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Mutually beneficial

Library, businesses find a way to support each other

Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 11:09 a.m. CDT
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(Doug Oleson - doleson@shawmedia.com)
Katie and Harlan Logan, co-owners of South Moon BBQ, present a big check for $400 to Heather Shlah, director of the Hinckley Public Library. The money was raised during an April 23 fundraiser for the library.

HINCKLEY — One of the first things Harlan “Pork Chop” Logan did when he and his wife, Katie, moved to Hinckley two months ago was get a library card.

Little did he know how he was going to get to pay back the library.

About that same time, library director Heather Shlah said the Friends of the Hinckley Library came up with an idea to help both the library and local businesses.

“Except for our programs, it’s hard for us to give back,” she said.

The idea was to encourage library patrons to attend fundraisers at local businesses.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Shlah said. “It’s a nice community partnership.”

Cindee Johnson, who works at the library, approached her brother, Skippy Johnson, with the idea of holding the first fundraiser at South Moon BBQ, where he works. He mentioned it to the Logans, who own the business, and they agreed to try it.

The Logans moved their restaurant from Genoa to 146 E. Lincoln Highway in Hinckley about two years ago. Known for its slow-cooked barbecue and “kick your mother in the teeth” Southern-fried potato salad, the colorful walls of South Moon are covered with figurines, posters and framed comic books of such characters as Batman, the Lone Ranger and the Pirates of the Caribbean. Harlan Logan also has a guitar signed by members of Kiss.

“I’ve been collecting that since I was 10,” he said. “I just like to share it.”

Sharing a portion of the proceeds, the downtown restaurant raised $400 for the library on April 23.

“It was so successful, we’ve decided to hold a different fundraiser every month,” Shlah said. “Everyone wants to join.”

The next event will be at Jack and Jina’s BP, 535 E. Lincoln Highway, on May 9. Shlah said a portion of coffee sales from 5 to 9 a.m., the convenience store’s busiest time of day, will be donated to the library.

“Have a cup of coffee for our cause,” she said.

Any business interested in holding a Friends of the Library fundraiser should contact Shlah at the library at 815-286-3220.

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