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The Friends of the Library Spring Garden Program

Spring is officially here, and we’re gladly welcoming the warmer, more colorful changes of the season. In my own yard, the robins have returned, tips of dark purple and green tulip leaves are emerging, and our magnolia tree is sprouting fuzzy ivory buds. The air is full of energy and anticipation. We are excited to kick off a new season of programming with an old fan favorite. Wickson Library is excited to highlight the upcoming Friends of the Library Spring Garden Program, which will take place on April 25th at 6:30 pm at the Frankenmuth Farmers Market.

The Friends of the Library have been sponsoring the Spring Garden Program for the past ten years at no cost to those attending. Anyone interested in flowers, plants, or gardening at any level is welcome and encouraged to join.

The Spring Garden Program has continued to be a favorite Springtime activity for community members, bringing in an average of 70-80 participants annually. Matt Bouvy from Abele’s Greenhouse will give a presentation on new and upcoming flower varieties for the season and discuss any new diseases that gardeners should be aware of. There will be a brief Q + A, a free raffle entry, and multiple prize giveaways.

While this particular program is an informational event as a service to the community, the Friends of the Library sponsor multiple programs every year that raise generous sums of money for the library. One of the most significant sources of income for the library is the ongoing used book sale in the basement of the library. Keep an eye out for a column featuring the used book sale in May. The Friends of the Library meet four times per year. They are committed to supporting programs that bring life to the library. Their purpose is to pledge assets for charitable/civic purposes in relationship to the library; to promote the well-being of the library; to promote the expansion of facilities and services; to encourage gifts, memorials, and bequests, as well as promote fundraising activities; to promote community awareness and fuller use of the library; to arrange for volunteer help.

Most recently, the Friends have donated $10,000 to the library for new carpeting and $3,000 for new chairs. In addition to purchasing new resources for the library, the Friends of the Library also provides funding for many of the library programs, including tween and teen afterschool programs, summer reading programs, and prizes. We recognize the incredible gift of these generous donations, and we are grateful for the service of the Friends of the Library to our community. Thank you!

Are you interested in becoming a Friend of the Library? Head to the Wickson Memorial Library website and click on the “About Us” tab. On the drop-down menu you’ll see a tab for “Friends of the Library.” Click on it for some general information about the Friends group as well as a short form you can fill out if you’re interested in joining. While many of the Friends have been volunteering for 25+ years, we are always looking new members with a passion to promote the well-being of the library. We’d love for you to be a part of this important team.

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