Spring 2014 Friends of the

Friends of the Library
Non-Profit Org.
c/o Fremont Area District Library
104 E. Main Street
Fremont, MI 49412
Fremont, MI
Friends turn 50!
Permit No. 106
Return Service Requested
M,T,TH 10:00 am—7:00 pm
W,F 10:00 am—5:00 pm
Ages 3-5 — Our preschool storytimes
will run through Thursday, April 17th.
Join us for great times with stories,
movies, songs and crafts.
Sat. 10:00 am— 1:00 pm
Babies and Toddlers (up to age 2) —
Toddler Time runs through April 16th.
Join us for stories, lapsits, fingerplays,
music and movement activities.
Wednesdays @ 10:30 am
Carolyn Comden
Happy Birthday!
Children’s Events
Give Newaygo!
Book Groups
So much more…
104 East Main Street
Fremont, MI 49412
Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm
Thursdays @ 10:30 am
Friends of the
Fremont Area District Library
(231) 924-3480
It’s never too late to express gratitude to someone, so on behalf of the Friends of
the Fremont Area District Library, thank you, Nancy Johnson, for your leadership
in starting our Friends organization 50 years ago! In 1964, Nancy was on the
library board when she was encouraged by a friend to start a Friends group.
Nancy says it was easy to get others to join; all she had to do was ask!
The primary goal back in 1964 was simply to support the library. With Nancy as
the first president, they held meetings and helped in any capacity where they were
needed. When asked what changes she is most proud of, Nancy responds, “our
Gift Shop.” In 2013, the Friends provided over $8,000 to support the library. The
moneys helped to purchase books and AV materials as well as subsidizing the
annual summer reading program for children, teens, and adults. Friends also
continued the “baby’s first book” program, which gives a new board book and
other “goodies” to mothers of new babies at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
Health Services. Nancy Johnson is still an active member of the Friends, helping
out with many social events and volunteering in the Gift Shop.
Our members work hard at our annual book sale held in conjunction with the
Gerber Baby Food Festival, host the Writer’s Live at the Library, and read to residents at the Newaygo Medical Care Facility. Many of our members have specialty
collections that we display on a monthly basis in the display case just outside the
Gift Shop.
Membership applications are available in the Gift Shop. If you have a friend or
family member who would be interested in joining the Friends, they can stop in
there or contact Sandy Luchies, Membership Chair at 231-924-4767.
Plans are under way to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Watch for details in the
newspaper, and be sure to join us at our meeting in April to meet Nancy Johnson
“up close and personal!”
Memorial Day
Monday, May 26, 2014
Save the Date!
It is with great sadness that we note the death of
Carolyn Comden. Carolyn was a long-time employee of the Library, working in the Circulation
Department for 24 years before her retirement in
2011. She passed away on February 14, 2014.
Friends of the Fremont
Area District Library
Annual Meeting
Writing Workshop - February 27 & March 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
Local authors Esther Jiran and Wendy Sinicki share tips about active vs.
passive voice, showing vs. telling, developing new word choices, and more.
Come for one or both sessions.
Carolyn enjoyed reading and playing the piano.
She was also an avid NASCAR fan who loved
cheering for her grandchildren at their sporting
A full obituary can be viewed in the Grand Rapids
Press. Memorial contributions can be made to the
library or the West Michigan Miracle League.
Fremont Area District Library
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Bluebirds in Your Backyard - March 8 @ 10:30 a.m.
Jim and Carol McGrath of Nature Discovery will present tips on how to
successfully attract these beautiful birds, who are voracious insect-eaters,
to your yard or garden. Nesting boxes will be available for purchase.
From Flames to Freedom - March 27 @ 7:00 p.m.
Jean Schuler, President of the Friends of the Library presented Library Director Ray Arnett a check
in the amount of $6,520 in January. Each year the library staff gives the Friends a “Wish List” of
items that they would like to purchase for the library. This year, the Children’s Department
received money to purchase new books, AV materials and a new toy train. They also received
money for prize books for the summer reading program. In addition, the Teen and Adult Departments received money to purchase books including graphic novels, large print, non-fiction, and
audio books.
During the year, the Friends help the library in other ways - including the Live at the Library
program. Since the Friends’ Room opened in 2000 the total amount of donations given to the
library has exceeded $135,000.
Michigan author Skaidrite “Rita” Sparks shares her experience as a girl growing
up in Latvia during World War II. An “inspirational, beautifully written and
heart-warming” story.
Michael Spradlin - April 24 @ 7:00 p.m.
Michael Spradlin is the author of over a dozen books for children. When
asked about a common theme in his stories, he replies “Stuff blows up!”
Great program for aspiring authors, especially boys. Books will be available
for purchase.
We want to keep in touch! Please let us know if you have a
“southern” address, as well as when you leave and when you
return so we can get your newsletter to you on time.
Newsletters are mailed in March, June, September,
and December.
A Thousand Letters Home - April 30 @ 12:00 noon
Author Teresa Irish discovered nearly 1,000 letters written by her father and
compiled them into this fascinating story. Drinks and desserts provided;
bring your lunch. Books will be available for purchase.
Fremont Area District Library ∙ 104 East Main Street ∙ Fremont, MI 49412 ∙ (231) 924-3480 ∙ www.fremontlibrary.net
Fremont Lions Club
After School Read-Aloud
Give Local, Newaygo County!
