April 2024

National Library Week!

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The Friends set up a booth in the library’s lobby, April 7-14, centered around a poster asking visitors “Why did YOU come to the library today?” Patrons were invited to submit responses on colorful index cards by completing the sentence “I came to the library today to ________________.”  The completed cards were posted on a series of display panels, which changed daily as more responses were received. Anyone who provided contact information on the reverse side of their card was entered into a drawing for prizes (two $50 and four $25 gift certificates from local merchants). During the week, the Friends were pleased to see that over 250 response cards were received.

A number of Friends volunteered to host the display at various times during the week, and all had fun talking to visitors about their reasons for stopping in. The Friends believe the information gathered from the exercise will be useful for both library staff and library users to learn the scope of reasons people visit the library and the possibilities it offers.

April 2024

“We LOVE our Library Staff” Breakfast

Friends’ breakfast event honoring library staff

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Photos were taken by Michelle Valentino & Karen Sutherland

To celebrate National Library Workers Day, the Friends hosted a breakfast for members of the library staff at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9. The organizing group (Michelle, Dianne, Iris, Karen, Maureen, Nancy, and Sue) provided a delicious breakfast buffet that included crab quiche, link sausages, waffles, yogurt, fruit, and donuts.

Dianne presented staff members with hand-made thank you cards that each included a $330.00 check. The Friends had received an anonymous $5,000 donation in December and had voted to use it for thank you gifts for all our library employees. The staff was very appreciative.

February 2024

The Annual Book & Bake Sale

Set-up crew. Back: Bryan, Tim, Jeanie, Sandy, Nancy; Front: Ali, Iris, Kathy, Rhoda

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Some of the sorting crew. Back Row: Sandy, Carol, Maureen, Gary, Bob, Bryan; Middle Row: Carolyn, Iris, Terry, Martha, Mary, Lori; Front Row: Nancy Sue, Kathy, Karen, Nancy.

 

Photos were taken by Michelle Valentino & Phil Arnold

After hosting THE ANNUAL BOOK & BAKE SALE over Memorial Day weekend for the past two years, the Friends changed the dates back to the pre-COVID schedule…Presidents’ Day Weekend. 35 volunteers hauled, stacked, unpacked and sorted hundreds of boxes of books, sold books and baked goods, and after the last customer left at noon on February 19th, boxed the left-over books, folded and moved 51 tables, and broke down cardboard boxes. It took 134 man-hours to set up the sale, and exactly 1 hour and 16 minutes (10.25 man-hours) to tear it all down! Ten energetic, self-directed volunteers (Ali, Becky, Bryan, Carol, Craig, Iris, Jeanie, Jolayne, Nancy and Terry) made short work of packing up the few remaining books for transport to Goodwill in Brookings, and clearing the meeting hall in preparation for a full roster of meetings the following day.

The Bake Sale portion of the event was co-chaired by Sue Peters and Dianne Daniels, who gathered a crew to package, label, and price all the donated home-baked goodies. This year, our volunteer bakers outdid themselves with delicious cakes, pastries, breads, biscotti, turnovers, cookies, gluten-free items, and even some home-baked doggie biscuits (…that Bryan mistakenly taste-tested). A special shout-out to Linda Thain for her breads and sticky buns, and to Dianne Daniels (strudels, pecan pie brownies, scones) who logged many baking hours Friday and Saturday nights so we would have something to sell the following morning. Everything was beautifully displayed, and the Bake Sale brought in 25% of the event’s income. It’s a good thing our customer base and volunteers have a sweet tooth!

The BOOK & BAKE SALE is our most labor intensive fundraiser of the year. We are totally indebted to the uncomplaining folks who generously spent a good chunk of their holiday weekend at the library, working before, during and after the sale. The event raised close to $4,500.00, so all the hard work paid off.

November 2023

Holiday Better Books & Bake Sale

The bake sale side of the event brought in 42% of the total sale!

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The Friends hosted their “HOLIDAY BETTER BOOKS & BAKE SALE” in the lobby of the library on Friday and Saturday, November 17th & 18th, 2023. Fifteen members volunteered to help set up the tables and grid, sort books, act as cashiers during the sale, and tear down the booth after the sale. Generous Friends and library supporters in the community donated 276 new (published after 2018) or gift-quality books to the sale. There was a rush of customers when the doors opened Friday morning, with folks looking for holiday gifts for friends and family…and for themselves!

