Dear Friends of the Library,
We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy during these very uncertain times. Life has definitely changed in our communities, including here in our Library. We, the Long Lake Public Library, along with many other community businesses and places where people gather had to temporarily close our doors in March. As we slowly reopen our doors, we are greatly looking forward to the public and seeing our wonderful patrons again. We were grateful that in the meantime we have been able to assist our patrons through email, phone calls, Facebook, and curbside pickup.
Besides all the temporary changes we are facing, 2019 was a wonderful year in our Library. We have found several ways to keep our children in the community and surrounding areas busy, educated, and gave them a fun place to socialize. Our monthly Children’s Story and Activity Hour continues to be a success and parents and children from all over Aroostook County have made their way to our Library to enjoy this activity. We also began a Local Hero of the Month where we had local heroes in our community teach the children about what they do. We had a veteran, we went to an animal farm, the fire station, and have more planned as soon as we are able to get groups together again! All summer we had the local Recreation Department join us in our library for a story, an activity, and socializing. We also had a two week Lego/STEM camp for children 4 years old and up. We had a full house! Crafternoons, Summer reading programs, and a Popcorn Pajama Party are just a few of the other activities we offered.
We didn’t only keep the children in the community busy, but we also kept the adults busy! We have monthly Craft evenings for adults to get together, socialize and craft. We are still offering our Let’s Talk About It book discussion groups along with a statewide summer reading program known as READ ME. We also offered computer and internet courses which adults could learn whatever would be helpful to them. We also offered a bone builders class for our local adults.
We are very pleased to say that we are now over 1,000 patrons and have been very busy in our little library. We would like to say thank you to all of you who make this possible through your book donations, monetary donations, and everything you do to support our little library. None of this would be possible without your help. We do fundraisers and have received $1,000 from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Fund, a $2,500 grant from the State of Maine Tax Fund and monies from our local communities, but our biggest monetary support comes from our regular annual givers. It is because of all of you that our Library is able to keep its doors open and continue offering books, activities, guidance, and so much more to the communities in the area, and our summer visitors who come from afar. We would like to thank you in advance for considering making a donation of your choice to our library and for your donations in the past.
The Long Lake Public Library Board of Directors and Librarian’s goal is to meet our patrons' needs the best way possible, please feel free to let us know what else you would like to see happening at our library, we are always open to suggestions!
Jenna St. Onge
Long Lake Public Library Board of Directors: Jackie Ayotte, DW, president; Aubrie Michaud, vice-president; Deborah Lavoie, secretary; Claudia Morin, treasurer; Theresa Albert, Francine Lagasse; Denise Ouellette, Terry Ouellette, and Jenna St. Onge directors