Librarian Shirley Sheppard said 2001 was a “fantastic” year at the Emo Public Library.
“Donations have been up, book return has been great, and projects held [saw] awesome support from the public,” she noted.
“I must comment on the volunteer work,” Sheppard added. “We had plenty who offered at various levels, [which] made everything so much easier.”
Sheppard also noted the EPL is selling copies of the 100th Emo Birthday Cookbooks, “River of Thyme,” for $10 each to bring in revenue.
“Each year, the library benefits from the generous donations and support of our patrons in personal or memorial contributions,” said Sheppard, adding they also appreciate the anonymous donations placed in the fundraising jar as well as donations of books, videos, etc.
The quilt fundraiser raised more than $1,400. Others included the Mother’s Day craft wreath draw, Chapple Recreation fundraising dance donations, toy car raffle, and a donation by Emo Scouts.
The EPL also recognized Marlene and Jim Hayes for their generous donations in purchasing the books and videos pertaining to the series, “Canada, A People’s History.”
They also had donated a complete collection of Louis L’Amour titles.
Sheppard also wanted to extend a big thank you to the EPL board members who came out and assisted with its book sale and barbecue, especially to master chef Russ Fortier and his helpe, Rick Seidel.
All donations over $100 are engraved on a plaque.
Sheppard said the EPL’s summer reading program, which had the theme “Summer Mystery Sleuths, was successful, with more than 40 children taking part until it wrapped up Aug. 13.
Summer student Christina Schulzki was responsible for receiving the book reports—either written, oral, or drawn—and compiling the bulletin board display.
The staff and board of the EPL congratulates all who took part in the program and hope to see all out again next summer.
EPL membership is free to residents of Emo, La Vallee, Chapple, and Morley. Non-residents are subject to a $20 annual membership fee.
The EPL owns more than 25,000 books, with an average monthly circulation of 17,212.
Since the EPL recognizes no single library can meet all the requirements and demands of local patrons, it supports and participates in an active inter-library loan service.
Through this network (ILLO), and with Internet access, all library patrons in Ontario have access to regional, provincial, and national library materials.