Thanks to the Friends of the Library we had a successful bake sale! Lots of goodies and treats were graciously donated for the cause, and they disappeared just as quickly! Thanks to the Lee family for bringing a roaster full of chicken soup that was sold out in 30 minutes! Santa stopped by for a quick story, and the kids had a great time decorating cookies with lots of frosting and sprinkles. The library is so appreciative of everyone who brought items, purchased goodies or stopped in for a coffee and a roll. The proceeds from this event will help us with our Summer Reading Program kick-off and summer activities.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us anytime from 9-11:30 AM on Dec 14th for our Friends of the Library Annual Bake Sale! Grab some goodies as presents or for you to enjoy. Kids can decorate sugar cookies while you grab a cup of coffee and homemade roll. The big guy in red will be reading a book for the kids at 10 AM. We’re sure he’ll be able to take requests for toys too!
On March 28, 2020, the 2nd Annual Arapahoe Gala will be held at the Ella Missing Community Center with the proceeds going to the Arapahoe Public Library Foundation.
Would you like to reserve your table for the 2020 gala? Folks are already asking to reserve their spots, and we would like to offer our supporters the first chance at reserving their tickets. We will again offer the VIP treatment to our early-bird ticket holders, which includes champagne at your table and receiving dinner service priority.
____ Yes, I will be attending the 2020 Gala.
____$75 Individual Ticket(s)
____ $600 Table for 8
Please indicate your dinner choices and how many of each:
Please return with payment to: Arapahoe Public Library Foundation, PO Box 598, Arapahoe NE 68922
Have you registered your two-person team for the annual Cardboard Boat Races? Who will be the Chuck Norris Champion? And who will sink like the Titanic? The library loves sponsoring these races along with treats from DeVries Furniture and Floor Covering. Be sure to pick up your registration form at the library. Boat check-in is at 12:30. Races begin at 1PM.
If you google the definition of community, it will highlight a special area in Furnas County Nebraska. The First Annual Arapahoe Gala was held on April 6th and on behalf of the Arapahoe Public Library Foundation and the Arapahoe Public Library Board-we thank you! The generosity and goodwill displayed in the weeks leading up to this event was simply amazing. From the businesses and individuals who donated an item to the auction or gave a monetary donation to assist our cause, to the people who walked into the Ella Missing building last week and asked, how can I help, we thank you.
The planning for this event began in August of 2018. It took the assistance of our friends in Elwood who graciously volunteered their time and know-how to help us prepare. Our library staff were asked to work extra hours and to do more than usual to reach out to donors and to do tasks out of the norm. It took some brave people to approach business owners from areas within a 70 plus mile radius of our hometown. It was an amazing thing to see so many business owners so graciously say, yes we’ll help!
Mitzi and Kevin, along with their team from Cunningham’s, provided a fantastic meal. Billie Taylor and her team made us chuckle with her signature drinks. Marcia Foley and the students from the Spanish Club were so helpful and proved that teenagers can be great kids. George Probasco provided the witty banter and kept the event running on time. Mark and Linda Hamel donated their time for the live auction and kept this organized so well for us.
This event took a small village to make it run smoothly. Nearly thirty other volunteers helped to make this event happen! People of all ages helped set-up the tables and chairs, the displays and prepare the building. People worked shifts to run each area and the raffles. The amazing desserts were all donated, and disappeared very quickly. We had a team of auction runners who worked tirelessly, and a flash mob! (For those who don’t know-a flash mob is an organized group of dancers who planned their routine for the event.) By noon on Sunday, the clean-up crew was finished.
This was a big step towards reaching our goal of renovating the Arapahoe Public Library. We still have a long way to go, but with our community behind us, we can do this. Thank you and remember, start practicing your dance moves for 2020!
Safety and Security. Two words people might not consider when they think about a public library, unless you work at a public library! In the larger metropolis of Grand Island there is a sign posted in the bathrooms prohibiting bathing and doing laundry. Violators of this policy may lose their library privileges. This isn’t a joke-this is a real concern in their community. While most of our visitors don’t violate these types of rules, due to the proximity of our town at the crossroads of two major highways, we see a lot of characters passing through. People have taken naps and have stolen toilet paper and maps. Sometimes a book goes missing, but that happens. When the Director finds herself asking someone if she can move their trash bags out of the way so the Lego Kids can walk through, it’s a concern. When a visiting patron gives too much attention to our staff members, this is a concern.
The library is a place for the vulnerable. It’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We have water to drink and a clean bathroom. It’s a place where people can use the computers, something you can’t do while out on the road. Not everyone owns smart phones. Not everyone has internet in their homes. The library was created to serve all people. However, we live in a world where the thoughtful use of a space can help prevent harmful things from happening.
Although the library has two entrances, the staff is unable to see either entrance from the circulation desk or from most areas of the building. There isn’t a line of site to the children’s section as this sits in the addition to the other side of the building. If a patron enters the building from the East door and walks directly into the children’s section, the staff have no idea who has entered the building. If a patron enters through either door and quickly makes their way behind the stacks and moves around the perimeter of the stacks, the staff can not see who has entered the building.
When people enter through the East door, they often approach the door of the Director’s office, as it is confusing for first time users of the library. There is only one door to the office, no way for the Director to see who is entering and no way to exit. There have been times when upset patrons step into the doorway of the office to speak with the Director regarding a complaint, again with no way for the person in the office to exit this room. Safety and Security. Two words that are essential in the design of public places. We’d like to address some of these concerns during our Open House which is scheduled on October 9th from 4-6 PM.
Example of children and adults sharing space
The Arapahoe Public Library along with the City of Arapahoe was awarded a matching grant from the Civic and Community Center Financing Fund in April of this year. The (CCCFF) grants are awarded to municipalities and administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) to encourage and foster quality of life in our communities. CCCFF grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The Arapahoe Public Library Board sought this grant opportunity and thus far a feasibility study, which included a user survey of the Arapahoe Public Library, has been completed. This summer representatives from Olsson Associates and Wilkins Architecture, Design and Planning have met with the Board, the Arapahoe Public Library Foundation and members from the Friends Group to discuss the current space and the potential for a remodel.
One of library’s main goals is to focus on programming for youth that follows the practices of Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering and Math or STREAM. We’re accomplishing this goal by offering a variety of programs such as Mad Science Mondays, Reading with Rembrandt, Lego Club, and a variety of other programs like Grandparent’s Day, Native American appreciation, and donuts with a police officer day to name a few. Our local math teacher offered a robotics program this summer. And of course we offer a very active summer reading program and a teen advisory group. The school children in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade visit the library once a month during the school year.
However, when a children’s program is held, this space must be shared between the adults and the children of our community. Herein lies part of our current building’s problem. While an addition was made to the building in 1985 after it was converted to the library from the Peace Lutheran Church, after 33 years of growth, it’s too small for any programs, meetings, or gatherings.
The noise level and congestion often turn away our adult patrons when children are present. Additionally, some parents decline our programs knowing that their children may be in the presence of other adults that are not familiar to them. An Open House on how the library would like to address these issues will be held on October 9th from 4-6 PM. Refreshments will be served.
Arapahoe is considering some improvements to our library. The attached survey asks about the library’s current usage and it’s needs. It only takes a couple of minutes and we appreciate your feedback.
This week for the summer reading program the kids got to meet a real ballerina! We read The Nutcracker in Harlem by T.E. McMorrow, listened to some beautiful music from The Nutcracker Suite and learned a lot about stage performances and tutus!