All Landscaping, Levi Kramer of Bristow, was hired by the FOL to redesign the library's landscaping. Edgers were dug out, power sprayed and reset, old plants were removed, hostas and new plants were reincorporated, some flower beds were seeded, a new wall was built around the electronic sign, edgers were laid around the flag pole and new mulch was hauled in. FOL paid in full for this very much needed improvement!
FOL purchased candy to be thrown from the Library Teen Board float.
The community was invited to bring in their unwanted treasures. FOL worked at setting up and selling items. All proceeds go toward library improvement projects.
Chris Baker volunteered to interview the library staff for a NLW special Greene Recorder feature.
Ms. Becker presented her book, "Sentenced to Life: the Mark Becker Story", to a packed meeting room. FOL paid her $100 speaking fee.
FOL provided supplies for the fun children's event.
Betty Morgan's family donated one of her quilts to be given away. Items were donated to the Greene Food Bank and entries were put in a drawing. June Johnson was the winner.
Marnie Schmidt conducted a coloring class with the FOL purchasing the supplies needed.
Refreshments provided and served by FOL, musical entertainment by local talent, Photos with Santa by Marnie Schmidt, mini Christmas tree decorating contest and a book signing by Gail Kittleson were on the agenda. Very well attended!
FOL funded chair rail that was installed to protect meeting room walls from chipping.
Mrs. Smolek, Osage, presented "Like a Haystack", her memoirs of being a refugee during World War II.
FOL supplied juice boxes and donut holes for the story hour children.
Mr. Nandell, retired Des Moines Register photographer, presented his series of photographic books depicting rural areas around Greene.
Sold books, magazines, dvds, cds, and puzzles that were donated by the community. Proceeds were put toward FOL library improvements.
Opening and closing days of the program were celebrated with treats, such as a cake baked by Shelby Wihlm, purchased by the Friends
The Friends paid for the candy thrown from the Library Teen Board float.
Items were donated by the community. Friends set up the sale which lasted 2 days and leftovers were taken to the Good Will truck
During National Library Week, patrons were encouraged to donated items for the Greene Food Bank and have the opportunity to win a Kindle Fire. Friends purchased the Kindle which was won by Melinda Smith
In conjunction with the library winning 10,000 legos through a contest sponsored by State Library and Legos Company, a kids' party was planned. Friends provided food and drink.
John Wheeler, Waverly, and his crew stripped wall covering from the entrance and meeting room, subcontracted a dry-waller to spray the walls and then Wheeler's crew painted them. The Friends paid in full for this project.
Sandy Ruby and Marnie Schmidt, librarians, planned a Wimpy Kid Party for 3rd through 6th graders. The Friends paid their expenses which included notebooks and refreshments.
Hand-made Christmas Ornament Contest, musical entertainment, refreshments provided and served by the Friends, photos with Santa by Marnie Schmidt, and a book signing by Leanne Anderson of Nashua rounded out the activities. Leanne wrote "The Great "I Am!", a Christmas children's book. Friend of the Library, Susan Needham, furnished books for each of the kids who had their picture taken with Santa.
The Friends provided and served refreshments and take-home prizes for all of the kids.
Dave and Barb Else presented their book "For All the Small Schools" and talked about their journey in traveling around Iowa to towns with school buildings that have closed. The Friends hosted the event and provided bakery cookies.
An annual event with books, games, puzzles and magazines being sold for a free will offering. All materials are donated by people in the community.
Going along with the Children's Summer Reading Program theme, adult participants read books and filled out their own elements chart. Gift certificates were provided by the Friends.
The Friends Group, library staff and the Goodrich Family (Jacob Goodrich was working on an Eagle Scout project) offered a baked potato bar to the bicyclists. 2000 potatoes were baked along with cheese, onion, and chili.
Items were donated for this event by Friends, library staff and our patrons. The Friends set up many tables of treasures and supervised during the two and a half days of sales. Left-overs were donated to Goodwill.
An annual April activity, promotes the Greene Food Bank and literacy. Marcus Jepperson was the lucky winner in this year's drawing.
Dan Wardell, popular children's IPTV host, returned with another energetic program and message. Healthy snacks (bananas, baby carrots, celery, raisins, clementines and juice boxes) were provided and served by the Friends.
Many of the Friends along with Kerri Hinders and her Girl Scout Troup, reupholstered 20 straight back library chairs. The bill of $148.66 for materials was paid by the Friends!
Our patrons were encouraged to be creative and submit a homemade Valentine for a contest. A Cake Pop Class was given by Bonnie Knapp. Both were nice events that promoted the library and the Friends group.
Musical entertainment, refreshments, a Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest, photos with Santa, and a book signing by Karen Thalacker of Waverly were enjoyed by all. Ms. Thalacker has written two children's knitting books. Free books were given to each child whose picture was taken with Santa.
Juice boxes and donut holes purchased from T & M Foods are on the menu again. Friends of the Library helped with serving and cleaning up.
A popular event, this sale generated $368.75.
64 signed up to read and play an interactive board game with participants planting "vegetables in their gardens". Prizes were provided by the Friends.
The Greene Recorders were digitized from 2004 through 2012 with the Friends paying the bill of $360.
The host of IPTV's children's programming appeared at the library to present a program that promoted healthy choices and reading. The Friends served a lunch of hot dogs, chips, & bars.
