Boo, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. It seems to me all three holidays run together anymore. This week at the Cherokee Public Library I've handed out treats, made a November bulletin board, and printed off signs for the Friends of the Library's fund raiser with pictures of Christmas trees.
The last is on my list to write about this week as the Friends' basket project is always a special event during November. The library's meeting room is now full of wonderful baskets waiting for bids. It's too hard to mention all 40 individually so I will make a general effort to describe them. Each basket has a book or cd in it along with other interesting things.
There are two baskets appropriate for babies, one full of diapers and board books and the other with hand knit items. There is a crate holding Lego stuff and a toolkit full of Cars. Another has a fireman theme and still another is about Seaman, the dog that accompanied Lewis & Clark. Baskets to delight little girls include one with princess paraphernalia and one with hand crocheted Barbie clothes.
There are baskets for gardeners, cooks and birdwatchers as well as one for a stargazer or hunter. Another is stuffed with quilting treasures. There is one for an Iowa Hawkeye fan and one for a dog lover. Several have Christmas themes and many are just general reader's favorites. Two are pink, pink, pink. There are three baskets that include a bottle of wine and many more that have some form of chocolate in them.
And... unique this year is an original piece of art, a beautiful small painting of a tulip bouquet donated by Cathy Eischen. It's not in a basket but is displayed on a decorative easel. I look for it to receive a lot of attention and good bidding action.
Please come in and take a look as the Friends start another successful fundraiser for the library. It's a great way to find a unique gift or something for your own enjoyment. The baskets are available for viewing during the library's open hours. Final bids will be accepted at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The library will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans' Day. It's pretty easy to lose sight of that important day amid the jack-o-lanterns, turkeys and holly so please take a moment to thank someone who has served in the armed forces and to remember those who did and are no longer with us.
The library is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. -- 8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m.