The Great Book & Bake Sale
After nine days and the efforts of volunteers working more than 350 combined man-hours, the Friends of Curry Public Library’s “Great Book & Bake Sale” was a huge success. Thanks to the generosity of dozens of local people who donated a bazillion gently used books, talented bakers who contributed tempting goodies to the bake sale side of the event, and the tireless work of a group of outstanding volunteers, this fundraiser brought in a record-breaking $4,786.00.
After years of hosting this event over Presidents’ Day weekend, an uptick in COVID numbers in January pushed the sale forward to Memorial Day weekend. A pent-up demand among locals for bargain-priced books, and lots of out-of-town visitors looking for something to do on the rainy weekend, generated record-breaking sales. People were lined up in the lobby to be among the first to shop the best selection of books at the “members only sale” on Friday night. Many folks paid for Friends’ memberships, specifically to attend the sneak preview.
Over 40 volunteers loaded, unloaded, hauled, stacked, unpacked and sorted hundreds of boxes of books, sold books and baked goods, and after the last customer left at noon on May 30th, boxed the left-over books, hauled/loaded the boxes onto waiting trailers, folded and moved 53 tables, and broke down cardboard boxes. It took 217 man-hours to set up the sale, and exactly 2 hours and 33 minutes (61.25 man-hours) to tear it all down! It was a lot of HARD WORK, and hats off to the energetic, uncomplaining folks who spent a good chunk of time at the library working their tails off before, during and after the sale.
The Bake Sale portion of the event was co-chaired by Dianne Daniels and Sue Peters, who packaged/displayed everything beautifully. EVERYTHING was sold by 1:30 on Saturday, and they and their friends had to rush home and bake all night to have something to sell on Sunday. The Bake Sale brought in close to $600.00 of the total. It’s a good thing our customer base had a sweet tooth!
Dedication of Holds Kiosk
A new custom “holds kiosk” was dedicated by the Friends on Wednesday, January 5th in the lobby of the library. Funding for the beautiful piece of furniture was provided by a generous donation to the Friends in memory of Mark Rasmussen, a library supporter and avid reader. The mobile, multi-use unit replaced a utilitarian…and not very attractive…shelf the library had used for the prior twenty-two months.
The three-way cabinet was custom built by local furniture designer and part-time library employee, Brodey Carpenter, owner of Dredge Design. It is a repository for books, DVDs, and audio-books ordered on-line by library users, or requested by phone. As soon as the materials are pulled from the library’s shelves, or are delivered from any of the fourteen libraries located in Curry and Coos counties, they are checked out and placed on shelves in the kiosk, located in the lobby. Folks can drive up to the front door of the library, run in, and pull their pre-checked out books from the shelves, with no wait time whatsoever.
The lobby “holds shelf” concept was the brain-child of library director, Jeremy Skinner, during the early days of COVID, when the library was closed to in-person service. While other libraries locked their doors and provided no means of checking out books during the first months of the pandemic, the “holds shelf” allowed our local library to continuously circulate books while avoiding in-person contact. It proved to be so popular with library users, Jeremy made it a permanent fixture in the library. With the recent upgrade to the new, custom designed/built kiosk, it is not only serviceable, it is an attractive, eye-catching addition to the library. Stop by and take a look!
Gift Quality Book Sale
The Friends hosted a “Gift Quality Book Sale” in the lobby of the library on Friday and Saturday, November 12-13, 2021. Fourteen members helped set up the booth, lifted, unloaded and sorted 35 boxes of new and “just-like-new” books, and sold a total of 265 books and DVDs at $5.00 each to an enthusiastic customer base. Holding the sale in the library lobby turned out to be a great venue, as almost everyone who comes into the building loves books.
Cookbook enthusiasts dominated the sale during the first two hours, schlepping up some of the 170 “perfect condition” cookbooks donated by Friends’ member, Sandy Dwyre, from her extensive collection. There was also a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books published after 2015, that went home with happy new owners…many of them our own Friends members. As always, we are our best customers!
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.
In 2020, we received the following grants:
- $5,000 Tammis Day Foundation
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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.