10 YEARS AGO ON MAY 6: FOL group honored with 2007 award

A photo that appeared in the paper 10 years ago.

Our Friends of the Library organization was selected as the outstanding 2007 Friends group in communities with a service population between 2,501 and 5,000 and here is their story.

As library director, I have had the privilege of working with many of the library's Friends of the Library groups and seeing firsthand the impact of their work in our community library. These men and women believe in a vital, modern library. They are advocates and fund-raisers and I thank all of them for their efforts.

Each year, Friends groups around the state are being nominated for their work they do on behalf of their libraries and I made the decision to nominate our Friends group. With the nomination came the qualities in which the Friends of the Kansas Libraries board would pick their winners--benefit to the library, creativeness and originality of projects, and increased community awareness.

Our Friends of the Library organization was selected as the outstanding 2007 Friends group in communities with a service population between 2,501 and 5,000 and here is their story.

Building a legacy is not easy, and currently the work that is being done by the Clay Carnegie Library Friends group/board is one of new beginnings, the nuts and bolts stuff that is not flashy or always fun. But the impression that remains is the how factor, the constant attribute that gets them from one step to the next.

This group is actively participating in the role of supporting the library, of building modern library service for their rural community. In their Friends yearly timeline, they have made choices that reflect a strong foundation.

The first reason involves leaders from the Friends board, investing time and working on goals to achieved by the Friends group. The accomplishments and contributions are setting annual goals, planning two "meet and greets" a year, having an annual book sales, fund-raising for the library and supporting programs and needs for the library.

The second reason is communicating through their newsletter "The Carnegie Connection" about the value the library adds to the community.

Thirdly, they continue to develop the Friends board by strengthening their team--from revising their by-laws to seeking future board members.

As part of their recognition, they were guests at the 2008 Kansas Library Conference in Wichita on April 9, 2008, at the Trustee-Friends Library celebration luncheon. The group received a cash award, framed award certificate and membership to the Friends of Libraries USA.

The 2007 Friends board members are: Kathryn Benson, Kay Culley, Amy Glaves, Kristi Jones, Donna Jordan, Sydnee Nelson, Christi Spellman and Marty Stenzel. Additional members are Jerry Callan, library board trustee, and Kay I. Osthoff, library director.

With their continued work and support of the library, we will all benefit from the influence that this group has: the