected board chair for 2007. "This year was my turn. It isn't much different from being any of the other commissioners, other than the fact that you can't make motions, you keep the meetings moving along and you are the one that signs everything that comes before the board." As part of taking the gavel as board chair, Russsek thanked Commissioner Karla Heeter for her service as board chair in 2006. For her part, Heeter said she's looking forward to moving out of the chairman's seat. "There's responsibility with being the board chair, but I'm excited about Jack taking over," Heeter said with a laugh. "Now I can speak up and lip off more at meetings. The better watch out." In other items on the Jan. 2 agenda, the board: *At Commissioner Dick Mattson's request, laid over for two weeks the county's appointment to the Great River Regional Library Board. the three-year term of Wayne Rebischke is set to expire and Mattson said he would like time to potentially find an alternative candidate for the board. he cited Rebischke, who represents Wright County on the GRRL board, for voting against a proposal from the City of Maple Lake that many people put a lot of time and effort in developing and a plan tht was endorsed by Commissioner Pat Sawatzke, who also serves on the GRRL board. The item will be placed on the Jan. 16 agenda for a recommendation. | 2007 | January 10, 2007 by John Holler | 10

11: January 17, 2007 by Vicki Grimmer | "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Cicero | 11

12: Legislators field questions from local residents | February 21, 2007 by Theresa Andrus | "A little library growing each year is an honorable part of a man's history." Henry Ward Beecher | 12

13: Progress in Maple Lake 2007 | continued on next page | 13

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15: March 28, 2007 | 15

16: April 11, 2007 | "We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth" John Lubbock | 16

17: May 16, 2007 | 17

18: "When I was young, we couldn't afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world." John Goodman, Actor | June 20, 2007 | 18

19: July 11, 2007 | Remodeling for the new Maple Lake Library | 19 | Theater built in 1939 | Picture from a high school year book. Marquee advertises: "SUN -TUE ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO," a 1953 movie. | Picture from the Messenger. Marquee reads: "SUN-TUES HUMPHREY BOGART IN THE HARDER THEY FALL," a 1956 movie.

20: July 11, 2007 | 20

21: September 19, 2007 | "No furniture is so charming as books" Sydney Smith | 21

22: November 15, 2007 Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger by Theresa Andrus | "A little library growing each year is an honorable part of a man's history." Henry Ward Beecher | 22

23: November 28, 2007 Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger by Theresa Andrus | "The richest person in the world, in fact, all the riches in the world couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library." Malcolm Forbes, American Publisher | 23

24: November 21, 2007 | "Libraries are not made; they grow." Augustine Birrell | 24

25: Progress in Maple Lake February 2008 | Library is beneficiary of book donations | 2008 | 25

26: April 16, 2008 | "A good book has no ending" R.D. Cumming | 26

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28: Maple Lake Messenger September 3, 2008 | Maple Lake Library idea draws split vote | Wright County Journal Press September 3, 2008 | 28

29: After nearly two years of collecting books, its time to put those books to good use. More than 10,000 used books have been donated to the Friends of the Maple Lake Library since a book drive to provide a collection for a library in Maple Lake began early in 2007. More than 3,000 of the best of those donated books have been packed away in storage at Jude Vending, awaiting their use in a future library. The rest of the books so generously donated have been offered for sale at local special events and at the self service book store in The Den. The basement of the Maple Lake Messenger has been put into service for additional storage, a place for sorting books and as a meeting place for the Friends of the Library. It's a terrific and likely unique system that could serve as a blueprint for other communities seeking their own libraries. But it's time to move on. It's time for a Library The City of Maple Lake is pursing grants that would help the construction of a combination city hall/library. But obtaining a grant and constructing a new building could be years away. | September 10, 2008 | A library for Maple Lake in 2009 | With that in mind, the City of Maple Lake has tentatively set aside $15,000 in its 2009 budget to be used for rent, utilities and space modifications in a temporary home for a small library. The recently remodeled building selected for this first library formerly housed a movie theater at the corner of Birch and First Street in downtown Maple Lake. What now? It's also time to begin the long-awaited fundraising drive for th3e library. The Friends of the Maple Lake Library originally pledged to raise $100,000 to help furnish and provide materials for a library in a new city hall. A scaled-down starter library will require a reduced amount of furnishings and library materials to fill the shelves. In addition, having more than 3,000 books on hand will also help to reduce our fundraising goal. | You can help! We are now in the process of forming committees to begin our fundraising drive and to organize our library. Whether it's labeling books, investigating good buys on furniture and shelving or helping organize fundraising events, we have a job for you. It isn't every day that a town comes together to establish its own library and this effort will be the largest community project in Maple Lake's history. No matter how much or how little time you have available, we can use your help. Call the Maple Lake Messenger at 320-963-3813 to get involved. And for those who just don't have the time, your donations will be gratefully accepted. There will also be opportunities to donate your favorite book in an Adopt-A-Book drive. Once again, call the Messenger for donation information. With your help, the impossible is possible. Together, we can do something wonderful for this community that will benefit generations to come. | Meetings are at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Maple Lake Messenger | 29

