Sharon Lanman, a volunteer for Friends of the Library, stands between Kiwanis members Dick Cavanaugh and Starr Brunner as she thanks the club for their donation for books for the Children's Library.

Courtesy of Phyllis Belcher

The major goal of Kiwanis is to improve the lives of children. This was the motivation for the club to donate $200 to the Friends of the Library (Tehachapi) for purchasing books or other items for the children's library. A check was presented to Librarian Marie Smith, who spoke to the group about her plans and dreams for the Tehachapi library.

She said the library staff is getting settled in at the new building and changes and improvements will still be made.

Smith has had previous library experience at Frazier Park, where she initiated programs of interest to the community. She said she is open to suggestions about what the people of Tehachapi would enjoy. She also welcomes work by local artists to decorate the walls. She hopes to make the library a warm and inviting place.

During a tour of the library, Smith introduced Sharon Lanman, a volunteer for Friends of the Library, who accepted the Kiwanis donation and expressed appreciation for it. She explained that Friends have a quarterly book sale with all proceeds going to the library.

The group is looking for more members who would like to promote and improve the library.

Kiwanis is a service club that strives to improve the lives of children locally and throughout the world. They meet most Wednesdays at noon at the Police Station Community Room. The club is in the midst of a membership drive. Anyone interested in joining or learning more about Kiwanis may call Ron at 823-4848.

Phyllis Belcher is a longtime Tehachapi resident, and is involved in various volunteer organizations.