Annual Book/Bake Sale
The Friends hosted their annual Great Book & Bake Sale at the library in the new Library Learning Center for a second year in a row. It is a perfect venue…spacious, bright, warm, and just steps away from the closet where Friends member, Craig Shannon, had stored hundreds and hundreds of boxes of donated books for the event. The sale took place Friday-Monday over Presidents’ Day weekend, February 14-17, 2020. Chairperson, Jim Boyle, reported book sales that brought in a record-breaking $4,100.00, as well as a record-breaking bake sale that earned $600.00.
For two days leading up to the sale, volunteers set up tables, used hand-trucks to haul boxes of books, unpacked all those boxes, and sorted every one of the record-breaking 8,000+ donated books…sometimes several times! Our book sale is probably the most organized on the entire Oregon coast, because we sort all fiction alphabetically by authors’ last names, and all the non-fiction according to the Dewey Decimal system… ensuring a positive shopping experience for all our customers.
One of the perks of joining the Friends of Curry Public Library is gaining early admittance to the Book & Bake Sale on Friday night, and this year a huge crowd showed up for the “Sneak Preview Sale.” Friends volunteers confirmed there were large crowds shopping throughout the entire four-day event, right up until we locked the doors at 2:00 on Monday.
Friends member, Lorraine Espinoza Lowe, set up the bake sale and it was stunning. She and Trish packaged all the goodies so beautifully, they looked like little works of art! We know the dramatic presentation contributed to record-breaking sales.
Just as the last customers were leaving the sale on Monday, February 17 at 2:00, Over a dozen Friends volunteers showed up to pack boxes of left-over books, which were delivered to Gold Beach Books. It took only 90 minutes to pack over 150 boxes of books, fold up the tables, tear down the surplus cardboard boxes, and sweep the floors. Besides being highly profitable, this fundraising event provided an opportunity for Friends to meet new members and get to know each other better.
Friends’ Holiday Party
Friends of the Library’s Board members hosted the 2019 Holiday Party. The tables were beautifully decorated and included glitzy goodie bags at each place setting. There was a huge Christmas tree and other large holiday ornaments that made the large room festive. 24 Friends attended the party, and everyone brought an appetizer for the potluck buffet…which turned out to be a gourmet feast! In addition, several Friends brought special Christmas cookies for dessert, so nobody left the luncheon hungry.
Library Director, Jeremy Skinner, gave a presentation and slide-show highlighting the library’s many accomplishments over the past year. A preview of a Friends promo film was shown, and also a film of the Friends setting up the 2019 Book & Bake Sale using time lapse photography. The luncheon culminated with a wrapped (blind) Book Exchange, emceed by Judi Collins.
Community Holiday Bazaar
The Community Holiday Bazaar was held Friday and Saturday, November 22-23, 2019 at the Event Center in Gold Beach. The theme for our booth was “Storybook Christmas.” Twenty non-profits, including the Friends of Curry Public Library, combined their efforts to make and sell Christmas swags to offset the booths’ costs, provide a complimentary tea table for the shoppers, and host a competition for the best decorated booths. Event chairwomen, Iris Wilson and Nancy Rogers, estimated it took 32 man-hours to create and assemble all the components of our booth (see photos above), and the result was spectacular. Thirteen Friends members actively participated in creating and hosting the booth this year.
Party in the Park
The Friends of the Library and the Rotary Club of Gold Beach successfully collaborated on “Party in the Park,” a free carnival event for the children of Gold Beach, from 2005-2011. Since then, other non-profit groups joined, and this year twenty organizations hosted booths, which took place on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Overall, 231 youngsters attended the very popular community-wide event this year. For the first time, middle-school age kids were invited to participate, and spent the afternoon trying their hand at disc golf and laser tag activities.
The theme for this year’s carnival was TOY STORY 4, and the Friends chose “Buzz Lightyear Obstacle Course” as the name of our booth. Co-chairs Jeanie Knowles and Sue Peters, assisted by an enthusiastic crew, created an eye-catching booth with a bright multi-colored parachute roof. Our booth featured a five-station obstacle course, requiring youngsters to crawl, jump, limbo, throw, and balance. 195 Pre-school through grade school aged children ran the course, and every participant was given a medal with his/her time recorded on the reverse side.
The Friends’ tenth annual “Just Desserts Dessert Auction” was the grand finale to our Month-long Silent Auction on Friday May 31, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. For the first time, we hosted the event in the new Harald Haug Library Learning Center meeting space. We served a complimentary buffet in the lobby, featuring thirty home-made appetizers baked by Friends volunteers. We also served complimentary wine, Arch Rock beer, and sparkling waters to the record breaking crowd of 140 library supporters. In early spring, the Friends recruited thirteen local bakers who are renowned not only for their baking expertise, but for their creativity and presentation. They baked some spectacular confections…as gorgeous as they were delicious…that were auctioned off by Reverend Tim Brueckner, who is a master at coaxing big bucks from his audience. Five of the people who won desserts with their highest bids had never been to one of our Dessert Auctions before…we’re sure they are still wondering what happened! We brought in $3,748.00 for thirteen desserts and two cupcakes at this year’s auction…WOW!
Month-long Silent Auction
The Friends’ annual Month-Long Silent Auction in the library has become our most lucrative fundraiser, pulling in a record-breaking $7,968.00 in 2019. In March 2019, an appeal was sent to all Friends’ members and the Gold Beach community, requesting donations of items that were in new or in like-new condition. Something that was taking up space in folks’ closets, spare bedrooms, or garages (a gift they never used, an impulse purchase they regretted, a piece of furniture that didn’t fit) was just the thing someone else wanted or needed. Twelve Friends members set up the entire auction in less than two hours after the library closed on Sunday, April 28, and the same group moved it to the large meeting space on the morning of May 31st, the last day of the auction. The multi-talented crew needed strength, engineering skills, artistic flair, and patience to display the fifty useful, unique or fun items. The Month-Long Silent Auction, which ran from April 29 through May 31, 2019, included twenty-two brand new items (i.e., a Stihl chainsaw and a new stationary bike), a stainless steel refrigerator, a portable masseuse table, an antique forge bellows, and a 36″ high leather kangaroo! The public was invited to bid… and bid often! The silent auction concluded with the dessert auction (see above).
Nine members of the Grant Writing Work Group (Judi Collins, Sandy Grummon, Bryan Moe, Nancy Rogers, Terry Shannon, Jeremy Skinner, Phoebe Skinner, and Mary Uhlir) have attended a 20 hour “Learn By Doing Grant Writing Workshop,” and the group has applied for several grants since 2015, receiving funding amounting to $395,910. So far in 2020, we have received the following grants:
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George Converse has an extensive programming background and is the technical lead of the Website Management Work Group. George, Ali Van Otterloo, Bryan Grummon, Jeremy Skinner, and Sandy Grummon took the training course from the Friends’ website designer, Anneliese Dehner. Updating the website on a monthly basis was a group effort from May 2016 through September 2016, but once everyone was comfortable with the WordPress software, tasks were allocated to each Work Group member. Ali and George update and tweak the site on a monthly basis, while Sandy posts new photos and documents to the media library.