Sizing up the goodies -
Duane Rupp looks over a few of the 40 Holiday Gift Baskets which are currently on display at the Cherokee Public Library, as part of the Friends of the Library's 12th annual Holiday Gift Basket auction. Sign up at the library now. Photo by Dan Whitney.
All types of baskets -
The Cherokee Archives (left) and VFW Auxiliary (right) have these lovely gift baskets up for auction at the Cherokee Public Library. Photo by Dan Whitney.
The 12th annual Cherokee Friends of the Library Holiday Book Basket project recently got under way. Friday's Cherokee Chamber Coffee was held at the Cherokee Public Library, which provided an opportunity for the public to get a look at the nearly 40 Holiday Book Baskets on display at the Library.
The Friends of the Library is an organization committed to assisting the library purchase items which are not in their yearly budget and the Book Basket project is their major fundraising project each year.
Following the 2010 project, they were able to purchase rhythm instruments for the children's department, provide the money for enrollment in the Wilbur system that provides downloadable books for library patrons, the books for the Wilbur system, audio books, and new folding tables.
Individuals and organizations have assembled book baskets, each of which has a theme. The baskets contain a book as well as a variety of theme-based items. These popular, fun baskets provide a variety of different options for holiday gift giving.
The public is invited to visit the library and browse the diverse selection of baskets. Then, if your wish, you may submit a "silent" auction bid for a basket on a paper next to each basket. The bidding will close at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3. At that time, the final person listed on each bid sheet will be awarded the basket.
Coffee at the Library -
A large crowd gathered at the Cherokee Public Library Friday morning for the week's Chamber Coffee. The Library's annual Book Basket Fundraiser is currently underway., and among those who enjoyed the homemade bars and coffee (or hot apple cider) Friday were Nikki Thunder, Dick Waterbury, Dorothy Royer, Jomi Anderson, Mike Rose, Hank Hayes and Bob Barnes. Photo by Dan Whitney
All baskets are display at the library. Some baskets will appeal to young people, some to adults, some to women, some to men, and still others may appeal to a broad spectrum.