30: September 10, 2008 by Theresa Andrus | 30

31: September 24, 2008 Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger The MESS by Theresa Andrus | "Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life." Stephen King | 31

32: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 Maple Lake Messenger by Vicki Grimmer | Denise Blizil of the Friends of the Maple Lake Library Board of Directors received a check from Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce President Irene Hudek that symbolized the Chamber's $8,000 donation | Chamber donation kicks off library fundraising drive | With the dream inching toward reality, the Friends of the Maple Lake Library were more than happy to accept an $8,000.00 donation from the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce. The money was part of a legacy from Maple Lake's Centennial celebration in 1990. Funds were set aside to be put towards an unnamed something that would benefit the city as a whole. Now, nearly 20 years later, the money has found a home. "The Chamber voted in 2006 to give the money to the library project", said Irene Hudek, president of the Maple lake Chamber of Commerce. "The money was set aside for a project that would last a long time. This is certainly one that we can all use and enjoy." On the receiving end, Denise Blizil, an active member of the library steering committee and chairperson of the Capital Campaign Committee, was pleased to see funds coming in for the fledging project. | "We are so thankful for the Chamber's support," said Blizil. "With this contribution Maple lake is getting closer to making the library a reality." Hudek agreed. "The addition of a library to our community will be an attraction for years to come." | 32

33: October 8, 2008 Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger by Theresa Andrus | 33

34: October 15, 2008 | "Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest." Lady Bird Johnson | 34

35: November 5, 2008 | 35

36: November 12, 2008 | 36

37: Friends of Maple Lake Library | Jude Kelly, Katie Serrano, Terry Mooney, Theresa Andrus, Jean Borrell, Dave Hansen, Denise Blizil, & Kath Heffron | November 13, 2008 | 37

38: 2008 | "Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one." Neil Gaiman | 38

39: Volunteers move library into new downtown home | It was a fast and efficient move on Sunday as dozens of volunteers and a fleet of trucks and trailers moved furniture from American Mini Storage on Maple Avenue and into the new library's home at the corner of Birch and First Street. Members of the Friends of the Maple Lake Library, area residents, local boy Scouts and members of the Chatham Climbers 4-H Club only needed an hour to move the furniture, along with boxes of books, out of the basement of the Maple Lake Messenger. An open house for the library will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. | Volunteers moved boxes of books from trucks and down through a line of people to the door of the library's new downtown home | December 3, 2008 | 39

40: A storage unit that took an entire day to fill in October was cleaned out n less that an hour as furniture was moved to the library's new home on Sunday. | Thanks to a line of volunteers that stretched into the basement of the Messenger building, boxes of books were moved out of that building and into the new library. | 40

41: December 3, 2008 | 41

42: December 3, 2008 | 42

43: Open House | December 8, 2008 | Katie and Patrick Serrano | Cindy Miessen & Kath Heffron | Princess Shanna Weber, Ella Schaufler and Queen Lindsey Becker | Princess Shanna Weber, Queen Lindsey Becker, Princess Brittany Wurm and Ella Schaufler | 43

44: December 10, 2008 | 44

45: WH members award Operation Round up funds to new library | From Wright-Hennepin Newsletter December 2008 | 45

46: Thank You | 46

47: December 17, 2008 | 47

48: Volunteer | 48

49: 2009 | January 28, 2009 ~ Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger by Theresa Andrus | "Also on the agenda for March 14 is the Grand Opening of the new Maple Lake Library. Not only will the library house our big collection of donated books, there will also be music, movies and free Internet access. As the library grows, there are plans to establish a section for items of historical significance in Maple Lake. It also occurred to us that we have walls in need of art work. We're inviting Maple Lake artists to loan us their work to hang on the library walls. Not only will our small library serve as Maple Lake's history museum, but its art museum as well." | 49

50: February 2009 Progress in Maple Lake | "Some men have only one book in them, others a library" Proverb | 50

51: Reading, is to the mind what exercise is to the body" Sir Richard Steele | 51

52: Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | 52

53: Arnie Michalicek and Sue Sylvester | Jeff Sylvester and Mike Remington | Kath Heffron Ginger O'Loughlin, Kate Mooney, Wendy Kelly | 53

54: IRISH | OF | LUCK | THE | Doug Andrus & Jeff Sylvester putting in the Library's new windows | Library sign donated by Lakeside Graphics | 54

