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Every donation will help expand and renovate the library!

The Chelan Friends of the Public Library & the City of Chelan are raising money to rebuild the former Masonic Temple on Emerson Street, built in 1928. The City bought the property and has received grants for the project. The Library Planning Committee is working with the Friends of the Library and the City to raise $160,000 (required by one of the grants as matching funds) by asking the community for donations. Every $ counts!

Can you help make this project a success?

For more information, call Jim Reinbold at 509-682-4037, Mary Sherer at 509-470-1067, or Karen Brown at 509-670-3106.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Every Penny Counts!

Jenifer Rainville's MOE kindergarten class donated $124.74, mostly pennies, to the Chelan Library renovation and expansion project last week. The class learned to count to 50 by 10's when putting the pennies into rolls, and they
are very enthusiastic about having more books in the new library.  Mrs.Rainville says, "It's about time for Chelan to have a first class library!"

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chelan Receives $490,000 Community Development Block Grant

The City of Chelan was told it would receive a CDBG government grant of $490,000 for the expansion theMasonic Temple for a new library.The Friends of the Library state that the plan is to have the library fully renovated by the summer of 2013.

From a Washington State Department of Commerce news release:

$11 million in federal grants was awarded to rural Washington community projects
Funding will assist infrastructure and facilities improvements

The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced 15 cities and counties throughout the state that will receive over a total of $11 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) General Purpose Grants for 2012. The CDBG program targets assistance to benefit lower income persons in rural areas. The selected projects will improve rural community water, sewer and street systems; housing rehabilitation, fire protection and community facilities. The 15 projects were selected from 36 grant applications requesting over $30 million.

"These funds will improve necessary infrastructure systems and build local capacity for economic development," said Washington State Department of Commerce Director, Rogers Weed. "The infusion of dollars into these rural communities will help bolster them through this economic recession."

The state CDBG program received a 13.8 percent reduction in annual funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the provision of grants to small cities and rural counties. Larger cities and counties receive their own entitlement funding directly from HUD. Since 1982, the state CDBG program has awarded more than $446 million in grants to over 1,200 locally prioritized community development projects.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Breaking News!!

The Chelan Friends of the Public Library Capital Campaign has now crossed the half way point in our fund raising effort to raise $160,000 by the end of the summer.  This money will be used to help pay for the renovation of the Masonic Temple building to become Chelan's new Library and Community Center.  Thank you to all of you who have contributed to this effort.  If your name is not on the Donor List, please consider donating to our renovation fund.  Checks may be mailed to Chelan Friends of the Public Library, PO Box 2460, Chelan, WA 98816.  Credit card donations are also accepted -- click on the Donate Button on this page.  No amount is too small or unappreciated -- please help us reach our goal!!  

Saturday, March 17, 2012

"Starry Night" Father Daughter Dance--Saturday, April 14, 2012

Don't miss the "Starry Night" Father Daughter Dance to be held Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Temple.  Join us for our first big Friends of the Library event in the new library building!  See you there!

Chelan Friends of the Library Earth Day Book Sale Saturday, April 21, 2012, Riverwalk Park

Significant support for the Chelan Public Library comes from the Friends’ twice-yearly book sales. The Friends help to fund or support annual programs and events such as the Summer Reading Program and Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration. Selected magazine and periodical subscriptions not provided by the regional library system are paid for by the Friends.
The Friends accept donations of books, videos and DVDs year-round for the Spring Sale (held during the Earth Day celebration in April) and Fall Sale (held in October). Donations of gently-used items may be delivered to the library.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebrated at the Chelan Library

Friday, March 2nd, was Dr. Seuss's birthday, and the Chelan Public Library held a Seuss-tastic party to celebrate!  Approximately 108 Dr. Seuss fans were there to listen to stories, watch a movie, and participate in Seuss-tastic fun activities!  A wonderful time was had by all.

Refreshments were provided, and activities included:
  • A Dr. Seuss movie
  • Readings of favorite Dr. Seuss books
  • An activity table featuring Dr. Seuss-themed coloring and puzzles
  • See the photos for the great time we had!
  • Lots more picture are on our Facebook page!