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CCL to celebrate ‘Friends’ Month

CCL to celebrate ‘Friends’ Month CCL to celebrate ‘Friends’ Month

The Colby Community Library has planned the following events and activities for the month of October:

The Colby Lions Drive-Thru Smelt Fry is Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4-7 p.m., at the Colby Lions Shelter. Members of the Friends of the Colby Community Library will be assisting the Lions, so it may be one of them who packages your carry-out order or brings the meal to your vehicle.

If you run an in-home daycare or teach at an institutional one, CCL staff can supply monthly babysitter totes.

These totes are filled with book, movies and activity plans based on changing themes, so you can have story times when they are convenient for you in your own home or facility. Home school and classroom library care packages are also available. Contact the library ASAP to register.

If you have been sewing or purchasing items for Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) during the COVID shutdown, the CCL will collect them and get them to the organization. Remember, twin-sized bedding is the size SHP provides when delivering beds to youth. Needed items include quilts, comforters, sheets, pillowcases, mattress pads and pillows.

Friends of Libraries Month

October is National Friends of Libraries Month. Visit the CCL to celebrate with several activities that highlight the “Focus on 20/20” theme: 1). Look over the display of “eye-catching” prizes. For each item checked out during October, earn tickets for the drawing at the end of the month.

2) Anyone signing up to become a lifetime member of the Friends group during the month of October will receive a free Friends t-shirt or canvas library bag.

3) Select from a variety of handmade fabric bookmarks when checking out items.

4) Pick up a free “God’s Eye” (“Ojo de Dios”) project kit while supplies last.

The local Friends of the Colby Community Library group plays a vital role in supporting the CCL with time, talent, and treasure.

Parking lot addition

The CCL parking lot addition is on schedule. The binder coat was applied and, in the spring, the finish coat and painting of lines will occur. The project was made possibly by a donation from the family of Pearl Vorland — Jim and Pam Vorland and Mary and Allen Singstock. When the library is able to host community events again, there will be ample parking.

Displays of autumn, spooky (and not so spooky), true crime, and harvest books and movies are on display for the month of October. Also, check out the new audio books, large prints, Wisconsin/local history volumes and cozy mysteries.

Adult challenge

Remember to be filling out the Eye Spy Adult Reading and Movie Challenge for 2020. Entries are due Dec. 31 for drawings for gift certificates from the Abby/ Colby Crossings Chamber.

It is with sadness that CCL shares the news that Mary Dorn, CCL Board of Trustee member, died on Sept. 19.

Mary served on the Colby Library Board of Trustees for over two decades. She was also a member of the Clark County Library Board for 12 years. She will be greatly missed for her level-headed recommendations and expertise on the board, her support of the library, and also for her sense of humor.

Stop in to welcome two new employees to the CCL. Susan Storks and Glory Maxam were hired from many applications for shelving/assistant positions.

Susan and Glory will be replacing long-time employees Vlasta K. Blaha (14 years) and Emily Mueller (13 years).

Mask mandate extended

The Governor’s Emergency Order #1 was extended through Nov. 21, 2020, so patrons are asked to bring a mask. CCL will also them available for you—ages 5 and up.

If you cannot wear a mask, you are asked not to enter the building, and library staff will assist you with curbside service. Call 715-223-2000 to schedule a pick up during open hours.

Autumn hours

The CCL’s autumn hours are Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first hour of each day, from 9 to 10 a.m., is reserved for patrons with health risks or those age 60 or over. Masks are required.