Members of the Kiwanis Club of Haslett-Okemos and the Friends of Haslett Library came together on March 29 to celebrate the remodeling of the Kiwanis Club Community Room.
The community room was first opened in 2011 and serves as a free meeting space available for community groups, school classes, crafters, etc. Since then the room has been rented out about 500 times each year.
For many of those involved the remolding, it was truly a passion project. Ann Chapman, head librarian of Capital Area District Libraries was instrumental from the beginning in organizing ways to raise money. While at a podium speaking to guest she stressed how much this meant to her.
“ Excellent libraries make excellent communities,” said Chapman.
Many speakers in attendance spoke to the need for having an area available to the community 24 hours a day. When the library is closed there is an entrance that anyone can use. New items include lighting, projector screen, cabinets and a kitchenette.
Kiwanis (http://www.kiwanis.org/) is an international service organization with a goal to help children through local service projects and fundraising. The Haslett-Okemos club has about 35 members that serve the community.
“ We’re very involved with programs that help children improve their grades, helping families at risk, teaching bike safety, swimming, and at risk reading,” said Phil Deschaine president of the Kiwanis Club of Haslett-Okemos. “ We help with core skills that kids need and extra skills that help them to prosper in our community.”
Meridian Township Board Supervisor Ronald J. Styka, also express the importance of libraries in the community.
“ It’s just a wonderful opportunity to see the world without leaving your space and to learn the world,” said Styka. “ In Meridian, we call ourselves a prime community; part of that is our incredibly outstanding schools and our libraries for heaven’s sake.”
Also in attendance was the Haslett Robotics Club which put on a demonstration for attendees.