55: Mary McBrady created this panel. | Jerry McBrady installs painting by Cindy Carter. | 55 | This panel was designed by Liz Knese. | Maureen Fisher is standing by the picture she created for the library

56: Article in St. Cloud Times~ March 13, 2009 | 56

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58: Grand Opening | Helen Mooney had the honor of cutting theribbon, as one of the original people that planted the seed for the library. | March 18, 2009 | 58

59: Theresa Andrus welcoming people | Senator Amy Koch, key note speaker | Library volunteers and dignitaries gathered for the library opening include (front) Carol Northenschold, Mary McBrady, Helen Mooney, Linda Hruby, Kath Heffron, Denise Blizil, Sue Sylvester, Charlene Wurm, Dorothy Kersten, County Commissioner Dick Mattson, (Back) Vicki Grimmer, Cindy Miessen, Kate Mooney, Terry Mooney, Rep. Bruce Anderson, Mayor Mike O'Loughlin, Jean Borrell, Jeff Sylvester, Senator Amy Koch, Theresa Andrus and Katie Serranno. | 59

60: March 18, 2009 Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger by Theresa Andrus | 60

61: A rug is donated for the children's' area | Mary, Pam & Mackenzie Miller | Mary & Mackenzie Miller | Molly Wurm | Charlee and Keri Wurm | 61

62: April 1, 2009 Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger by Theresa Andrus | "A good book is the best of friends" | 62

63: A rug is donated for the children's' area | April 1, 2009 | 63

64: May 27, 2009 Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger by Theresa Andrus | May 27, 2009 | 64

65: Donation funds library programs for children | June 10, 2009 | The new Maple Lake Library received a big boost when th PATCH Foundation (Painters & Allied Trades for Children's Hope), coordinated by the International union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 82, presented the library with a check for $2,500 to fund children's reading programs. Pictured at the check presentation were PATCH Chairman Paul Richards, District Council 82 (DC-82) Political Director Don Mullin, library representative Cindy Miessen, DC-82 member Kevin Smith, library representative Steve Francis, DC-82 organizer Francisco Altamirano and DC-82 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Terry Nelson. Smith, a Maple Lake resident, worked for approval of the local reading program created by library volunteer and former Maple Lake Elementary teacher Terry Mooney. The program received praise from the PATCH representatives and will receive another check for $2,500 next year. | 65

66: June 10, 2009 | June 17, 2009 | 66

67: Library dresses up for youth reading programs | June 24, 2009 | All dressed up and ready to go were Maple Lake Library volunteers Terry Mooney, Promoting the Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dad Programs, Katie Serrano for the youth book clubs, Sue Sylvester for the See You at the Movies reading program, Marie Mavencamp for Pre-school Story time, and Wendy Kelly for the book Swap pizza party. | During a summer when the Maple Lake school grounds are a construction site and the elementary library is closed, kids in Maple Lake have a new option for summer activities. The new Maple Lake Library will be hosting a variety of events and activities for kids through the age of 18 thanks to grants from the PATCH Foundation (Painters & Allied Trades for Children's Hope) and the Maple Lake American Legion. Last month, PATCH presented the library with a grant for $2,500 to be used for children's reading programs. The grant was awarded for two years to a program of events created by former Maple Lake Elementary teacher Terry Mooney. This month, the Maple Lake American Legion received a request form the Great ERiver Regional Library asking for funding for summer reading programs. GRRL turned down a request for a branch library in Maple Lake several years ago and rather than sending money off to be used elsewhere, the Legion surprised maple lake library volunteers by providing a check for $100 to be used for children's reading programs. "As an independent library, we don't have anyone else supporting us," Mooney said. 'When the Legion found out | by Theresa Andrus | Reading is the Ticket | Continued on next page | 67

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69: June 24, 2009 | 69

70: Book Club | Betsy Ogram, Shania Fobbe & Carrie Ogram | Preschool Storytime | Terry Mooney reading | Marie Mavencamp reading | 70

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73: September 9, 2009 | September 16, 2009 | September 23, 2009 | 73

74: continued on next page | 74

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76: October 14, 2009 | "Your library is your paradise." Desiderius Erasmus | 76

77: October 14, 2009 | October 21, 2009 Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger by Theresa Andrus | 77

78: Poster used for 2009 Library Benefit | 78

79: October 28, 2009 | 79

80: Frank Sullivan, MC | Scott Carriveau | Scott Carriveau & Tom Blizil | Robin Aeshliman, Tracy Blizil Denise & Sandy Blizil | 80

81: 2009 Maple Lake Library Benefit | Staging by Mary Wolff | 81

82: November 4, 2009 | 82

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84: November 25, 2009 | 84 | "At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives for ever, for the better." President Barack Obama

85: Editorial from the Maple Lake Messenger by Theresa Andrus | "A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life." Norman Cousins | 85

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