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Local Wood plus High School Talent Equals Beautiful Library Furniture in Long Prairie

Local Wood plus High School Talent Equals Beautiful Library Furniture in Long Prairie

Locally grown, sustainably harvested wood; generous people with pickup trucks; talented high school students; and a great industrial arts teacher have all come together to provide the Long Prairie Public Library with beautiful new computer tables. The idea to replace our mish-mash of tables first came up at a meeting of our local Friends of the Library group. "Joanne's got the wood." "We'll see if Bob can pick it up."  "Maybe Ron would design the tables." "Let's ask the shop class to build them."

And from that beginning came our elegant tables made of ash, oak, maple - all from the forests of Todd County and harvested by the Headwaters Forestry Coop - a group of people who manage and harvest from their forests using sustainable methods. The tables were designed to fit our library and stained to enhance the natural grain of the wood. They are wonderful!

In a small town, a project like this has created a real sense of pride: that the wood is our own, that the hands that built the tables belong to our talented kids, that so many people could have a part in the creating of them.

Of course, you may just come to use the computers, you'll still enjoy the tables!