October 26, 2014

Omer Library opens to large crowd

James Kuch
Mayor Alice Sproule and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Tribal Chaplin Keith Mandoka cut the ribbon.
By James Kuch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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OMER — The Omer Little Eagle’s Nest Library soared to a grand opening, with public and officials from across Arenac County gathering to celebrate Omer’s newest addition.

The open house took place Friday, Feb. 25, as community members, officials and members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe packed the library.

Omer Mayor Alice Sproule said it was great to see so many people come to the open house.

“I’m amazed at the support we got from the community,” she said. “We had support from everyone.”

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, attended the event, calling it a, “tremendous occasion.”

“This library shows the spirit of the citizens here,” he said. “In a time where everyone is talking about ‘doom and gloom,’ they were willing to move forward and get this facility here for everyone.”

Johnson said it was heartwarming to see such a large amount of people come to the open house.

“It’s great to see people from different walks of life have made a big effort here to make something good for the whole community,” he said.

Members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe were also on hand to help celebrate and share in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Tribal Chaplin Keith Mandoka said the Omer Little Eagle’s Nest Library will be a great place for learning.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for residents of Omer to get an education with the help of this library,” he said. “We want to see people here succeed as a person of their own and take advantage of this library.”

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe played a major role in the construction of the library, donating a total of $91,086 to the city during its last three allocation grants.

Mandoka said that the tribal council decided to donate the money, because they believe the library will become the “heart” of Omer.

“We felt like everyone will appreciate it,” he said. “Today is a joyous occasion for the tribal council to see this establishment become a reality.”

Mandoka said one of the goals of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is to help grow areas around Arenac County.

Sproule said that she was happy to see members of the tribe see the finished library.

“It is just wonderful that they came, and they believed in Omer,” she said. “I just think they feel this is as important as we do that we have this for our young people.”

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