|In the year 2000, the Newaygo Carnegie Library (and its
Croton Branch) was the only library in Newaygo County that did not have
a Friends of the Library organization supporting its efforts. Over the
course of three months early that year, a committed group of volunteers,
with the help of the Friends organization from White Cloud, founded the
Newaygo Carnegie and Croton Friends of the Library. Though over the
years the groupís name has changed (itís now known as the Friends of the
Newaygo Area District Library (NADL)) and different members have served
as officers, there has never been a change in the organizationís
commitment to supporting the Library. Through activity and advocacy
within the community and through fund-raising programs, the Friends have
increased the presence of and the resources for NADL.
The Friends have
participated in such community events as the Newaygo Arts and Crafts
Show, the Business Expo, the Labor Day Parade, and the Christmas Walk at
which they give out refreshments while conducting a much anticipated
The majority of the funds raised by the Friends comes from the sale
of donated items at our Bookstore. Begun many years ago in a small room
in the basement of the Library, the Bookstore is now located in the
former community room in the Newaygo City Hall. Countless volunteer
hours are spent organizing the wide variety of books and materials given
to the Friends by generous supporters of the Library. Open one or two
days a week during the warm months, the Bookstore has enabled the
Friends to enhance the Library and its programs in a number of
significant ways by providing funds for:
Books and Bookcases
Today, members of the Friends continue to give generously of their
time and talents to make the Newaygo Area District Library a better
library for all.
more program info
When: June 29, 11am-12pm
Location: Brooks Park
Brooks Park is located behind City Hall and is open to the public year
Listen to Sheepshank Sam, a lumberjack who will transport
you back in time to a lumberjack camp in Michigan's northern wilderness.
Kids will also have the opportunity to use lumberjack tools and
*Sponsored in part by MHC & NEH
Newaygo Area District Library
Will be closed in honor of Independence
loving memory of Elaine Welbon, former library lady, avid reader, horse
enthusiast, music lover, and so much more to all of us. Elaine aged 85, of
Grant, passed away on May 20, 2017.
survived by her son, Rex Welbon; sisters, Linda (Bob) Janecke and Marilyn
Andrews; several nieces and nephew and many friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Newaygo Area District Library-FACF Memorial Donation.
www.lifestorynet.com to read
Elaineís life story, archive a memory, photo, or sign the guestbook online.