Opinion

Support for library's Golden Books event greatly appreciated

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dear Editor:

Please allow me to thank the many people, businesses and organizations who made the exhibition, "Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books," at Poplar Bluff Municipal Library possible. People gave their time, talent, and treasures over many months making this exhibit of original art from the Little Golden Books a success. Over 2,500 individuals had the opportunity to view the artwork. Not only did people from Poplar Bluff and surrounding communities come to the library for this important exhibition, but they came from five states and many locations throughout Missouri. This exhibition appealed to five generations who read to their children and grew up with Golden Books. These books continue to give the pleasure of reading to new generations.

The Library's Centennial and Golden Books Committee met regularly for nearly a year preparing for the exhibit, recruiting docents, securing funding, publicizing, and developing programs to enhance and insure the exhibit was engaging and welcoming to its visitors. Committee members rarely missed a meeting showing their level of commitment to not only this fine exhibit, but to the library and their community as a whole. Golden Books committee members included Emily Wolpers, Susie Landrum, Joyanne Bates, Madawn Traxel, Mary Dille, Sue Baldwin, and library staff.

Docents allowed the library to provide a secure and welcoming environment for our visitors. For seven days a week during March and April, 43 volunteers contributed almost 600 hours answering questions and involving children and adults alike in the exhibit sharing an understanding of the artists and the art as it appeared and shaped the Golden Books. Without these dedicated and interested members of our community, the exhibit would not have been the success it was or accessible to so many people.

* Friends of the Library and Designing Women Foundation made possible a gift of over 500 books to children ages 2-10 who came to the exhibit. Children had the opportunity first hand to see the art appearing in the exhibit in book form while receiving the gift of reading.

* US Bank and the Friends of the Library sponsored Leonard Marcus, exhibit curator and author, reception honoring the donors and the exhibit's appearance as well as a presentation for the general public.

* Publicity support came from the Chamber of Commerce, Rose Anne Huck, and Ozark Federal Credit Union.

* Last and not least, the exhibit could not have been here without the generous support of monetary gifts from Southern Bank and Jay and Terry Githens.

As can be seen from this long list of gracious givers, Poplar Bluff and our surrounding communities showed, once again, its hospitality and the considerable abilities of many.

On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees, library staff, and all of our library patrons, thank you.

Sue Crites Szostak

Director

Poplar Bluff

Municipal Library

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