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Monday, December 28, 2009                 Issue No. 58


In this issue:
The Friends of the Library are reorganizing!
Winter Program Registration Starts Saturday, January 2
Green Corner: After the Holidays
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The Friends of the Library are reorganizing!

All Friends are Invited to a Special Meeting
Wednesday, January 13, at 7 p.m. at the Library

The Friends of the Library is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing library activities and programs. The Friends are eager supporters united by the common concern for the well-being of the Wauconda Area Library. Our Friends help to promote the library, develop fund-raising activities such as the Friends Annual Book Sale, present special programs, and encourage reading and use of the library.

Friends Book SaleIn recent years, the Friends have accomplished a lot with the enthusiastic support and help of just a handful of active members. Thanks to their hard work, the Friends group has grown to the point that a more formal organizational structure is needed. The suggested next step is that officers be established and that official IRS status as a charitable organization be acquired.

In order to achieve this, there will be an organizational meeting on Wednesday evening, January 13 at 7:00 in the Lincoln Room. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in becoming an active member of the Friends - we strongly encourage you to attend! Please come to hear more about the Friends, begin the process of establishing officers, hear Library Director Tom Kern discuss the "State of the Library", and join the discussion about how the Friends can continue to support the Library.

If you have any questions about this meeting or about the Friends in general, please call Tom Kern at 847-526-6225, ext.209.



Winter Program Registration Begins

Saturday, January 2 at 9 a.m.

Focus NewsletterFor Wauconda Area Library District residents. Out-of-district registration begins on Saturday, January 9. Registration is required for most programs.

Call the library at 847-526-6225 or register online. Some programs, like the winter reading clubs and computer classes, require in-person registration.

View the library's Focus newsletter.

Don't forget to sign up for the library's Winter Reading Clubs, which start January 11 and run through February 14.

Snow Better Time to Read!
Winter Reading Club for Kids
(for toddlers through sixth-graders)

Snow Stories...
Teen & Adult Winter Reading Club
(for seventh-graders through adult)

Green Corner

Green Corner
After the Holidays

The holidays can be hard on the environment with all the lights, gift wrapping, cards, etc. If you are the type of person to hit the after-holiday sales to stock up for next year, keep these green tips in mind:

  • World OrnamentLED lights use up to 80%-90% less energy than regular lights. Those old lights can be recycled.
  • Stock up on gift bags and tissue paper, which can be easily reused from year to year.
  • If you must buy wrapping paper, choose paper that can be recycled, which isn't metallic, waxy or glittery.
  • If you receive tons of holiday cards, don't throw them out! Cut off the front of the cards to reuse them as gift tags or send them as postcards next year.
  • Buy recycled holiday cards or better yet, start sending eCards.
  • Hosting a New Year's party? Rather than using paper goods or buying dishes you'll only use once, ask each guest to bring their own non-disposable place setting. This will make for a much more festive table.
  • Don't send your Christmas tree to the landfill -- Recycle your holiday trees (undecorated, real trees only) at Lake County Forest Preserves. Donated trees are chipped and used for trails and for landscaping at preserves throughout Lake County.

For more information and green holiday tips, check out the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County,, and SWALCO.

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