As we head into November it is time to start promoting the Friends of the Cherokee Public Library's annual book basket fundraiser. Each year the Friends take silent bids on baskets that contain a book and related items. Even after all of these years I continue to be amazed at the creativity shown in assembling them. My office is filling up with baskets waiting to be wrapped and I see some very interesting things like wine, sunblock and a gold reindeer.
I am usually involved in putting together three of the baskets. I'll offer a sneak peek at those and hope it will be a teaser that gets people interested in seeing what will be on display beginning Monday, November 5.
The library staff's basket has a large print edition of Debbie Macomber's new book, The Inn at Rose Harbor, along with some fun stuff including chocolate tea. The library board's basket contains the 2013 All Iowa Reads selection, The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson. It also has a beautiful metal pumpkin trivet. Caroline Preston's unusual book, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, is showcased in the READit Book Discussion Group's basket which is actually not a basket at all but a very cool vintage hat box suitcase.
There are normally 35-40 baskets, all unique, that are available to bid on. They will be located in the meeting room on the lower level of the old part of the building and people are encouraged to come in and take a look whenever the library is open. Bids can change quickly so it's important to keep checking on favorites.
The Friends group is small but mighty and they do some great things for the library. It was first organized in the 80s with Fran Hayden, Doris Thomas, Gert Quinn, Martha Patterson and Eleanor Hicks as founding members. I can remember their enthusiasm at building the children's playhouse which was constructed by and named after Clyde Trimble in 1984. Another good memory is the day Doris and I went to Kmart and purchased the little red wagon that continues to be used almost every day around the library. Those women would be very pleased to know that the Friends group is still active and providing resources for library projects.
Please stop by during the month of November and take a look at the baskets. There will be something for everyone!
Library open hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am - 8pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am -- 5pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm.