A friend of the library is someone who desires to support the mission and purpose of the Hartland Public Library. An individual or family may join and offer support solely through their membership dues. Some members may be interested in helping with one project while others may want to give a broader range of support to the library. Anyone interested is welcome to join at any time.
The current friends group began in January of 2017. An open meeting was held to determine if there was support for forming such a group. Those present were interested and willing to initiate planning, to determine the feasibility of a group, and to begin to draft a mission and bylaws. The group worked closely with the Board of Trustees who approved the proposed mission and bylaws. We are now ready to take the next step and make our vision a reality. Some of the important goals of the group are:
to support the work of the librarian
to assist in providing a variety of library programs for the community
to raise funds, particularly for special projects
to work more closely with the schools
to meet the information needs of citizens of Hartland and the surrounding communities
Our accomplishments to date include:
A Womens History Month Video entitled: Peace is a Womans Job: The Journey of Jeannette Rankin
A Womans History Month contest where 11 students from Nokomis High School submitted essays about a historical figure who inspired them in their lives and career choices
A presentation by Laurie Graves, author of the young adult fantasy novel Maya and the Book of Everything
Support of and participation in the Family Reading Carnival
A yard sale which netted $514.75. Income from this sale paid for the author visit, a sandwich board to advertise library programs, and supported the Summer Reading Program.
Assisting with the Summer Reading Program in a variety of ways
A fall clean-up of the library: raking leaves, washing windows, picking up trash, and some interior cleaning.
Initiating a monthly Travel Talks program and a monthly Kids Crafts
Additional activities that have been proposed for the coming year include:
A program on human trafficking
Involvement in planning and celebrating Hartland’s 200th anniversary
Our next step is to invite new members to join in anticipation of our first annual meeting which will be held in the later part of March. At that time, officers will be elected. We hope that you will join our group and support the library in a manner that works for your time and interests.