Friends of the Library -- History
In March of 2008 the Friend of the Thomas St. Angelo Library came together to support the library building project. The group started with National Library Week coffee and cookies and a garden party fundraiser in April, they sewed book bags to be given away with a library donation. In June they raised $3000 selling brats at the local food stand. In July they served coffee and desserts when the building committee unveiled the new library plans. During the summer they helped bring in over $20,000 for the new building by preparing and mailing over 2000 pledge cards. In August they walked in the local festival parade wearing hard hats and carrying golden shovels to let people know that after the parade we would be breaking ground for the new building. In October they raised over $5000 with a tour of homes/theme basket auction. In December they assisted with a wine and cheese auction event. In February of 2009 they raised more money at a cabaret/chicken dinner held in partnership with the local theater group. On April 18th they helped to move into the new addition and served lunch to all the volunteers. Two days later they had a special coffee event for Katherine Robinson, a much loved former librarian who is now confined to a wheel chair. The event celebrated Mrs. Robinson’s years of service and the fact that our new facility is accessible to all. Over 100 people came to honor Katherine and see the new library. In May they celebrated one of our librarians 30 years of service. In June they raised $1000 at the Art in the Park book sale. In July the Friends served food to over 200 people who came to the official grand opening of the new facility and repeated the brat stand fundraiser. Last weekend their float promoting our pajama story time won second place in the local festival parade. Everyone connected with the new library realizes that we could not have accomplished all we have without the help of our Friends. The group is now moving on to encourage programming at the new facility. They recently voted to purchase a movie license for the library. In September they will be serving cookies during an author visit and for a special children’s program. They are already planning an incredible celebration for Halloween.
The year is going to be over in the blink of an eye and this seems like a good time to take a look back at what we have accomplished in 2010 and thank those wonderful people like you who made it all possible.
January 8th was our first brown bag of the year. Somehow you served lunch for all 50 people who attended. In February you served all those who came to hear Jeno Herman in the meeting room and made sure there was room for everyone even though we had three more people than we were planning to allow. Valentine’s Day you kicked off our new Sunday hours with treats for over 71 people. In March 60 people came to hear Dr Ankarlo at the brown bag. About 60 more came to celebrate Andrew Carnegie’s birthday in April and eat the wonderful treats you provided on that beautiful serving table. In May you fed 50 people at the gardening brown bag. Every Sunday last summer you served sundaes to 30 or 40 people and helped to arrange for special music. Your picnic by the lake to end the summer reading program was great! You even did popcorn for our puppet show. In September we had over 100 people for Mr. Krueger and another 30 for the Mary Hubler good-bye. In October an amazing 83 people showed up for the Ice age brown bag and you fed them all. We ended the year with the Halloween safe trick or treat, the haunted program, the Native American program and the Veteran’s Day brown bag. And, we topped it all off with the wonderful Christmas open house in December – the cookies you served were to die for. In all over 1000 people experienced the warm hospitality of the Friends of the Thomas St Angelo Public Library last year. I believe everyone of them went away impressed with what you are doing. We hear only good things about our programs.
Not only were you there helping at every event and making people feel welcome, you also purchased many things that made life better for everyone here at the library including the magazine rack for kids, the locking DVD cases (we say a thank you every day for those), part of the new speaker system (one that finally, really works great), programs for kids, a popcorn machine for our Sunday Family afternoons at the library – just to name a few.
And, when you were not busy with all of that you re-instated your non-profit status, developed an awesome Friends brochure, worked on the local history photos, did the art in the park book sale, did the Louie’s fundraiser (groan), put up a mitten/stocking tree (we’ve emptied it twice already) and developed new and exciting programs for seniors that I am sure will be replicated widely soon.
What a year it has been!! I know I have forgotten things, but I read over this list and sit here shaking my head. I cannot imagine how anyone could possibly say thank you for all of this. You are the most amazing group EVER. Please know that everyone on the staff, the Board and each person who comes in the door of our library is very, very grateful for all you have done.
