Waconia Library to celebrate 10 years on Aug. 16

By Brady Lass

In 2014, people are starting to realize that events or memories that seem like yesterday happened nearly a decade ago. One of the things that happened in 2004 was the opening of a new location for the Waconia Library. On Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Friends of the Library will be having a birthday party commemorating the 10th year for the Waconia Library at its current location.

The Friends of the Library, through their huge book sales held twice a year and the secondhand book store in the library, are able to provide additional funding that supplements the library’s budget.

It is used for sponsoring children’s programs, purchasing resources and fixtures, and to sponsor author talks and book discussion groups. The Friends also volunteer at the library. One of the members, Joann Sudheimer, talked about the upcoming event to commemorate the 10 year anniversary.

Events that will happen at the party include drawings for over 30 prizes donated by local merchants, a slideshow presentation that will show the history of the library and its current programs, wood carving, music, and origami demonstrations that will be available to both children and adults.

There will also be some special guests, including magician Matt Dunn and author and public speaker Pat Dennis. Both will give presentations, with Dunn performing a show at 10:30 a.m. and Dennis presenting at 1 p.m. There will be refreshments provided throughout the day.

Sudheimer believes that the primary reason that the library has been so active for a decade is because of the amount of activities it has for both children and adults to attend throughout the year.

“A lot of the library’s success has come from the programming,” Sudheimer stated. “It has a lot to offer besides checking out books. We have computers that are open to the public to use, and special guests that children can see like jugglers, magicians, and authors. We have this interesting method for a book club called ‘Book club in a bag’ that is available to people of all ages. These kits contain 10 copies of a book and information for book clubs to use. We’ve also had classes for computers, genealogy, and gardening that adults can use to learn new skills. It’s variety like this that makes it very accessible to people of all ages.”

There will be some more new events coming this fall that Sudheimer thinks will interest library patrons.

“New this fall will be a beginning knitting class and a conversation circle for people to practice their English skills. The library will also have a talk by a paranormal researcher, a lecture on dreams in literature, and a presentation by the author of ‘When Polio Came to Visit.’ This is one of the books in the ‘Book club in a bag collection.’”

For more information about the party or future events at the Waconia Library, check out www.carverlib.org or pick up a calendar at the library.