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Friends of the Library Annual Book Basket Project

Friday, November 2, 2012

Members of the Friends of the Cherokee Library recently gathered to wrap up the nearly 40 baskets that make up the group's annual fundraiser for the Cherokee Libary. Working hard to make sure each basket is unique are Lisa Sampson, Mary Ann Miller, and Sue Parker. All baskets are displayed at the library. The creative, theme-based baskets will appeal to a broad spectrum of people. Photo by Mike Leckband
The 13th annual Cherokee Friends of the Library Holiday Book Basket project will kick off on Monday.

This will 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.

In the past the Cherokee Friends of the Library were able to purchase several items for the Cherokee Public Library including the purchase of 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 and help with the digital conversion of newspapers.

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.

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 1980s with Fran Hayden, Doris Thomas, Gert Quinn, Martha Patterson and Eleanor Hicks as founding members.

The bidding will close at noon on Saturday, Dec. 1. At that time, the final person listed on each bid sheet will be awarded the basket.

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.

On Nov. 9, the Cherokee Chamber Coffee will be held at the Cherokee Public Library starting at 9:30 a.m. Organizers hope everyone will take time to stop at the Cherokee Public Library and check out the book baskets.

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