Members of the Fremont Lions Club will be doing afterschool reading sessions twice a month
at the Fremont Area District Library. For more information, contact Roxanne Landin in the
Children’s Room at 231-928-0249.
On Tuesday, May 6th, 2014, the Fremont Area Community Foundation will be hosting a Match Day in honor of the
100th anniversary of community foundations. The location of the event is still to be determined, so watch the paper for
the exact place. The event will be held from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm; the Foundation will match all gifts given on that
day! The match will be up to 50 cents for every dollar contributed with a maximum match to the library of $25,000 and
a total maximum for all non-profits of $250,000.
Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 – 4:00
March 5th
April 2nd
May 7th
March 17th
April 21st
May 19th
Who’s on Board?
Mary Thomas ………………. President
Lorna Hoppa ……………….. Vice President
Judy Alderink ……...……… Secretary
Candee Parkhurst ……… Treasurer
Marcia Eib …………………… Trustee
Beth Mooy …….…………….. Trustee
DuWayne Schuler ..…….. Trustee
Raymond Arnett - Library Director
This is a unique opportunity for the library to raise funds while also building our endowment fund at the Community
Friends of FADL Board Directory:
FADL Board Members:
Please mark your calendar and plan to support the library during this special fund drive. By giving to the library, you
will help support programs like Live @ the Library and Summer Reading, as well as good books and other library
materials. In addition, this special match will help build the library’s endowment fund for the future and provide a “for
good, for ever” gift to the library.
Jean Schuler
Karla Johnson
Mary Butterick
Peg May
Marcia Eib
Sue Delaney
Rosemary Tittle
Arleen Frost
Sandy Luchies
Gloria Helgemo
Marjorie Salata
Lorna Hoppa
Vice President
Past President
Book Sale Director
Collections / Decorating
Friends’ Room Director
Membership Director
Outreach Director
Social Committee Director
Representative to Lib. Bd.
March 5th & 19th
2:30 pm
April 2nd & 16th
2:30 pm
May 7th & 21st
2:30 pm
Join us as we discuss the writing process and assist fellow authors. We meet in the upper
level conference room of the library. Call the Reference Department at (231) 928-0256 for
questions and more information.
Help Wanted
The Friends of the Fremont Area District Library turns 50 this year!
FADL Board Meeting Dates - 2014
All meetings are held at 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Room on the third Tuesday of each month.
** Meetings are open to the public. **
January 21
February 18
March 18
April 15
July 15
May 20
August 19
June 17
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16
We will kick off the anniversary celebrations with a party at our meeting in April.
Additionally, we would like to do more by having a party for the whole community.
If you are willing to help with planning and/or working on a community
event, or if you have ideas that you would like to share….
Please contact Karla Johnson at 231-924-6978.
Adult Department, on the fourth Thursday of each month. Books will be available at the Circulation
Desk a few weeks before the meeting. Everyone is welcome.
Storytimes - Preschool
The Spring session of our Preschool (ages 3 - 5) storytimes runs through Thursday, April
17th. Join us for great times with stories, movies, songs and crafts.
Tuesdays @ 1:30 p.m.
Daytime Book Discussion — Meets at 11:30 a.m. by the north fireplace in the
Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.
Storytimes - Toddler Time
March 27th -- An Irish Country Doctor, by Patrick Taylor
April 24th -- Title will be determined at March meeting
May 22nd -- Title will be determined at April meeting
Call Susan Herrick at the Reference Department, (231) 928-0257, for more information.
The Toddler Time (up to age 2) program Spring session ends on April 16th. Join us until
then for stories, lapsits, fingerplays, music and movement activities.
Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Readers Book Discussion
Read to Pluto - Wednesday, March 12th -- 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Practice your reading skills with Pluto the Saint Bernard! Pluto’s coming with his friends from The
Farm to enjoy an afternoon of book sharing and listening. Bring your favorite story, or read one of
Afterschool Movie - Thursday, March 20th -- 3:30 pm
Frozen. Rated PG; 102 minutes. Anna and Kristoff journey to save Anna’s sister. Based on “The Snow
Queen,” by Hans Christian Andersen. Snacks will be provided. In the Children’s Department.
Spring Craft Make & Take - Saturday, April 12th -- 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Welcome in spring with some great crafts! In the Children’s Department. All are welcome!
Wednesday Readers – Meets at 7:00 in the Community Room
on the second Monday of every month. Books are available at the circulation desk. Everyone is welcome. Contact Jill Hansen for more information,
(231) 928-0256.
March 10 -- Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
April 14 -- Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
May 12 -- Annie’s Ghosts, by Steve Luxenburg (Great Michigan Reads)
Afterschool Movie - Thursday, April 17th -- 3:30 pm
It’s a mystery movie! We’ll be showing a great movie for afterschool, but we’re not sure which
one yet. So, save the date, and call the Children’s Department as the time gets closer for more
information. As always, refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome!
Mother’s Day Craft Make & Take - Saturday, May 10th -- 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Make a gift for Mom for Mother’s Day! In the Children’s Department. All are welcome!
Afterschool Movie - Thursday, May 22nd -- 3:30 pm
It’s another mystery movie! We’ll be showing a great movie for afterschool, but we’re not sure which one yet.
So, save the date, and call the Children’s Department as the time gets closer for more information. As
always, refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome!
Contact the Children’s Department by calling (231) 928-0249.
March 9th - Introduction to Computers
April 17th - Basic Excel
March 11th - Basic Word
April 22nd - PowerPoint
Contact Susan Herrick, (231) 928-0257, for more information.