I can't believe it's time to do the November newsletter and staff schedule for the Cherokee Public Library. I'm not sure what happened to October. It must have gone the same place that August and September disappeared to.
November always brings a very special activity as the Friends of the Library's annual book basket fundraiser gets in gear at the beginning of the month. Some baskets or at least contents for baskets have already arrived so it looks like another good year.
I saw a garden pot and a Women of Faith basket go downstairs as well as a basket for book lovers and one that had a pair of binoculars in it.
I know the Sit and Stitch gals are working on putting a basket together and as soon as I come up with a great idea, I will need to get one together for the Library Board. By the time I have that accomplished there will certainly be lots of others.
Baskets will be on display in the library's meeting room shortly after Nov. 1. Each one will be accompanied by a clipboard containing a bid sheet. Anyone interested can write in their name and phone number. The highest bid on Saturday, Dec. 5 wins the basket. It's a wonderful way to do some Christmas shopping.
The Friends are scheduled to host the Chamber Coffee on November 13 which always gets us off to a good start. The profits from last year's project were over $2,000 establishing a new record. We hope to surpass that in 2009 even with the problem economy. So plan to stop in and take a look.
Also happening in November is a special program on Tuesday, Nov. 10. It will be held in the children's department but it is for all ages. I think some patriotic music will be involved so it should be a fun experience for anyone who likes to sing.
Peg's musical ability has been a real boon for us and she is generous in sharing it. The library will be closed the next day on Wednesday, November 11 for Veterans' Day.
Since it's not quite the end of October, I will leave the Thanksgiving holiday hours until a later date and concentrate on enjoying Halloween first. It's my favorite holiday although I dislike what comes afterwards on the calendar. Maybe this year we will be spared the gloomy icy days that I associate with November. Regardless, I will no doubt be soon wondering where that month went too.