Library Lynx, June 27, 2013

WOW!  The Friends’ first Bake Sale Fund Raiser was a bountiful blessing to the Library!  Through the contributions of many who donated their time, baking talents, and money, you helped us bring in $1,063.53 for our Jamieson Library Expansion Fund!  Folks would come in with Rice Krispie treats or other items for the bake sale and then also present us with a check for $50, $100, or $150 for the expansion project!  Such an outpouring of generosity brought grateful tears to my eyes.  How generous you all are!  THANK YOU, EVERYONE!

Plans are coming together for the expansion project, but we’re still about $120,000 away from beginning work because construction will not start until we’ve raised the entire amount.  Besides the bake sale, there are other opportunities for you to help us out.  We are selling T-shirts at the Library, and will soon have bracelets to sell, too.  Yesterday, a very generous library patron, Margo Holzman,  who is thrilled that we’ll be getting some more elbow room, stopped by with a check for $1,000 from her and her husband, Peter,  for our building fund.  These unexpected contributions make my heart soar.  I have the BEST job in the universe and am so fortunate to be part of this unbelievably fantastic community of caring, giving library supporters!

Another way you can have a good time and contribute to the Friends’ fund raising is coming up in August.  Many of our treasured possessions have sentimental value, but wouldn’t it be fun to find out just what they are worth?  Here’s your chance!  Please join the Friends of the Poynette Library for an exclusive fund raising event with Mark Moran, former senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books, as he appraises your item(s) at the Poynette Library on Monday, August 12th from 6-8:30pm.  You can see a complete list of acceptable and excluded items, and Mr. Moran’s impressive credentials, at the Library.  Pre-registration and payment is required to save your space, since time constraints limit us to 40 items. The cost for each item’s appraisal is $25.

Our Summer Library Program is in full swing with workshops, guessing jars, prize baskets and a winner of our NOOK Simple Touch E-Reader.  Congratulations to London Chapman!  Her name was drawn from the 352 registration slips.  Thanks to all who signed up for our reading incentive program.  Your reading completion slips earn chances to win the marvelous prize baskets, and top readers in each age group get something special.  It’s not too late to register!  Come and be part of the fun!

Please mark your calendars for two special Summer Library Program performances.  On Monday, July 1st at 1pm, Luke Traver will demonstrate carving a wooden shoe while participants watch a DVD starring Bob Siegel, Jr. from whom Luke is learning this craft which is nearly extinct.  If you prefer wiggly, writhing objects, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see them up close and personal when Tom Kessenich, Herpetologist, comes with his Snakes Alive program on Thursday, August 1st at 6:30 pm.

See you @ the Library!