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Help out Spillville Public Library: Fundraiser Saturday from 10-2
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Help out Spillville Public Library: Fundraiser Saturday from 10-2

A Vendor fundraiser for the Spillville Public Library will be held this Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 am to 2 pm with part of the proceeds going to the library. Also during the event Elaine Hegg from Calmar will have a book signing from her recently published non-fiction book called Death in a One-Room Country School, Saturday. Elaine will be available from noon to 2 p.m. with a presentation at 1 p.m.

 There will also be Bozi's Beads, the Glass Garden by Sadie and Thirty-one, Scentsy, Tupperware, and Pampered Chef, Design by Georgia Klimesh with her lovely light decorations for all occasions will be on hand as well as creative crocheted goods from Bridget Adam who many know for her cute head bands for young girls will have headbands, hair clips, hats, dish cloths, and earrings available. Bridget’s son, Chance, has been busy making bracelets also. Yes, yours truly, Joyce Meyer Photography, will again be there. I’m selling my photos on canvas, paper, framed. Lots of my canvas prints have just arrived and anxious to showcase them, some are from the area and some from fall in New England that I took in October. If you were at the Decorah Craft sale, most of those sold the first day.

So I have ordered the same that sold and added much more. I’m very happy with the company that I am now going with for my canvas enlargements and I think you will be too. I will also have a few of my photo book samples for you to gaze at in case you can’t quite decide on a gift for that special someone in your life, one is a 5x7 and the other 6x8 which showcases many of the Fall in New England. I’ve also gotten 6 more cards added since the last fundraiser, totaling up to about 20 cards of local places such as the Sacred Heart looking down on local churchs, local and Fall in New England scenics, seasons, wildlife and holiday cards for low price of only $2 a piece!

 Spillville Library Director Renae Franzen says, “The library is much more than a place to check out books. We have programs and services for everyone in our community. Nice, eager, friendly, highly-trained librarians are standing by, waiting to help you find the information you're looking for.”

 A bit of history about the library and how it has grown taken from their website: Some of you may remember when they were growing up the library was housed the old public school building and founded in 1980 by residents who realized that the people of Spillville area, especially students, were at a definite disadvantage due to lack of library services. The library was started with borrowed furniture, donated books and a volunteer staff. The city provided a room in the old public school. A librarian was hired in October of that year. In 1985, the Library Board began plans and fund-raising for a new library/ community center. The library moved into a new building in November 1986 that was debt free. As usage grew, the Library Board realized that additional space would be required to meet the needs of the community. They placed an addition into their ten year plan.

Fund raising and grant writing ensued. Construction began May 2002 to double the size of the library. On December 1, 2002 the library reopened its doors to a completely remodeled, enlarged library with two additional meeting rooms. The library provides all the usual library services with special emphasis on children's programming: story hour for preschoolers, summer reading activities and library services for St. Wenceslaus attendance center students. The Library sponsors various adult education programs throughout the year and hosts meal site/programs for Senior Citizens. Over 20 local service groups use our meeting rooms. The South Winneshiek First Responders use the library as their base of operation in the Spillville area. Free high speed internet access from Mediacom is provided for the community in house. Computer instruction is offered at the library on Tuesday afternoons from 2-3 PM. On April 17, 2005, the Spillville Public Library celebrated it 25th year of service to the community. It used the occasion to dedicate the platform/lift to the basement. Because the lower level is now handicap accessible, they began work on a large meeting room there. Recently volunteers have been painting the downstairs meeting room.

 There is something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, so don’t forget to stop over at the Spillville Public Library at 201 Oak Street in Spillville.

 Saturday, November 16 from 10 to 2. Help out the library at the same time! See you there!

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