Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Friends Awarding Scholarship

The Friends of Oconto Falls Library will again this year be awarding a scholarship to a senior graduating from Oconto Falls High School. Candidates must apply through the High School Guidance Office. A successful candidate must be a frequent user of the High School library and have a fine free library card from the Oconto Falls Community Library. The award amount is $200.00.
This award will be announced at the Spring Scholarship program. Last year over $250,000 were awarded to graduating seniors.

Friday, January 25, 2013

January Is Sign Up Month for Friends of the Library

The Friends of Oconto Falls Library is an ever growing non-profit organization that believes libraries are a vital resource in every community. We are a 501(c) (3) organization and classified as a public charity.
Interested in Joining?
Benefits of being a Friend
  • A sense of pride and satisfaction in knowing your help can make a great library even better.
  • The fellowship of other Friends who feel strongly about the value of a library.
  • Visibility in the community and recognition of volunteer hours.
Join the Friends
Friends can join anytime of the year, but are renewed on an annual basis at the beginning of the calendar year. Membership dues are adults $10.00 and students $1.00. Call the library or any one of the officers.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Annual Book Sale

The annual book sale begins Sept 6th. Set p will be Sept 4th and 5th. We are still looking for volunteers for set up and cashering. Please call the library if you can help.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Minutes for May 8th Meeting

The meeting was called to order by Jennifer, with Joan, Janet, and Jeanne present.

Copies of the February minutes were distributed.

The balance on hand as of March 31 was $2665.61 Income included candy bar sales, memberships, small amount for books sales, and reimbursement for Book Page, which is a book review magazine for readers.  Expenses included large print books, Book Page subscription, VandeWall Candy, donation to St. Anthony fire fund, Skakespeare and Bill Jamerson programs, and Info Soup tote bags.

The Secretary's report and Treasurer's report were filed for audit.

Books/candy were sold at the craft fair on March 17th at the high school and Farmer's Market at the library on April 21.

Successful programs on gardening, historical group, Shakespeare, and CCC camps were presented; Joan and Lynn planned those.

Scholarships in the amount of $200 each were awarded to Jon Dausey and Anna Olsen.  That was approved by Amy and Donna, since it wasn't brought up at the February meeting.  Joan will present them on May 9th.

Otis Miller from the Marinette Library came to present a program on Bubbles on May 2.  Approximately 57 children attended from St. Anthony's and Building Blocks.  John Dessert will go to Marinette to do "Songs That Are Books on August 1, a free exchange between libraries.

A donation of $100 was approved to St. Anthony's fire fund, which was approved by Amy and Donna; a thank you note and picture were received from St. Anthony staff and students.

Amy has been doing weeding in front of the library, cutting down fall grasses and weeding dandelions.  Dwarf white iris in front need to be thinned after finished blooming; does anyone want some?

It was decided that there would be no food sale or float for Memorial Day; we didn't make enough money last year on that, and the City is issuing permits for vendors to operate during the parade, which would mean more competition.

We decided to get a $50 gift card for Laura Kanzenbach from Target or Kohls; their new baby is due on August 4th.

The following expenditures were approved: $250 for summer reading programs, $279 for on the World Book set called "People and Places" to provide current geographical information, and $430 toward the purchase of a 55-inch television for the meeting room with laptop and USB connection for use with programs.  Woman's Club and Lions Club each donated $250 for that purchase.

There have been a number of videos donated; we will set up a table in the library to sell some of those prior to the books sale.

The next meeting will be on August 7th.

Minutes February 7th

The meeting was called to order by Amy with Romelle, Carol, Joan, Janet, Gay and Donna present.

Secretary's minutes were filed as read.  Treasurer's report showed a balance of $4215.45, with income from Hot Cake Hustle, Raffle tickets and other donations.  Expenses were the Libri Foundation, stamps and a baby changing station.  The raffle made a profit of $1288.22.

In old business, Joan will put a picture in the paper of volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation week.  Joan hired Lynette Konitzer to help her with programs and shared a list they had put together.

In new business, the Friends will not serve punch on Youth Art Month night.  Joan got a grant to go to the Public Library Association In Philadelphia in March.  We will share half the book pages cost.  Our portion is $146.  Motion Joan, Seconded Romelle, Carried.  We will order 100 more infosoup cloth bags at $1.87 each.  Motion Gay, Seconded Janet, Carried.  Friends will contribute $1545.84 to large book standing order.  Motion Donna, Seconded Romelle, Carried.  Book Club will have Romelle discuss Charles Dickens at March meeting second Saturday at 10.  Lynn Konitzer is working with student council on a craft sale at the high school on March 17.  Joan will gather some used books.  Donna, possibly Jeanne, and Amy will work.

Next meeting date is May 8th.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Minutes Nov, 12, 2011

The Meeting was called to order by Amy with Lorna, Romelle, Carol, Joan, Janet, and Donna present.

The Secretary's minutes of the August 2nd meeting were filed for audit. Jeanne arrived a bit later.