The Bake Sale side of the event was co-chaired by Sue Peters and Dianne Daniels, who did an outstanding job recruiting a wide assortment of goodies…cakes, cookies, chocolate truffles, breads, strudels, white chocolate pretzels, Danish pastry, and even holiday dog biscuits! They also enlisted twelve volunteers to help them work behind the scenes in the kitchen all day Friday and Saturday sorting, packaging, and labeling all the baked goods.  Everything was beautifully displayed and professionally packaged to appeal to the sweet tooth of our customer base.

Holding the sale in the library lobby is a great venue for us, as almost everyone who comes into the building loves both books and goodies…especially our Friends members!

October 31, 2023

“Ghoul Beach” Halloween Event

Friends hosted one of 14 booths at Halloween event in the Fairgrounds parking lot

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Photographs were taken by Michelle Valentino

On Tuesday afternoon, October 31, six of the Friends’ newest members joined their creative talents and hosted one of fourteen booths at the community-wide Halloween GHOUL BEACH event in the Fairgrounds parking lot in Gold Beach. The Friends “Bookmobile” was titled CURRY PUBLIC LIBRARY: WHERE BOOKS COME ALIVE, and each of the volunteers dressed in a fantastic costume depicting a character from one of their favorite children’s books (see photos above). The Bookmobile display included copies of each of the books that inspired the costumes, and the Friends were pleased when several people inquired whether they could check the books out on site!

The weather played a significant role in attracting a large crowd of youngsters and their families to the event…sunshine, 60+ degree temperatures, and NO WIND. A trickle of trick-or-treaters started showing up at 3:00, becoming a steady stream by 4:00, and the event concluded at 5:00, after an estimated 200+ people visited the Bookmobile.

The Friends handed out candy, small boxes of raisins, and bookmarks…some were “glow-in-the dark,” others were “pumpkin spice scratch ‘n sniff”, and all had labels on the reverse side listing the library hours and regularly scheduled family events. Airheads Taffy was distributed with the admonition: “Don’t be an airhead…read a book!”

The Halloween buzz continued throughout the evening as the crowd of youngsters/parents left the Fairgrounds and headed for downtown Gold Beach to visit local businesses participating in Main Street’s HALLOWEENTOWN TRICKY TUESDAY, and then to the popular Rogue Hills neighborhood for trick-or-treating, and HOGWARTS HALLOWEEN at Shore Pines.

September 30, 2023

“Just Desserts” Dessert Auction

 

Ten stunning desserts on display at the Dessert Auction on September 30th

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Photos were taken by Michelle Valentino and Phil Arnold

The Friends hosted their “Just Desserts” Dessert Auction on Saturday, September 30, for the first time… due to a three-year COVID hiatus…since 2019. Ten outstanding local bakers (including four Friends members, Craig, Mandy, Carrie and Dianne…YEAH!) created delicious desserts …pies, cakes, cupcakes, a tart, a torte and a tiramisu…that were each stunning works of art.

Library Director, Jeremy Skinner, erected two 4’X4’X4′ plexiglass cubes, to protect the pastries from up-close scrutiny and inadvertent sneezes. Martha and Craig worked their magic with scrunched up table cloths, pedestals, and miniature lights to transform the display into a “twinkle town” of desserts.

Sue Peters and Dianne Daniels recruited fifteen Friends members to make some delicious and beautiful appetizers to serve at the event. They also assembled an enthusiastic cadre of volunteers to plate the hors d’oeuvres and clean up the kitchen afterwards.

Sergio Martinez, local Theater Arts teacher at GBHS, made his debut performance as auctioneer, and rose to the occasion, pulling in $3,780 for the ten desserts…highest average price per dessert EVER! He even drew a $350 bid for the huge bouquet Martha created for the night’s event.

The Dessert Auction is one the Friends most entertaining and fun fundraisers, and we were all happy to have it back on our roster!