By-Laws of the Friends of the Library
BY -LAWS OF THE FRIENDS OF THE CUMBERLAND THOMAS ST. ANGELO PUBLIC LIBRARY
ARTICLE I NAME
The name of this organization shall be Friends of the Cumberland Thomas St. Angelo Public Library.
ARTICLE 11 ADDRESS
The principal address of this organization shall be located in Cumberland, Barron County, Wisconsin. The address of this organization shall be: Friends of the Library, P. O. Box 97, Cumberland, WI 54829
ARTICLE 111 PURPOSE
The purposes of this organization are to encourage closer relations between the Cumberland community and the library; to promote the use of the Library by all segments of the Cumberland community; to enrich the resources and facilities of the Cumberland Library; and to establish a volunteer program to assist the Library in meeting the needs of the community.
ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in this organization shall be open to all individuals in agreement with its purposes.
Section 2. Each member shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the members.
Section 3. There shall be the following classifications of memberships: Youth to age 18, Adult, Family, Life.
Section 4. Membership in this organization is not transferable or assignable.
ARTICLE V DUES 1. Youth to age 18 $3.00 2. Adults 5.00 3. Family 10.00 4. Life 100.00
Dues will be paid annually in July to cover the period from July 1 to June 30.
ARTICLE VI MEETINGS
Section 1. The full membership shall meet on the third Thursday of each month to transact business as may come before the meeting.
Section 2. The meeting place shall be any place within the City of Cumberland or immediately surrounding areas designated by the officers. If no designation is made, the meeting place shall be the Cumberland Public Library
Section 3. Notice of meetings shall be by calling committee, and/or notice in the local paper, and/ormail. The purpose or purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the notice.
Section 4. A quorum must be present to conduct any business. A quorum shall be, one officer and five members.
Section 5. Special meeting may be called by officer or set by six or more voting members. Persons calling the meeting shall fix the place for holding such meeting.
Section 6. The annual meeting shall be the third Thursday of July starting with the year 2008.
Section 7. Meetings shall be conducted according to Roberts Rules of Order.
ARTICLE VII OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of this organization shall be president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.
Section 2. Nominations of all officers to be elected for a two year term shall be presented by a three member nominating committee at the time of elections and shall also nominate persons for any vacancies that might arise and then be voted on by the membership. The person elected to fill the vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired portion of the term of office. The nominating committee shall be elected at the annual meeting.
Section 3. The president shall be the principal executive office of the organization and shall preside at all meetings, shall, in general, supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the organization, may sign, with the treasurer, any documents to be executed, and in general perform all duties incident to the office
Section 4. The vice-president shall, in the absence of the president, perform the duties of the president.
Section 5. The secretary shall maintain the organization's books and records and shall be the recorder of the organization's formal actions and transaction, shall see that all meeting notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of the by-laws, and, in general, perform all duties incident to the office.
Section 6. The treasurer shall be responsible for and have charge and custody of all funds and securities of the organization, shall receive and give receipts for money due and payable to the organization from any source whatever, shall deposit all such monies in the name of the organization in the bank and, in general, perform all of the duties incident to the office
Section 7. The books shall be audited annually before the July meeting by a 3-member auditing committee to be appointed by the president.
Section 8. The officer shall receive no compensation for their services.
Section 9. The bank shall be selected by a majority of those present at the annual meeting. This shall be voted on only once.
ARTICLE VIII AMENDMENTO BY-LAWS Adoptions, amendments or repeals of any or all of the by-laws of this organization shall be made at any meeting of the general membership, by 2/3 vote of those present. The adoption, amendment, or repeal will be proposed at one meeting and voted on at the next. Notification of adoption, amendment or repeal shall be made to members prior to the meeting at which voting is taking place.
ARTICLE IX DISBANDMENT If this organization shall disband, fold or discontinue to meet, all money in the treasury shall be given to the Cumberland Thomas St. Angelo Public Library
Approved July 10, 2008