Old Metairie Library
Is Recipient of Donation from
Friends of Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, Wisconsin
Friends of Hedberg Public Library
Trustee Doris Roehl presents
donation to Jefferson Parish Library Director Lon
On Wednesday, April 12, 2006, Jefferson
Parish Library was presented with a $500 check for
Old Metairie Library, Metairie, LA, from Friends
of Hedberg Public Library (HPL) of Janesville, Wisconsin,
southeast of Madison.
Doris Roehl, representing the Friends organization,
hand delivered the donation to Jefferson Parish
Library Director Lon Dickerson and indicated the
money had been earmarked for use at Old Metairie
Library, having been chosen by the group to be the
adopted recipient of the Friends’ beneficence.
Mrs. Roehl, a Trustee of the Friends
of HPL board, said that the money was raised through
the Friends organization’s used book sales
and the library’s Teen Board bake sales.
Mrs. Roehl was able to present the
check personally because she had traveled to Metairie
as part of the United Methodist Committee on Relief
(UMCOR), the not-for-profit global humanitarian
aid organization of the United Methodist Church.
The group of 18 who had traveled south from five
churches in the south Wisconsin area was made up
of volunteers, ranging in age from 14 to 71, who
had come down to lend recovery assistance in the
Metairie area for approximately a week.
Mrs. Roehl, proudly indicating that
she and her husband were on the high end of the
volunteers’ age range, took a break from assisting
with the gutting of a Metairie home to come to Old
Metairie Library with a couple of other volunteers
to hand deliver the check on behalf of Friends of
In accepting the check, Dickerson
indicated that though additional computers have
been donated for Old Metairie Library and other
Jefferson Parish Library locations, furniture was
not, and that the money will be used toward the
purchase of much needed desks and chairs for the
The Friends of HPL was named the
Outstanding Large Friends Group in the nation in
2004. As far a Jefferson Parish Library is concerned,
Friends of HPL and the Teen Board are outstanding in 2006 in Old Metairie as well.