February 8, 2023 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

Donation makes upgrades possible at library

The Ogden Rose Library has gotten a makeover.


Library Director Allison Wakefield said the furniture was purchased through a $3,500 anonymous donation.


When the donor reached out to the library Wakefield and other library staff members sat down and decided what furniture the library needed most. That includes chairs, a rug for the children’s section, a couch for the children’s section, a coffee cart, shelving for a closet, a popcorn machine, decorations, a comfortable chair and an end table set.


“It is important for me to update the library and keep it relevant for the patrons that come in,” Wakefield said. “No one wants to come in and sit on a broken chair or have computers that don’t work correctly.”


Wakefield said it is important to her for the library to be a community space.


“Libraries should be a place in your community that you come in and instantly feel comfortable,” she said. “We want you to stay a while and read a book, browse the internet, have a meeting, or even a birthday party. I want parents to bring their kids in and let them play with toys so they can have a moment to look for a book to read.”


The library is holding an open house on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for people to see the new decor.

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