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On The Waterfront

Welcome to On the Waterfront, the place where library director Ellen Connor muses about books and libraries and sometimes things in between.

The Manawa PB Quackers Duck Race and Family Fun Day will be Saturday June 3rd at Lindsay Park from 10am to 2pm. This first time event is a mega fund raiser for the Manawa area Project Backpack program that provides healthy food backpacks for area families on week-ends during the school year. This event flagship event is the Duck Races that will be held on the Little Wolf River that runs along the park. This event includes music, concessions, vendors, games and sports tournaments. All of the proceeds for the event will be used to support Project Backpack for the 2017-2018 school year. The musical entertainment includes Children's Performer David Landau (sponsored by the Library - starts at 11am) and area favorites Megan Pethke and Jeanne Bauer. Ducks are available for sale all over town, including here at the Library, for $5.00 apiece. That's a good price considering first prize is $1,000!

We hope you have your calendars marked for this great event that supports a good cause. For more information contact Saundra Coyle at For information on the Library's music event call 920-596-2252. Let's all show up for a great time next Saturday!

Just when we've all formed a habit of automatically going to the back entrance to get in the Library, the front entrance has re-opened. It was a happy moment here yesterday around 4pm when we unlocked the front doors and took down all the signs directing people to the back door. The new porch slab and steps and the painted railings look nice and more importantly they are now safe. But as we knew would be the case, we're all still heading to the back door to gain entry to the Library, so we'll keep the door open until closing time Thursday. Friday we're going to force people to go back to their old habits!! Thank you everyone for your patience during the construction. We knew a little noise, mess and inconvenience was not going to keep anyone away.

It is now May 9th and we are still under construction folks. There was an unforeseen delay in our porches project and so the re-opening of the front  entrance has been delayed by a week. The good news is that a potentially unsafe situation was discovered and is being remedied. Everything will look so nice once it is finished. Estimated date for the front entrance to be ready is Tuesday May 16th. Thank you everyone for your patience during the project. I think it's been long enough now that we'll all be going to the back door for awhile even when the front entrance is available!

Time marches on and buildings age right along with the rest of us. The new Library is now 23 years old and while most of this beautiful building has stood the test of time, the porches, steps and railings around them are in need of a facelift. Both the front and back porches are being repaired and while the end result will look much improved, there will be some pain getting to that point. Last week the back porch was rebuilt and the railings will be installed on Tuesday April 18th. On that day demolition of the front steps and porch slab will begin. At that time the front entrance will not be useable and it is expected that it won't be accessible for up to three weeks. The back door will be the entry and exit during this time. We are well aware this will be an inconvenience for some of our regular users and we will do everything we can to help you get into the building or to get materials to you during the length of the front entrance closure.

If you give us a call ahead of time, or call us from your car in the parking lot we will run any materials you have waiting for you out to your vehicle. If you need help getting up and down the four steps at the entrance, we will help you. (No ramp will be available). We value our users and want to make this transition as smooth as possible for all of you. Now, we're hoping for good weather and looking ahead to May 5th when the project will, hopefully, be completed.