Library's 90th Birthday Celebration
Yes! That’s right . . . The Library will be open this Sunday night from 7-9 PM to celebrate their 90th Birthday. March 12, 1927 Legion Memorial Library opened their doors in the meeting room of the Legion at City Hall. The Library would be open 3 days a week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7-9 PM. During the first couple of nights about 100 books were checked out. We’re planning on celebrating this milestone with a cake and hopefully checking out at least 90 books. Please join us this Sunday night, March 12th from 7-9 PM to remember our history and look to the future.
The story shared in, “By the Side of the Road,” by Joe Barabe begins with a logger named August Rohloff. He was dying and told Dr. Carl Lockhart that he had a small estate and nobody to leave it with. Dr. Lockhart thought it over and shared with Rohloff that maybe his estate could be used to start a library. The idea was presented at a meeting of the American Legion under the direction of Commander Rabbideau. Mark Ferrando, O.J. Guerin, A.E. Donais, Louis McCarthy, Ren Vought, Percy Fuller, Charles Markee, Reinhold Henke, Joe Kramer, Dan McPherson, Fred Keller and Dr. Lockhart, were listed as men in attendance that night. Charles Markee, O.J. Guerin and Fred Keller were given the order to organize a library in the Legion’s meeting hall. Advertisements were made for donations of fiction, history, and travel books to be collected at Rosenzweig’s Store where Charles Markee worked. Shelves for 500 books were installed in the meeting hall. Miss Davis, the Mellen School librarian also became librarian of the new library and named it, Legion Memorial. Davis cataloged 300-400 books and was assisted by Sere Stolen, Mellen School Latin and History teacher, Florence Wendt, Mellen School Commercial teacher, and Lucy O’Brien. Mrs. E.R. Wohlgemuth and Mrs. C.W. Lockhart were soon added on the library board.
Gladys Lockhart, Library Board Chairperson through 1959, and a succession of Librarians donated their time and obtained support from the Mellen City Council. Bernice Guerin took the helm until 1972. She made available Bookmobile and inter-library loan services. Joan Airoldi was the next librarian and was succeeded in 1981 by Judy Goeckermann who served until 2003. Tamara Meddock was here for a year. The present library director, Jennie Thewis, began her service in 2004.
The present library board of trustees are: Peter Russo, President; Amber Ericksen, Vice-President; Mardy Ehrhardt, Secretary; Kristi Broeniman, Treasurer; Gregg Peters; Betty White; Tana Turonie and Melinda Colver.
The present Friends of the Library officers are: Lawrence White, President, and Georgene Ericksen, Treasurer.
Library staff are Jennie Thewis, Susan MacArthur and Laura Neumann.
Current Open Hours are: Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-6 PM and Friday & Saturday, 9 AM to Noon.
We hope to see you this Sunday night at the Library!
Library News - January 25, 2017
The “New” Way to Publish Books - Thursday, Feb 2nd 6:00 p.m.
Mellen resident Ros Nelson will be on hand to explain what “print-on-demand” means and how it has changed the world of books. She will show samples of work she has designed and published for herself and others. Her business, Little Big Bay LLC, has worked with a number of area authors. Informal. Bring your questions! Refreshments and discussion.
New this year . . . “Staff Picks”. Each month I’ve asked Sue & Laura to join me in recommending books already on our shelves and to select new titles being released. Here are the staff title recommendations coming out in January: Jennie: Home Sweet Home by April Smith (Adult Fiction); Egg by Kevin Henkes (Children’s Book); and My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King (Adult Non-Fiction). Sue: Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian (Adult Fiction); and Frostblood by Elly Blake (Young Adult Fiction). Laura: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Adult Fiction); and Hideout by Watt Key (Juvenile Fiction). These books are now on order and will be cataloged and ready to check out soon. Remember to let us know if you’re interested.