A facelift has changed the courtyard at Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library into a showcase area for the library.

A transformation has occurred at the Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library courtyard. Through the efforts of many, the courtyard has had an extensive makeover and is now a showplace for the library.

Earlier this summer, some landscaping was done including a major planting in the courtyard. Two trees were added to the landscape.

Now, a much more extensive project has been completed that included installing lots of shrubs and flowers, mulch, a watering system and more, said Laura Davis, library director.

And more is on the way. Plans are underway to install a bench. Memorials were given to the library and those funds were used to purchase bird feeders that are being purchased now.

More projects to beautify the courtyard are either underway on in the planning process. A combination effort is underway between the Adam Moritz’s high school wood shop class and some very creative elementary student painters.

The shop class is cutting out and preparing some circular boards that will become a tic-tac-toe board. The class will use a wood burner to create the designs on the board. When the board is complete, it will be attached to a circular tree stump then the children will add their portion of the project.

The children are going to paint lady bug designs on rocks in different colors and use the rocks instead of Xs and Os, Davis said.

The children will either be from elementary art class or from the LIFE after school program. Either way, it will be great way for the shop students and the little kids to contribute to a community project. “This is a great project for the shop kids,” Davis said.

Even the Tiger Tots Play Group is getting involved with the landscaping. They will be decorating two planters for the project.

While the courtyard looks much better, even more improvements are scheduled for next year in the spring.

The Friends of the Library are the driving force behind this project. They raised the money including the Golden Belt Community Foundation grant based out of Great Bend. The grant will be used to create a bird observation station inside the window that looks out onto the courtyard. There will be a table, binoculars, a digital camera and a book on Kansas birds.

Friends of the Library are also responsible for raising money, planting grass, removing overgrown vegetation, adding a pergola and planning the various projects in the remodel.

“They (Friends of the Library) are very active in our library,” Davis said.

Memberships are available for Friends of the Library and they are always looking for additional members. Single and family memberships are available. Anyone interested in joining Friends of the Library should call the library at 549-3227 and any staff member can help them join the group.

The community is encouraged to stop by and see the changes and enjoy the fruits of all the labor that went into this project.