Friday, June 8, 2018

2018 Library Ribbon-Cutting

Fowlerville District Library
Ribbon Cutting, June 7, 2018

Hello all – my name is Marion Cornett, President of the Board of Trustees for the Fowlerville District Library.  As you are all aware, the Fowlerville District Library is entering a new chapter – pun intended!

Thirty-plus years of fiscal responsibility has made both the current staff—Cindy, Marty, Tally, Jackie, Jen M and Jen K, Kate, and Audrey, Sue, Shelley—and this board—myself, Norma Moore, David Campbell, Terri Ridenour, Sue Spalding, Jim Gioia, and Mike Newstead—the lucky recipients of being part of this momentous event.

But, before we get to the business at hand, let’s look back at how this all began.  In March, 1904, a group of woman formed the Ladies Library, under the auspices of the village of Fowlerville Council.  G.L. Adams, publisher and editor of The Fowlerville Review, made the announcement in his local newspaper, March, 1904.

A location had not been found by the following week when the officers were announced.  But eventually, the northeast corner of the fire department, now Handy Township offices at the corner of Power Street and North Grand River, became home to the Ladies Library.

It took 66 years, but with increasing inventory and service to the community, the Ladies Library finally outgrew their cozy corner in the three-story building and a new location was chosen.  After the grist mill at the corner of Mill Street and North Grand Avenue was burned down (intentionally by the fire department), the village constructed an approximately 2,000 square foot building for specifically for library use.

With additions in 1986 and 2009, the original building was doubled in size, making it 4,425 square feet. 

By 2012, the Board began looking for ways to expand.  Originally, a third addition was planned but eventually scrapped, being considered nothing much more than a “band-aid” to the over-crowded conditions. 

So, that brings us to today and this special celebration.  But, we are celebrating more than a new, larger building.  We have two major events; well, really three events:

First off, this newly-renovated 17,000 square foot building.  I’d like to thank Ron Cieslak, our architect; John DeMattia, construction manager; and, Scott Naumoff, site manager.  I can’t say enough wonderful accolades for these three gentlemen and crews.  Thank you.

Secondly, we are pleased to recognize Beth Lowe, who will be taking over director duties as of July 1st.  Thank you, Beth.

Which brings me to our third event.

Special best wishes to both Cheryl Poch and Karin Pomeroy.  After 30-some years of polishing this spectacular gem in our community, they are both retiring as of the end of this month and receiving a very deserved rest.  (Note:  Karin retired one week earlier.)

And now, Cheryl and Beth, if you would please hold these scissors, let’s cut this red ribbon, christen this new location, and all get back to work!

Congratulations to all and a huge thank you for all involved, including our taxpayers!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 Future Home of the Fowlerville District Library

Big things are happening in the community of Fowlerville!

As of May 10, 2017, the Fowlerville District Library now owns the building former used by Curtis Grocery at 130 South Grand.  The board has bought the building with the intent to renovate 10,330 square feet of it (doubling the current building) for library use, another 3,000 square feet for storage, and an additional 3,000 square feet to be renovated at a later date.

In addition to having all the same wonderful services, the historical collection will now be housed in the library and available for patrons to access much easier.  Larger rooms, more space between stacks, improved children programming facilities, even a fireplace, will be included.

It will take time to accomplish all of this.  At current estimates, it will take about a year.  Maybe this time next year, we will be announcing the move.

As the Library Board President, I had the great honor of signing the purchase papers.  I'm pretty sure 10.10.17 at 10 am will be etched in my memory forever!  What a privilege.  But, as I'm beginning to think, purchasing the building was the easy part.  Now comes the real work.

I've created a Facebook page entitled "Future Home of the Fowlerville District Library" where updates will be posted on a regular basis.  Check it out by clicking here.

Also, checked out the upcoming issue of Fowlerville News and Views.  I sat down recently with Steve Horton and he has written an informative article.

Be sure to check back here for updates but also be sure to head to Facebook.  Check out the excitement.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Temporary Intermission :)

Hang in there - I am out of town for a couple of weeks and unable to access information for posts.  I'll be back adding information later this month.  Thank you to all my readers for continuing to check out this blog.  I'll be back...

In the meantime, feel free to check out my facebook page here.

See you in a bit.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

1937 Hee Haw News

The Fowlerville Lumber Company had an interesting way to advertise.  I've noticed when I post these from the 40s and 50s, I get a few comments and more interest.  Here's one, found in "The Fowlerville Review," in January of 1937.

Friday, March 31, 2017

1936 Centennial Park Part 2

A couple days, an article showed the schedule and some information for the dedication of the land behind the library, to be known as "Centennial Field."  The following article, found in the November 11, 1936, issue of "The Fowlerville Review," spoke of the celebration:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

1936 Centennial Field

Some still call the park behind the library "Centennial Field," although in 1998 it became Centennial Park.  In 1936, the land was dedicated by the Board of Education for use in sporting events, etc.  Following is the article found in the November 4, 1936, issue of "The Fowlerville Review."  

The next post will show more information.

Monday, March 27, 2017

1883 Judd Horses Loose!

And now, like a time traveler, we have gone back to 1883, the early days of Fowlerville when horses, carriages, and buggies crowded the dirt roads in the downtown area.  

A couple days ago, an article showed 1953 and the opening of a gas station at the corner of Ann Street and Grand River.  Today's article, from a very early issue of "The Fowlerville Review" in 1883, the horses and wagon belonging to Seth Judd ended up on the north side of Ann Street.  
The tree the horses ran into may well have been apple since Ralph Fowler had an orchard along in this area.