Friends of the Library to hold picnic fundraiser on Saturday

    The Friends of the Library, a group of local volunteers supporting the James Memorial Public Library, will be holding a fundraising picnic this Saturday, September 28, beginning at 5 p.m. This is the fifth annual picnic and tickets are available now or at the event.

    Adult tickets are being sold for $10 and include a dinner of ribs or hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, cookies, and bottle water. Children under 10 years old get in free.
    Additional raffle tickets for gift baskets, provided by local business and donors, will also be available. The annual bake sale will also make a return this year, with participants having the opportunity to purchase baked goods from some of the finest bakers in town. Live music will accompany dinner.
    Children will also have activities to enjoy, including a bouncy house, a children’s book sale, and horse rides on a Clydesdale. Tickets will be $3 per ride, and are for children only.
    The Friends of the Library have used the annual fundraiser to raise money to go beyond what is available within the city budget for library funding. The Friends of the Library have the goal of restoring Lucy’s Playhouse, which is the theme of this year’s event. Other events the group does each year thanks to the fundraising efforts include the annual BoookFest, which is held each Halloween, where kids can trick or treat at the facility and receive a free book. Money in the past has also helped with bringing Santa to the Library in December and will begin preparing for next year’s Summer Reading Program, with the group providing money for prizes that are given away.
    The annual fundraiser is always a great time for the community to come together to support the efforts of the James Memorial Public Library, the legacy of literacy in the community, and the history of an icon within the community.
    Tickets are available in advance at the library or at the doors the night of the event. Anyone with questions can contact the library at 573-265-7211 to learn more.

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