Friends of the Morrill Public Library

The MPL Quilt Club meets at 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at the library. We view each others projects and enjoy learning new ideas and techniques related to the art of quilt
making. We received the Peter Pan embroidered quilt top as a donation that needed some tender,
loving care. The embroidery is possibly 80-85 years old; the sashing and borders are new fabric
selected to compliment the squares. The original designer of the quilt in 1926 was Independence,
Missouri needlework artist Ruby Stone McKim. She regularly shared her patterns in the Kansas City
Star and other publications throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s.
The Quilt Club is donating this special Peter Pan quilt to an individual who
makes a donation to the Friends of the Morrill Public Library, as part of the
Hiawatha Community Foundation “Give Back to Move Forward” campaign,
before midnight on May 28, 2022.
OUR PROJECT -The Morrill Public Library elevator, installed in 1992, is worn out and repair parts
are no longer available. It is used daily by staff and patrons. In 2020, a quote for a complete elevator
modernization was just under $90,000. The Friends of the Library were able to raise $10,000 during
the 2021 Matching Fund Event. We appreciate your support of this worthwhile project!

Friends of the Morrill Public Library
Hiawatha Community Foundation
Match Days Event @ the Fisher Center
201 East Iowa Street, Hiawatha, KS 66434
May 27: 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
May 28: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Download the form online and send a check postmarked on or before May 28. Forms are also
available at the circulation desk in the library.

The Friends of the Morrill Public Library raise money to help with library projects through its used book sales, membership dues, and donations. The Friends board members meet on the first Monday of each month (except in June and July) at 4:00 p.m.

The Friends have provided funding for:

  • Summer Reading Program
  • Books for Babies gift bags
  • Subscription to BookPage – free magazine about new book releases & other book news
  • Young Adult library programs
  • Supplies for the Hiawatha StoryWalk(R) event
  • Digitizing the Hiawatha World newspaper for free access to previous years’ publications
  • Free books to hand out during Storytimes
  • Pumpkins to decorate for Mulberry Pond library day
  • Subscription to Beanstack, the library’s digital reading tracker
  • Early Literacy Station
  • Digital camera
  • Meeting room tables
  • And more!
Donations: Click here to view and print the Friends donation form. You can either mail it in or drop it off at the library.

Board Officers:
President: Jane Bebermeyer
Vice President: Becky Schwanke
Secretary: Susie Tuback
Treasurer: Alayna Nigus

Board members:
Jeannie Binns
Carrie Olsen
Ruth Randall
Greg Bryant
Lynn Allen
Orveda Anderson

Click here to read the Friends’ Bylaws and Constitution.