In the spirit of giving back to the community, the Fairbury Public Library is taking an active role in Fairbury with two service projects.
Debbie Aden, director of the Fairbury Public Library, believes that it is important for the library to stay active in the community.
“The library is trying to get involved with community service projects that we can do here in the library,” said Aden. “We’ve been working to develop programs that can help to serve the community that we can work on here. This is important to us because we need to stay active in Fairbury and to let people know that we are here, and that we are a valuable resource for people to use.”
One of the community service projects the library is focusing on through the end of December is the Mitten Tree. This project is meant as a way to collect winter outerwear, such as gloves, hats and scarves, which are provided to students in need at Central Elementary School and Jefferson Intermediate.
“I got this idea when I worked at the University of Nebraska,” Aden said. “They had a Mitten Tree that they did every year that helped the People’s Mission and things like that. Here in Fairbury, during the winter, if kids come to school without coats or other things to keep them warm, if the school has some of those things donated, they will give them to those kids.”
Aden stated that the project was successful for the library in 2015. She hopes that it will be just as successful this year, since it benefits area children.
“This is our second year of doing this,” said Aden. “Last year was really successful; we collected quite a few items. People have until the end of December to drop off those items, and we will distribute them after the holidays.”
Another project that the library is undertaking is collecting Box Tops for Education. Aden explained how the idea for this project formed.
“I’ve been saving box tops since my son started in school,” Aden said. “I have quite a few to deliver to the schools, so I thought that this would be a good idea to collect the box tops at the library and deliver them to the school all at once.”
People are able to bring their Box Tops for Education to the Fairbury Public Library, after which they will be turned in to provide funds to area schools. Aden believes that because the library is a major resource for knowledge, it is important to support the education.
Under Aden’s direction, the Fairbury Public Library will continue to build a reputation for supporting the community through various service projects, and she hopes that people will continue to see the library playing a crucial role in improving Fairbury’s future.
“We want to partner with the schools to do these things because education is very important,” Aden said. “We are an important part of the community, and this is just another way for us to give back. This is just one way we can get involved in the community and helping it to progress.”
Also coming up at the library is a craft fair on Dec. 10, where, from 10 a.m. to noon, people will have a chance to make crafts for the holiday season.