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Friends of the Library Present “Rosie the Riveter”

National Friends of Libraries Week is October 15-21, 2023, the perfect time for us to pause and celebrate the ongoing work of the Frankenmuth Library Friends.

The Library Friends are committed to supporting programs that bring the library to life. In the words of Nancy Birdsall, Frankenmuth Friends of the Library President for over twenty years, “What we’re trying to do with our money is promote the library and support the library in any way possible.”

One of the primary sources of funding the Friends provide stems from the ongoing Used Booksale in the basement of the library. The library is always accepting used book donations, preferably from the last decade, ensuring a fresh and relevant collection. The Friends extend a special thanks to the Frankenmuth Library staff who are essential in the operation of the Used Booksale. Nancy Birdsall says, “We really do appreciate the staff, and all the help that they give us.”

The Friends also sponsor the Summer Reading Program, provide resources for the library, and host special events. One such special event is coming up next month. The Friends of the Frankenmuth Wickson District Library and the American Legion Post 150 are proud to present “Rosie the Riveter” on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 6:30 PM at the American Legion Post 150 located at the corner of Curtis Road and Flint Street in Frankenmuth.

During this program, Claire Kitchin Dahl from Ann Arbor will share the incredible history of the Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant and the teamwork of the Detroit automotive industry. Dahl is a retired schoolteacher who works as a volunteer for the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, on the very grounds where the iconic B-24 Bombers were built.

As men marched into military service, the narrative celebrates the audacious women who stepped up, redefining their roles in wartime America. Their determination and spirit were encapsulated in the empowering slogan, "We Can Do It!" As a Tribute Rosie, Dahl pays homage to the "Original Rosies"—the intrepid women who powered the assembly lines during WWII, earning their roles as the unsung veterans of the Home Front.

“Rosie the Riveter” will be a fun and educational program, roughly 60-90 minutes long. Dive deep into the history of bomber construction, a testament to industrial prowess, where at its zenith, a staggering one airplane was produced every hour.

The Friends are delighted to present this wonderful program with seating available for 250 people. Admission is free and patrons are encouraged to arrive early and carpool due to limited parking availability.

We’re grateful to the Friends of the Frankenmuth Wickson District Library for the many ways they continue to support our library, and we recognize them as a critical part of our success and well-being.

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