Pipestone Friends of the Library Win Evy Nordley Award

Hearty congratulations to Pipestone Area Friends of the Library (Meinders Community Library), winners of the 2016 Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends.
Jody Wacker, director of Meinders Library, gave a presentation about Pipestone’s prize-winning project (“Night at the Museum”) and accepted a plaque on Thursday, September 29 during the Minnesota Library Association conference at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center.
Inspired loosely by the popular movie of the same name, Night at the Museum’s dovetailing goals were to give students an opportunity to showcase their artwork, bridge generation gaps, and get people into the library. “Students have few people with whom to share their art and academic success with, as school projects that take time and effort are then typically crammed into backpacks and are often seen only by teachers and parents,” Wacker explained.
Planning and promotion began in September. All told, 216 area students (3rd-12th grades) contributed a total of 91 exhibits to Night at the Museum. These varied widely, from canvas art and educational displays, to short feature films and podcasts – and even a cheesecake-making demonstration and a scone taste-testing!
A turnout of over 160 attendees beat expectations – despite the night coinciding with the year’s first big snowfall. After the main event, 50 students and adults stuck around to watch “Night at the Museum.”
Click here to learn more about Pipestone Area Friends of the Library and Night at the Museum. Click here to read up on our two excellent runners-up: Friends of the Elmore Public Library (“Book-nanza”) and Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library (“Celebration of Friends Book Bags”).