September 22, 2014

Omer library to hold open house

James Kuch
The new Omer Little Eagle’s Nest Library will hold an open house on Friday, Feb. 25.
By James Kuch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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OMER — The Omer Library has a new name, and will host an open house on Friday, Feb. 25.

The library will be called the Omer Little Eagle’s Nest Library, and Mayor Alice Sproule said that Twining resident Michelle Tacey will be honored for naming the library at the open house. An eagle is the mascot for the Arenac Eastern school district, which includes residents of Omer.

“We will have an open house from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.,” she said. “We are inviting the (Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe), neighboring city officials, the county commissioners and area schools superintendents. We just hope that we can get people a little more familiar with this area.”

Sproule said construction on the new library began in 2009 when the city received its first of three allocation grants from the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe.

“This project has taken about a year and a half,” she said.

Omer received three grants from the tribe totaling $91,086 for construction of the library.

Sproule said it was important to build a new library in the city.

“This is the only library in the school district,” she said. “We felt like we needed it for our children, and we have a lot of retirees here and it is hard for them to (travel) to libraries in larger cities.”

Sproule said one of the benefits the new Omer Little Eagle’s Nest Library is having access to information and services provided by the Iosco-Arenac District Library system.

“We have access to everything that the district can provide,” she said.

Sproule added that the new library will allow for more activities for community members.

“We are planning to develop some children’s programs,” she said. “We want to encourage teenagers to come and help us with anything they feel that they need.”

Sproule said she hopes the Omer Little Eagle’s Nest Library will be a great asset for the community.

Sproule said the new library will have something for everyone.

“We have new computers coming in this spring,” she said. “We will have two computers in the children’s section that will have learning games.”

Although the library is near completion, Sproule said there is a little more work to be done.

“We are in the process of hiring an assistant librarian so that we can have some hours on Saturdays,” she said. “We had a private party who donated $1,000 for a new sign for the library and another party donated money for a mural.”

Sproule said library hours are currently Monday through Friday, 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

She added that she is thankful for everyone who made the new library possible.

“I am truly amazed at the generosity the tribe has shown us and the excitement from the people around us,” she said. “This is something that we had no idea that we could do.”

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