Off the Shelf: New Ulm Public Library thanks the community

Library Director Kris Wiley: As 2017 comes to a close, New Ulm Public Library is taking this opportunity to thank the community organizations, businesses, and individuals who have donated their time, talent, and treasure to the library. Donations and memorials have totaled nearly $25,000 in 2017, which is amazing! And that doesn’t count the hours of volunteer help, donations to the book sale, and advocacy efforts. We couldn’t do all we do without your generosity. Thank you!

And because there are so many ways to say thank you, each of the library’s supervisors has her unique take on what your gifts mean.

Acquisitions Librarian Betty J Roiger: This year I am very thankful to so many groups and individuals who donated money to the audiovisual fund, adult fiction fund and large print fund so that the library can provide more items to our community. This broadens both the number and the types (Christian, western, adventure, mystery) of materials the library is able to purchase. Also, we were very fortunate this year to receive several memorials honoring longtime patrons; this is a great way to recognize a loved one and donate a gift that keeps on giving to our community. I’d also like to thank everyone who has mentioned that they enjoy the articles Kris and I write. We try to make it entertaining (and a little informative) for you.

Assistant Director April Ide: Thank you to all of our patrons who attend library programs, spread the word about library programs, and participate in or present programs! You make it possible to offer a wide variety of educational, fun and meaningful events for our community. As a new resident of New Ulm, I am continually impressed at how invested this community is in offering opportunities for its residents to come together, learn and celebrate. I am also very grateful for the partnership opportunities available in this community. So many organizations come together to offer opportunities for New Ulm residents, and I’m happy I get to work with many of them. Thanks, also, to all of the individuals in New Ulm who have been so welcoming to this ausländer, both at the library and in the community.

Youth Services Librarian Jan Keaveny: I am thankful to the writers and artists who fill our books and our minds with all things fanciful and hopeful and interesting and real. I am thankful that we have libraries to house those books and to open their doors to everyone. I am especially thankful that parents bring their children to the library and head home with fabulous stories and fascinating information. Children who are read to are certainly “gifted.” The wonderful people of New Ulm make our library a community gathering place, a vibrant hub for children and adults alike.

Reference Librarian Leasa Sieve: Thanks to all of you who provided gifts to the nonfiction collection. There are so many great real-life stories available, and with your very generous donations, I am able to purchase many more of them for our patrons to enjoy. Coming soon … new travel books! Travel books are a very popular item throughout the year, so I’m happy to be able to use a generous gift to update our travel section, giving patrons current information as they plan the trip of a lifetime or just a vacation getaway. I, too, want to recognize the many individuals who gave memorial gifts to the library throughout the year. Making a donation to the library in memory of a book lover is an amazing way to honor him or her. Please know that we appreciate every single one.

Thanks to all of you, the library is a better place!

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