Friends help Escanaba library

This week’s bouquets go to:

From Carolyn Stacey, Escanaba Public Library director:

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote that a “friend is a gift you give yourself.” During National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 15 – 21, the Escanaba Public Library celebrates its “Friends” — a gift that this community gives to itself.

The Friends of the Escanaba Public Library are a non-profit organization established in 1988 to support and enhance the work of the library. In plain terms, the Friends are your neighbors, the people you see at Elmer’s or in church – people in your town that believe that a good library is worth having and are willing to contribute their free time to make Escanaba’s library better for everyone.

The Friends help the library extend its reach and enhance its services beyond what is possible in the library budget by sponsoring arts and cultural events, promoting community outreach, supporting quality collections and enabling facility improvements.

The support of the Friends is evident in every area of library operations: read a bestseller, attend an author talk or concert, it is due to the Friends. Bring in the kids for summer reading or enjoy a walk in the library garden, it’s the Friends. The Friends support digital learning by purchasing new computers and funding subscriptions to online tools such as Mango Languages, Ancestry Library and Tumblebooks. They have enabled wireless printing and color copies, digitized local historical newspapers, sponsored after-school science programs for kids, and cultivated a teen book club.

During National Friends of Libraries Week and throughout the year, we are grateful for these contributions. On behalf of the library staff and patrons, thank you, Friends — you are a gift.

From The Catherine Bonifas Civic Center staff:

The Catherine Bonifas Civic Center would like to give a huge thank you to the Wells Lioness Club for donating to the After School Program. The amount of snacks brought in was overwhelming. Organizations like this in our community are very appreciative. The Civic Center says thank you.


Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes individuals and groups from our area who have had a very positive impact on the way we live.

We identify our bouquet recipients in one of two ways: from Daily Press news pages and from nominations sent in by our readers.

Mail us a postcard or letter identifying your nomination and putting into detail what they’ve done. Include your name, address, and phone number. Send nominations to Saturday Bouquets, The Daily Press, 600 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829.

They may also be sent to us by going to our Web site,, and clicking on the submit news button. Once there, click on “Bouquets” and follow the simple instructions.