January 10, 2020
Tot Time Book Shower
Battle of Books
Paul Bauer for PreSchool $250
Google Map for Schoolcraft Library
Student Art Exhibit, Music in the Park, Art Hop on May 1st
- January 10 | FOL Meeting
- February 14 | FOL Meeting
- March 13 | FOL Meeting
FOSCL Meeting Minutes
Friday, November 8, 2019
Present: Roxanne Wilkins, Deb Christiansen, Mary Ann Doyle, AnJie Havens, Kelly Bergland, Karen Laing
Secretary’s Report – the minutes from the October meeting were read and approved (AnJie, Kelly)
Treasurer’s Report – the Treasurer’s Report was read and approved (AnJie, Kelly)
FOL Dues: for the Friends of the Michigan Libraries have been paid.
Jersey Giant Fundraiser – AnJie tried to speak with the manager several times and is waiting to hear back from them. Weirdly though, the man at the store was not terribly familiar with this particular fundraiser so that seem a bit odd. It started by information being sent to us, not us pursuing it. Unless AnJie hears back from the manager, we’re going to stop considering this, it looks like a lot of work for potentially not much profit for us.
1000 Cranes by Christmas – We’re up to $ 286.00. 165 cranes have been made but not all hung. Deb is advertising in a variety of ways and next Tuesday evening will be another folding event, 5:30 – 7:15
Christmas Walk, December 6 – 7 – Deb is creating a great four page flyer for this, which will include information about other activities happening, which she will get out to people asap.
On Saturday she’d like to get a Disney sing-along happening at the library, 10:30-11:30, Princesses and Pirates. Deb will MC this and has found the sing-alongs on YouTube. The goal is to have fun and get people into town!
We do need a new connector for our projector. It costs 10.00. Debbie moved that we get it; seconded by AnJie. Deb will look into it.
Jim Dean – It’s a done deal with the Data Guardian passive fundraiser (document shredding). We will get our code when Kelly goes to see him, this week or next. She will also get a price list of their services.
Tot Time Book Shower – We will do this on February 22, Saturday morning and hand out information about it at Battle (on the 15th). Tot Time begins again in March The staff would register for the books they want on Amazon. Time: 10 am. We’ll have shower games and prizes and decorations and food.
Garden Tour – We talked about doing this in the summer, possibly Schoolcraft and Vicksburg. Deb wondered if there are around 8 women who garden who would like to have their home on the tour. At this point we have Mary Ann, Diane, possibly Kristen Poll ….
Kelly went to the Victorian Garden Club in Vicksburg’s annual meeting and proposed the idea of doing this as a joint thing. The date would be July 11-12, 10-4 both days. She proposed that FOSCL would do the promoting and ticket sales, and the split would be 60-40. They would do their own planning for Vicksburg and we would do ours here in Schoolcraft.
There was some discussion and they will be discussing it in future meetings and Kelly gave a March 1 deadline to decide on this. She will get back in touch with them at the end of February.
As far as Schoolcraft, we could do a walking tour in the village, and add in those like Diane and Mary Ann who are outside the village.
Deb talked about doing a pop-up art show in conjunction with the Garden Tour, perhaps in the park, and that would be where people could come get their wristbands and information.
So how do we recruit people for this? We could try going through some of the village facebook pages (library, Memories of Growing Up in Schoolcraft, the Historical Society). Maybe ask Jim the florist if he has any ideas.
Libations: Kelly went to a meeting with the library’s Board of Trustees to talk about a wine-tasting or beer-tasting at the library, a social gathering for adults. One of them was vehemently opposed to it. We are not required to pass it by them but it’s good for us to do so because most people don’t know the distinction between Library and Friends of the Library.
Liability might be an issue.
We agreed that if anyone disagrees with it we won’t do it.
Roxanne said Pam reported that with the exception of the one person, the board seemed okay with it as long it is not the main point of the gathering. If it’s in conjunction with something else, that’s fine. However, Kelly’s sense remains that if one person is opposed we shouldn’t do it.
It was decided to table the issue for now.
Battle of the Books – February 15, 2020. They need help, as usual.
Palooza: August 6, 2020.
For the New Year: Deb reported that she has found out we are a 501 (3) (c), which allows us some flexibility in bringing in different programs and getting them funded by grants and she would like us to start doing some of that.
She also bought a new domain name, Schoolcraft Library Friends.org, it has more search terms in it.
Next Meeting: December 13, 10 am
Debbie Dehart, Secretary
October 11, 2019
Present: Roxanne Wilkins, AnJie Havens, Diane Westfall, Kelly Bergland, Mary Anne Doyle, Debbie Dehart
Secretary’s Report: read and approved (Kelly, Diane).
Treasurer’s Report: read and approved (Kelly, Debbie)
* Jim Dean was supposed to be here but as he wasn’t, Kelly told us about what he was going to present. It’s a passive fundraiser called Data Guardian, a document shredding company. They will come to your business and, for a fee, securely shred your stuff. They also do document storage. If we sign up with him, and then people use him, they can use our code and we will get back a percentage of what they pay him.
Kelly will get us signed up with him. (moved by Debbie, seconded by AnJie)
* Jersey Giant Subs fundraiser – a restaurant on Centre and Oakland. We will do one of those passive fundraisers through them as well. AnJie and Diane will provide the information about that in November, and we’ll look at doing it in the beginning of next year. They will set up a date for us. We will have to have someone at the restaurant the day of and AnJie will find out if it has to be for the whole period.
* We need a new President and Vice-President. Deb is willing to come back as President if Kelly will take the Vice-President position. Deb will be here in November.
* Pam’s Money Matters:
Gary Monroe: our computer guy, says he needs to make some additional purchases to get our new computers running, costing $676.00.