The Treasurer's report showed a balance of $2776.85 on hand as of October 31, 2011. Income included $1436. From book sales and $134 from raffle tickets. Expenses were $898.54 and included expenses for the book sale and raffle, renewal of non-profit status, a donation of $50 to the Oconto/Marinette County Literacy Council, and picture frames/pictures for the historic picture display.

Thanks were given to John and Amy for cleaning out the flower beds and adding wood chips.

Thanks were also offered to Donna and Jeanne for work on the book sale and raffle.

Raffle prizes included 2 handmade quilts, one queen-size done by Durham Herzog and Donna Bubolz, one twin-size/ throw quilt done by Virginia Draeger, NASCAR jacket, Packer football autographed by the Super Bowl team, framed and matted autumn picture by Jim Hansel, Breakfast maker, Schwinn Bike, afghan, golf balls/golf passes, oil change/lube, black leather jacket, picture frames, decorative jars, and assorted gift baskets donated by businesses and individuals, including Avon, Door County coffee, scrap booking supplies, etc. There were some money contributions which the members present at the meeting determined would be considered donations rather than prizes. Donna and Janet will sell tickets at Witts on the 11th and 18th. Members are asked to please stop at the library to pick up their tickets to sell. The drawing will be held at noon on November 19th.

The library is again eligible for the Libri Grant. Jeanne made the motion to provide $350 and Lorna seconded it. The Libri Foundation will provide $700 for a grant total of $1050. Selections will be made from a book list. Additional math and science books will be provided with the grant at no extra cost.

We were asked to think about National Volunteer Appreciation Week which occurs in April. There are a number of Volunteers; a catered lunch was suggested as a possibility, as it was brought up that they don't want gift certificates.

It was suggested that new members be given a T-shirt; however, it was determined that the cost of the T-shirt would use almost the full cost of the $10 membership. Jeanne will email everyone in early 2012 reminding them to renew their membership.

Joan needs ideas for programs, which should be in the planning stages for spring. She would like the Friends to take charge of a couple of programs. She is planning one in conjunction with the school, which the library will sponsor, this is a one-man Shakespeare presentation. Amy suggested trading talents with Marinette Public Library, with John Dessart doing something there and the husband of a librarian from there performing here in return.

Lorna told about Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan as a possibility for an activity here.

The next meeting date will be February 7th 2012

Romelle reported on progress of the organization of the Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council, and a thank you note was read from Janet Glime, President of the group for our donation.

Lorna made the motion to adjourn, seconded by Janet.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Minutes from Aug 2,2011

Amy called the meeting to order at 7 P.M. with Carol, Romelle, Joan, Janet, Donna, and Jeanne present. Jennifer arrived shortly afterward.

The secretary's report of the May 3rd meeting was filed for audit.

The Treasurer's report showed a balance on hand of $2104.72 as of July 31; however, $750 which had been previously designated has not yet been spent: That includes the $500 to cover extra hours for staff for summer program activities, $100 toward a changing table for the men's room, $100 for frames/framing for the historic picture collection, and $50 toward the newly formed Marinette/Oconto County Literacy Council. Receipts included $23 from items left from the spring rummage sale that Claire Bergstrom displayed at her rummage sale over Memorial weekend, and proceeds from the food sale in front of the library during Memorial Day parade, which amounted to $98.14. There was competition from the Masons organization across the street, so we had more food than necessary, but members bought the remainder. Several people asked for chips; we had sloppy joes, hot dogs/chili dogs, water and soda available. Treasurer's report was filed for audit.

The puppet shows have been a big success with 15-20 children attending. Laura has incorporated some finger plays into the puppet show programs.

The historic pictures have been framed and are now on display.

Attendance has been poor at the adult summer programs, featuring local authors and food preservation. The remaining programs on the evening summer schedule are the Temple Family History, Mill Night, the Osterman Family Bluegrass group, and Falls Photo Night. Randy Peterson will perform on August 11 during the afternoon.

The annual book sale will be held on September 8, 9, 10; Woman's Club will hold a bake sale on September 8th in conjunction with the book sale.

A representative is needed for the County Library Services Board, which meets 6 times a year. The person selected must be approved by the Library Board and by the Oconto County Board.

Donna displayed the two quilts which have been donated for the November 19th raffle, made by Virginia Draeger and Donna Bubolz. There will be an Avon basket (Janet VanDeHei), bicycle (Sara Denis), and afghan (Jeanne Dessart). There is once again a very nice NASCAR jacket. Donations are welcome and you may call Joan at 846-2673 if you would like to make a donation. Donna and Jeanne will compose a letter to businesses requesting donations and Tracey will follow up. Donna has the tickets and she and Janet will sell them at Witts.

Amy and Sue will weed the flower beds and Amy will get mulch.

It was mentioned that the Lioness Club is looking for community service projects, and might be a possible source of help for the booksale.

The next meeting will be Nov. 1. The motion to adjourn was made by Jennifer and seconded by Janet.