Next Monday marks the first anniversary of Fordland’s first public library.
The Fordland Memorial Library is located at 157 West Main Street. It is run entirely by volunteers and is supported by fundraisers, grants and donations. The library has non-profit status and is in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
The library’s six-member board meets once a month to plan fundraising events and set goals for improving the library’s facilities and grounds. Goals for this year include replacing a section of sidewalk along Main Street, replacing wooden steps with concrete steps, purchasing covers for paperbacks, maintaining the ramp disabled and landscaping.
The circulation of over 7,000 books and improvements to the library and grounds were made possible through the efforts of the Fordland community, citizens, businesses and organizations in Webster County.
Private donations, donations of collection jars from local businesses, and grants have all contributed to the library’s success. The library has over 180 users with digital library cards.
Grants for computer systems and software, books, and property improvements were provided by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development, the Webster Electric Foundation, and the Webster County Senior Citizens’ Fund.
Fordland Memorial Library hours of operation include:
• Monday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Currently, the library is open every fourth Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with “story time” and activities for children from 11 a.m. to noon. On certain months, special visitors come to read to children aged 2 to 8. A free hot dog lunch is offered to all who attend on these days.
The start of the 2022 fundraising efforts began with a community bake sale last Saturday at Dollar General.
With the help of many Fordland residents and the Fordland High School Beta Club, the bake sale was a huge success.
Fordland Beta Club members who helped with sales were Grace Grandel, Luke Holmes, Shelby Thomason, Lily Moreland, Emily Kennedy, Kayce Collins, Dakota Bilyeu and Tucker Uchtman.
The first Spring Story Hour is this Saturday.
Beta Club members will be privileged readers. Each child will have their own reader and personal assistant with a spring activity that is being planned.
On Thursday, April 28, the library will serve its annual burrito lunch during the Cherry Blossom Festival events at the Marshfield Assembly of God Church. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will include an enchilada-style burrito, refried beans, Spanish rice, dessert and a drink for just $10.
On Saturday, May 7, during the Schofield-Gray event in Fordland, the library will have used books for sale. Pastries, burritos and other items will be available for purchase.
Stands with local vendors will be set up in the parking lot. There are no setup fees. Anyone interested in setting up a booth can contact the library through the “Fordland Residents” Facebook page or the library’s website or by email.
The May 21 storytime will feature Amanda Fisher as the reader. She will be bringing some of her reptiles, snakes and amphibians so the children will get to know these animals and have the opportunity to hold some of them.
The Fordland Memorial Library would like to thank past and current board members and volunteers for all the help that has been provided.
Current board members are Nicholas Inman, Varena Manion, Becky Fisher, Diana Wright, Joyce Inman, Dea Schuder and Jeannie Lawson.
In addition to these board members, Barb Holmes and Wanoka Jenkins are volunteers to help customers view the books.
The library offers free Wi-Fi and printing services for a small fee.