Norwin library marks 75th year with wooden keepsakes

| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

When the Norwin Public Library kicked off its 75th anniversary last August, library officials wanted to make the occasion special. To do that, they turned to an Ohio company to create a keepsake.

The Friends of the Norwin Public Library, the auxiliary organization that raises funds to support library programs and activities, decided to commission Cat's Meow, a company that makes personalized wooden gifts, to design a rendering of the library building on Caruthers Lane.

“We can do just about anything you can think of,” said Susan Ertl, an employee at Cat's Meow, adding that the company has designed pieces for many different buildings, gardens, homes, even vehicles.

To create an accurate library rendering, Erl said, library officials provided photographs of the building from different angles. Artists at Cat's Meow create a sketch of the work and send it back for inspection. Once approved, the finished piece features a painted image of the library on a wooden block in the shape of the building. The small keepsake measures 7½ inches long, 3 inches tall at its highest point and less than 1 inch thick. All the pieces are handmade, including the detailed finishing at the end.

The renderings can be purchased at The Third Place, the library's coffee shop and lounge area, for $15.

“It is a nice memento to honor the library,” said Mary Joe Marion, president of the Friends group.

In addition to sales from the Cat's Meow keepsake, the Friends group will hold book sales on the last Wednesday of each month as part of the anniversary celebration. On every Wednesday in February, there will be a movie and book sale.

“The community is very generous with their books,” said Diana Falk, library director, which helps to make the sales a good source of revenue for the library.

Most importantly, Falk appreciates the hundreds of people who have dedicated their time and energy to the library.

“This community has a very long history of supporting the library,” Falk added.

That's 75 years now, to be exact.

Mandy Fields Yokim is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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