September 2023

Month-Long Silent Auction

 

Friends volunteers set up the auction (back row): Jeanie, Ali, Sandy, Iris, Bryan; (front row): Nancy, Karen, Jolayne; (Missing from photo: Carol and Michelle)

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Photos were taken by Michelle Valentino and Phil Arnold

The Friends unveiled their MONTH-LONG SILENT AUCTION on Monday, August 28th. Ten hard-working volunteers (see top photo) set up the auction the previous afternoon, which involved two hours of non-stop hauling of tables, tablecloths, grid, and auction items. Arranging the items so they were attractive, visible, and didn’t crowd their “neighbors” almost required an engineering degree! It was a good thing this group of volunteers was creative and willing to think outside the box.

The event, featuring fifty new or “just-like-new” donated items, ran through the entire month of September. There was something for everyone, and co-chairs, Bryan and Sandy Grummon, swore it was the best selection of auction items ever offered in the twelve-year history of this event. (Friends member, Pat Renner, mentioned that Sandy says this every year.)

For the second year in a row, over 50% of the auction items were brand-new in-the-box, including sporting equipment, tools, high-tech equipment, appliances, and a number of high-end patio “toys.”

The auction ended at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30th, on the night of the annual Dessert Auction. Treasurer, Jeanie Knowles, collected the bulk of the $6,685 we raised from the silent auction items that evening. A great clean-up crew led by Craig, Nancy, Bryan, Iris, and Phoebe had the entire auction torn down, grid ripped apart, and tables stored before 9:00 p.m…so fast we didn’t get any photos!

August 2023

Library Birthday Bash

Friends volunteers Michelle, Iris, and Maureen handed out cupcakes to everyone who attended the LIBRARY BIRTHDAY BASH.

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Volunteers from the Friends of the Curry Public Library and library staff hosted a “Library Birthday Bash” on Saturday, August 26th to celebrate the completion of a major solar array project at the library. The finishing touches were completed this summer on an array of solar panels that now power crucial lighting and infrastructure and emergency battery capacity. Curry Public Library is proud to be the only government entity in Curry County to have invested in solar as a form of energy independence and disaster resiliency. Funding for this project was made possible by generous private donations from the community and the continued support of the Friends of Curry Public Library.

The event also celebrated the 15th anniversary of opening the doors of our new library building on 3rd Street, and the 5th anniversary of dedicating the 6,400 square foot Harald Haug Library Learning Center addition, which added new spaces for learning and collaboration.

The community was invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, during which Jeremy urged the crowd of 75 library supporters to take a moment to pause, reflect, and celebrate how far our library has come from its humble beginnings. Shannon Suza, the library’s solar consultant, spoke briefly about the completed project and plans for expanding solar capacity at the library, and encouraged input from the community. Board Chair, Jerry Herbage, cut a ceremonial birthday cake at the end of the program.

Char Crumley birthday cupcakes were served by the Friends to everyone who attended, and the ever-popular Ferguson Brothers Band performed, much to the delight of 30 locals who danced to the classic rock music until 8:00 pm.

 

July 2023

Party in the Park

Friends’ “Treasure Island Challenge” obstacle course

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A gorgeous, hot, sunny, fog-free day, free carnival games for grade-school aged youngsters, and free picnic lunches for participants and their families attracted a record-breaking crowd of 207 kids to PARTY IN THE PARK. Twenty local organizations hosted booths at the community-wide carnival event on July 15th in Buffington Park, incorporating the theme “Pirates & Mermaids” into their booth activities and decorations.

The Friends’ booth was titled “Treasure Island Challenge,” a five-station obstacle course. Each youngster had to crawl through a play-tunnel, jump through four tires, throw an “axe” at a velcro target, attempt to walk on bucket-stilts, and end the course by walking a balance beam. This year, we added an alternative easier four-station course for the youngest of our participants. Each youngster was timed from start to finish, and the time was written on the back of a gold pirate medallion that was given to the child to wear.

Co-chairman, Sue Peters, said the event was a huge success, thanks to all the hard work put forth by a cadre of ten Friends volunteers and nine ASCEND staff/interns, on loan from the library. This enthusiastic group spent two hours setting up the booth, three and a half hours working the booth, and twenty-two minutes tearing the booth down. Sue said the kids loved running the obstacle course, and several returned to see if they could beat their original times.

Website Management

Work Group

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. Since 2019, Ali and Sandy have updated and tweaked the site on a monthly basis, posting current agendas, minutes, treasurer’s reports, and photos from recent Friends’ events.

Grant Writing

Work Group

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 Friends have applied for several grants since 2015, receiving funding amounting to $395,910.

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