Library Foundation donors leave lasting legacy

Pictured clockwise from left: Library Foundation Board member LeRoy Jorgensen, bench donor Gary Strachan, bench donors Candy Carlson and Karen May, representing the Humboldt County Genealogical Society, Board member Jean Holste (standing), Library Director Demi Johnson (standing), Foundation Board President Linda Clasen, Board members Joan Lindaman, Katy Lemmenes and Jane Wickett. The four benches at the site were donated by Gary Strachan in memory of his wife, Janice; by Marvin Grebner in memory of his wife, Donna; the Humboldt County Genealogical Society in honor of its members; and Dan Holste in honor of his wife, Jean and the couple’s daughters. Humboldt Independent photo.

By Kent Thompson
Just as great works of literature can leave a lasting impression on the mind, making a donation to the Humboldt Public Library Foundation can leave a lasting legacy.
It can be a legacy of knowledge and learning, or a tangible asset.
One such asset that gives the library grounds a sense of relaxation and repose is the new benches that grace the front of the library. They are lasting memorials to people who have had or are having a special connection to the library, or just a way to remember someone who loved to read.
Gary Strachan, Marvin Grebner and Dan Holste all donated funds in honor or memory of their wives and the Humboldt County Genealogical Society donated funds for the fourth bench.
The Library Foundation used some existing funds coupled with a $1,193 grant from the Humboldt County Community Foundation to provide matching funds for a dedicated sidewalk and landscaping around the benches.
To read more about this philanthropic endeavor and find out how you can donate, see this week's Humboldt Independent, on sale today at area newsstands, or better yet, subscribe by clicking on the link at the top of this page and have it delivered to your door/computer in either print or digital formats.

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