Deb Christiansen is requesting a donation towards photoshop elements for patron use which would also help with our Friends projects. It would be added to at least 2 computers and cost $27.00 per computer. We discussed how this would affect the printer – its life, purchase of toner cartridges, etc.
Wednesday October 16 there is an Open House for Jackie Chapin’s quilt exhibit (5:30-7:00 pm). We need cookies and punch. Also on Wednesday October 23 there will be the Zoomobile and Trick-or-Treating (6:00-7:15), and a preschool party on October 31. Pam is requesting $50.00 to cover the supplies needed for these events.
We decided to give $780.00 to cover all these expenses (Debbie, Diane).
Roxanne could also use some people scattered around the library to help pass out candy on the 23rd. (time: 6:50 or so).
They could also use candy for the trick-or-treaters.
* Emergency Money Requests by-law:
AnJie presented a possible by-law regarding the authority of the President to approve funds when there is a time issue and the rest of the committee is not available.
There was some discussion. It was decided not to change anything.
* Storage Area Cleaned: AnJie and Debbie cleaned the storage area in the back room and it is much less cluttered than it was.
*December meeting: it’s on the list but we don’t usually meet so disregard. If we need to meet to count money from the Cranes fundraiser we can just arrange to do that.
* The Cranes project – Kick-off is October 21 at 5:30-7, we’ll have donuts and cider. If you have any Christmas wrap you don’t need, cut it into 6” squares and donate it for folding the cranes.
* Garden Tour 2020 – no update at this point. We will discuss in November.
November is AnJie’s last official meeting because she’ll be gone at least until late May and will be getting her house ready to sell.
The Meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am! (Diane, Debbie).
November 8, 2019
FOL Dues paid
Jersey Giant Fundraiser
1000 Cranes by Christmas
December 6th and 7th
Tot Time Book Shower
Battle of the Books
- December 13 | FOL Meeting
1000 Cranes by Christmas
Cranes will be available for purchase at the library and on-line in the following denominations:
10 Gold Cranes – $50
5 Silver Cranes – $25
2 Green Cranes – $10
1 Red Crane – $5
The inside of the crane will contain the name of the donor or who the donor wishes to honor and a wish. Cranes will be made and hung in the Hobbit Tree at the Schoolcraft Community Library. 100% of proceeds will benefit Schoolcraft Community Library.
When purchasing a crane through Square, at check out, leave note for loved one or wish in box marked, “Add additional note to merchant (optional)”
Friends Store Front on Square
Or see our Facebook group:
Friends Facebook Group. The Facebook fundraiser app doesn’t allow changing the denominations so feel free to create your own amount.
When purchasing a crane through PayPal, enter the amount of donation, then select a crane color under “Use this donation for.” During check out, use the “Add a Note” to list the name of your donor or write a wish.
By Sue Moore
This holiday season the Friends of the Schoolcraft Library would like to give the Library 1,000 origami cranes to raise funds for library needs. The folded-paper cranes would decorate the library, secretly holding names of area residents, their hopes and wishes.
“Friends members will begin folding cranes at the Library on October 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. with cider and doughnuts offered,” said member Deb Christiansen. More mass folding workshops are to be scheduled. “Folding a crane can seem a little intimidating at first, but it’s really no more complicated than folding a paper airplane. There are just a few more steps.”
The project stems from an ancient Japanese legend: Someone who folds 1,000 cranes in a year will be granted a wish. The legend was revived in popular culture when a Japanese girl, Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb in 1945, hoped to fold 1,000 to heal her radiation poisoning. Even though stories vary on whether or not she completed 1,000 before her death, her spirit drives a legacy for peace in the Peace Crane Project and, in Hiroshima, the Children’s Peace Monument.
Christiansen first heard of the legend in college. “I attempted to fill my college dorm room ceiling at Kalamazoo College with as many cranes as I could make,” Christiansen said, “maybe in an attempt to ace a chemistry exam. That was a long time ago.” She thought the legend would be well suited for a Schoolcraft Library fundraiser. “Each crane is a symbol of the support given the library by the community with the added bonus of being an extraordinarily beautiful display. Traditionally, the cranes are strung and hung on strings, but since the library boasts the spectacular hobbit tree, we will start hanging them there.”
Contributions will be used for computer software and hardware. “There is a need for computer upgrades for the patrons with well-supported software running on each. My choice would be for Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign,” she said. Christiansen has formed a Facebook group for the Friends of the Schoolcraft Library for feedback from patrons on what software would best serve the community. “There is a copy of Microsoft Publisher on one of the computers. I’d be interested to hear if it would be used more if more people knew it was there.” Patrons can comment at Facebook.com/groups/schoolcraftlibraryfriends or via the message box at schoolcraftlibraryfriends.org.
Cranes will be available for sale at the library and online in many varieties: 10 gold cranes – $50, five silver cranes – $25, two green cranes – $10, one red crane – $5, one white crane – $1.
There will be a display set up at the library where patrons can purchase and fold a printed crane. Patrons may write a wish inside. There will be a matching donation made by the Jack Scobey Action Fund for the $1,000 collected. A gold level donor‘s name will be posted ten times on social media and at the library. A silver level donor will be posted five times, a green level donor twice and red and white donor, once. “This fundraiser is called ‘1,000 Cranes by Christmas,’ but we are hoping to have 1,000 cranes by the Schoolcraft Christmas Walk, December 6 and 7,” Christiansen said. “The library will be open during the Walk on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. giving the community an excellent time to see the crane display.”
The Schoolcraft Community Library has the following books available on the legend of the cranes. Sadako Sasaki: One Thousand Paper Cranes by Takayuki Ishii, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, and Sadako by Eleanor Coerr and Ed Young.
This is the status of our fundraiser to date.
Friends are the best!