MAPLES to Host Fund Raising Activities
MAPLES (Middlebourne Area Patrons of Library and Enrichment Services) held a meeting recently, and the poetry committee was informed there have been submissions by some third, fourth, and fifth graders of the county. The poems are structured around each child’s view of a particular house. There were some very entertaining perspectives presented by the children in these poems. The library will continue collecting poems for an anthology, and the poem committee will review all the submissions in November.
In other news, the MAPLES will be having a coffee fundraiser in November and will sell 16-ounce bags of coffee for $8. The coffee is made by a family-owned company called Furnace Hills Coffee. The family started the business for their daughter, who happens to have Down Syndrome. Furnace Hills’ slogan states, “Special Coffee Roasted By Special People.” The coffee is sourced directly from farmers, powering the mission to employ people with developmental disabilities. The coffee is roasted daily and shipped immediately to ensure the company provides the freshest coffee possible.
The Tyler County Public Library is still seeking a mason to build a brick structure to hold a library sign. It was suggested librarian Rosanne Eastham contact Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute to see if the facility would have a program available to assist with the project.
The MAPLES discussed other possible fund raising opportunities for the future, including the possibility of selling necklaces. The members will need to have a base cost of materials to determine selling prices for their records. The necklaces will come in a variety and could include glass beads or essential oil containers.
The library would also like to offer more services to the community to encourage citizens to get the full potential out of the public library – such as offering a quilting class, painting class, computer class or even a genealogy course.
Possible activities will be further discussed at the next meeting.
As a reminder, the Tyler County Public Library currently offers several different services, including elementary homework help, resume/job search help, computer assistance, summer reading programs, help with federal and state tax forms, fax and photocopy services – to list a few. Community groups are also encouraged to use the library to host meetings if needed.
The next MAPLES meeting will be held on Oct. 9 beginning at 5 p.m. and located at the Tyler County Public Library in Middlebourne.