Volunteers are the backbone of the Friends of Curry Public Library, creating fundraising events that are inclusive, memorable, and entertaining. The Friends host three major fundraisers annually, and participate in two community wide events every year. Volunteers are indispensable to ensure these events are successful.

We need you! Even if you are only able to spare an hour or two, there are tasks listed below which will contribute to the success of Friends’ events. If you want to help your community library, please continue reading and discover a volunteer opportunity that fits your personality, talents, and time constraints. Your efforts will be acknowledged, and will be so appreciated.

 

Annual

Book & Bake Sale

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Presidents’ Day Weekend (Friday-Monday)

We need volunteers who…

  • Will hang flyers at local businesses to publicize the sale
  • Have muscle and/or a truck. Haul tables and boxes of books to the book sale site
  • Are book lovers and want a sneak preview of all the books prior to the sale. Sort books during the week preceding the sale (no set amount of time… drop in for an hour or so) and get first peek at donated books
  • Enjoy baking. Bake something for the Bake Sale table (quick breads, cookies, individual tarts, mini-cheesecakes, pastries, nut-free goodies, gluten-free goodies, artisan breads, rolls, and pies)
  • Like working with people. Work a 2-hour shift during the sale and meet hundreds of fellow book lovers
  • Are not afraid of manual labor. Box up all the left-over books

 

Annual month-long

Silent Auction

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The entire month of May, at the library

We need volunteers who…

  • Are outgoing, fearless and/or know lots of folks and business owners. Recruit new or like-new items or services for the auction
  • Will hang flyers at local businesses to publicize the event
  • Are impulse shoppers! Eliminate all guilt, self-loathing, and regret associated with impulse purchases. Donate those new or like-new items to the Silent Auction…and it’s tax-deductible!
  • Have an artistic flair. Help display all the auction items & bid sheets attractively and appealingly
  • Have muscle. Help set up and tear down the auction

 

Annual “Just Desserts”

Dessert Auction

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The first Friday in June (the last day of the Month-long Silent Auction)

We need volunteers who…

  • Are outgoing and know an artistic baker who is both technical and creative. Recruit the best bakers in Curry County to create a fabulous looking/tasting desserts for the auction… “curb-appeal” is critical (desserts sell for $150-$300 each)
  • Will hang flyers at local businesses to publicize the auction
  • Are creative and artistic. Create backdrop a for all the desserts, and arrange them attractively
  • Are organized and know lots of people. Keep track of dollar amount of bids for each dessert, and who made the winning bids
  • Are good with math and can make change without getting flustered. Take payments for both Dessert Auction and Month-Long Silent Auction items

 

Annual

Party in the Park Booth

The first Saturday after the 4th of July, noon – 4 p.m., in Buffington Park

A free community-wide event for children, with a different theme each year (i.e., Pirates, Super Heroes, Jurassic World).

We need volunteers who…

  • Are organized and/or creative. Act as liaison between the Party in the Park committee and the Friends organization. The “committee” decides the theme for the event
  • Are creative and/or theatrical. Design the Friends’ booth decorations, games/activities, and volunteer costumes
  • Have muscle. Set up canopies/booths in Buffington Park and tear them down
  • Enjoy working with pre-school and grade-school age kids. Work in the entry booth or help with activity

 

Annual community-wide

Holiday Bazaar

holidaybazaar2The Friday (3 – 7 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) before Thanksgiving

The Friends sell new or like-new books, published within past five years, donated by the generous library-supporters in the community.

We need volunteers who…

  • Are organized and patient. Act as liaison between the Community Holiday Bazaar committee and the Friends organization
  • Are creative and artistic. Help design the Friends’ booth with emphasis on the Holiday Bazaar’s current theme, the mission of the Friends of the Library, and Christmas.
    • The Friends tied for first place in 2015 and won $75.00 (the theme was “Nautical or Nice”), with a beautiful painted backdrop of Santa in a boat with a bag full of books, holding a huge library card, and being led by three leaping dolphins (including Rudolph the red-nosed dolphin)
  • Have muscle. Help set up the Friends’ booth and lights, and tear everything down after the Bazaar closes