During the week of April 22 through 29, customers at the Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee Food
Store celebrated spring with many gifts to the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s West Side Story campaign to establish a permanent, vibrant branch on the west side of Cedar Rapids.
The theme of the Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee’s annual springtime party promotion was “Storeville of Savings,” a play on Dr. Seuss’ “Seussville”. “The staff knew early on that we wanted this year’s party to benefit the Cedar Rapids Public Library. As a west side business, we love the fact that we are helping to keep a great library on this side of town,” says springtime party coordinator Sherri Henderson. “It was our produce manager Chris Mumby’s idea to give our customers the opportunity to purchase a ‘Cat in the Hat’-style paper cutout for one dollar at checkout.”
By the end of the week, the store windows were plastered with the playful hats and donations totaled $1,490.00. Henderson and store manager Greg Wery were “blown away by the generosity of our customers.”
Library director Bob Pasicznyuk and his family shop at the Wilson Avenue Hy-Vee and smiled at the generosity of their neighbors and the community as the paper hats piled up. “Library patrons who visit and enjoy our temporary main branch at Westdale Mall will be pleased with the proposed new west side branch. With this renovation project, our partnership with the Marion and Hiawatha Public Libraries, and the new main Library downtown, we are ensuring that everyone has access to a convenient, quality library experience.”
The new west side branch is scheduled to open in January 2013.
For more information about the Cedar Rapids Public Library, call (319) 398-5123 or visit www.crlibrary.org.