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March 20 – Success!

Legion Memorial Library celebrated 92 years of service to the Mellen Area Community this past Saturday.  A delicious cake with raspberry filling was made by Theresa Conley, coffee and punch were also served.  We sang, “Happy Birthday” twice and set a goal of 92 checkouts for the day.  Laura Neumann read “The Ode to Saint Urho” by Gene McCavic and Richard Mattson of Virginia, MN and helped the kids decorate our doorway with balloons.  Georgene Ericksen helped with the ABC Prize Walk – Individual letter carpet squares were scattered among the shelf aisles with participants standing on a letter.  Sue MacArthur found a 1927 (The Library opened on March 12, 1927) song to play while participants strolled the letters till the music stopped.  The song . . . “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” . . . perfect for weekend!  Georgene drew letters to find a winner to the letter drawn and the square they were standing on.  ABC Prize Walk winners:  Jeff Ludin, $20 from O’Dovero Farms; Terry VanBuren, $25 from Cenex; Laura Neumann, $25 from Northland Foods; Amber Ericksen, $25 from Dollar General.  Prizes were given anonymously as a gift in Memory of Joan Schultz.  Thank you to Jeanne Houle and Judy Goeckermann for gathering the party supplies.  Thank you to Laura, Georgene, and Sue for your help. Thank you to Sara Schultz and Kay Reader for all the help you shared to make this a successful event from beginning to end.  Our goal was reached and passed by 4.  Thank you one and all for your continued support, kind words, and thoughtfulness.
Saturday evening 11 people gathered to paint with YouTube instruction by Painting with Jane.  It was her take on Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “Almond Branch in a Glass”.  One of my favorites so far.  If you’re interested you may check out our work on the library’s Facebook page @ “Legion Memorial Library”.  The next painting session will be on April 13th at 6 PM.  It will be a “Faith, Hope, Love” sign YouTube presentation by Angela Anderson.  Class size is limited to 10.  Call or stop by the library to register.
Haiku by Georgene Ericksen written at our celebration:
Mellen library
A great place to have some fun
Or to read a book
On a winter’s day
No better place to hang out
Mellen library