This three day sale always generates many donations of items from the community and is a good fund raiser.
Debbie Lestina Robinson, from Mason City, was invited to give a book signing and presentation. The Friends provided snacks made from recipes from her cookbook.
The community is encouraged to donate items to the Food Bank and for every item donated, their name can be put in a drawing for a Kindle Fire which was purchased by the Friends. The winner was Nolan Reser.
A Homemade Valentine Contest was held with the Friends providing prizes.
Musical entertainment by local talent, photos with Santa by Marnie Schmidt, refreshments provided by the Friends, a Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest and a book signing by Wynette Mills, author of "Nana's Backyard" and the Backyard Explorer" were featured activities. The children who had their picture taken with Santa received a free book courtesy of the Friends.
The Friends purchased and served juice boxes and donut holes. Goodie bags were also provided by the Friends for the kids.
Gently used books, encyclopedias, movies and games were brought in for this sale. Many pounds of left-over paper materials were taken after the sale to the Butler County Recycling Center.
Participants had fun this year reading many books and registering for prizes provided by the Friends.
500 Frisbees were ordered with the library logo on them to be thrown at the River Days parade. Also donated to the library by the Friends was a portable PA system.
In celebration of National Library Week, the Greene community was encouraged to bring in articles for the Food Bank and enter their name in a drawing for a Kindle Touch which was purchased by the Friends. The winner was Tanner Hildebrand.
More treasures were offered for sale by the Friends.
The Greene Recorder is now digitized from 1887 through 2003! The Friends paid the entire $2320 needed to complete this project.
The author of "Brother's Blood: The True Story of the Mark Family Murders" presented a talk and book signing.
Everyone was invited to design a Valentine's Card and submit to the library's Valentine Card Contest.
Christmas cooking decorating contest, pictures with Santa by Marnie Schmidt, vocal and instrumental guests and refreshments provided by the Friends were offered. Delores Allan and Bernita St. John Wiebke, sisters from Allison, presented their series of children's books, which they wrote and illustrated.
Friends of the Library paid the start-up fee of $500 to allow the Greene Public Library patrons to borrow audio books and ebooks on-line for free.
Goodie bags, apple juice and donut holes were provided by the Friends.
Donations from the community for the book sale included used books, puzzles, games and magazines. Everything was offered for a free will donation.
Adults participated in an adult reading program with prizes, furnished by the Friends, awarded from a drawing.
As a fund raiser to support a microfilming project, ice cold water was sold during the festival.
Small sugar bowls and a large bean pot were ordered by the Friends from the Redwing Company. The bowls were sold and the bean pot was raffled off and the winner was drawn during River Days.
Treasures belonging to the Friends and local people were offered for sale during Greene's city-wide rummage sale.
Linda McCann, author from Shell Rock, presented her books. Friends of the Library served coffee and rolls.
A poetry contest was sponsored by the Friends.
A children's party with Legos as the theme was planned by Sandy Ruby and Becky Newton. The Friends provided funding for decorations, refreshments and prizes.
Featured Photos with Santa by Marnie Schmidt, musical entertainment provided by local talent, Christmas cookie decorating contest and refreshments.
Along with the normal story hour activities the Friends provided a snack and a treat bag for all the participants.
Author Karen Carr and illustrator Joan Nixt were invited to the day's story hour and then were available afterwards to sign copies of their book.
Books, movies, and music were donated by the community and sold for free-will donations in the Library's meeting room.
For a summer reading program for adults the Friends purchased gift certificates to Clayton's Bakery for everyone completing a BINGO on their card.
Friends members manned a table at the Herb Fest selling water and baked goods to attendees.
The friends took money and provided supervision for the children using the inflatable rides at the local River Days celebration.
A batch of small Red Wing Pitchers with the library logo and a leaf pattern were ordered for sale. A larger size of this pitcher was ordered to be raffled off at the town's River Days celebrations.
The library staff planned a Fancy Nancy-based tea party for mothers and daughters on Mother's day weekend. Friends of the Library provided all funding for the day.
The Friends of the Library took donations of these items to be sold during the town's annual Spring Garage Sale weekend.
The Easter Bunny made an appearance at Story Hour and then stayed for photos by Marnie Schmidt. Treats were given out to all children attending.
Author Dixie Phillips of Floyd was invited to the day's story hour and then was available afterwards to sign copies of her many books.
Poems were submitted by local residents using the words "chocolate - library - love". Everyone was awarded a sweet treat with the grand prize going to Sarah Hawker.
Photos with Santa were provided by Marnie Schmidt. Refreshments and a chance to listen to local musical talent were offered through out the day. Coloring pages were provided for children to color and return, and a Christmas cookie decorating contest was held.
40 youngsters attended story hour in costume. Along with the normal story hour activities the Friends provided a snack and a treat bag for all the participants.
Books were donated by the community and sold for free-will donation in the Library's meeting room.
Small Red Wing crocks were sold as a fundraiser along with t-shirts. Hot dogs, lemonade, and bars were served. Music was played, and face painting, clowns, and balloons were available for the kids. A presentation on the history of the building was given in the afternoon, with the auction of a small and large crock, a Friends of the Library t-shirt, and a quilt donated by Tim and Michelle Juhl following.
Volunteers set up outside of the library for the River Day's parade to sell raffle tickets, water, icies, and Friend's of the Library t-shirts as a fund raiser.