Friends of QA Li­brary hold sweet fundraiser

Record Observer - - Community - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CH­ESTER — Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary held a spirit day at Sweet Frog in Ch­ester on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, July 20, fea­tur­ing a spe­cial story time with Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann. The frozen yo­gurt spe­cialty shop do­nated a por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the day’s sales to the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

While the chil­dren were en­joy­ing cups of frozen yo­gurt, Hof­mann asked them, “What do po­lice do?”

There were sev­eral quick re­sponses from the chil­dren, but one es­pe­cially brought a re­sponse from the sher­iff.

“They ar­rest bad guys,” the child said.

Hof­mann re­sponded, “Yes, they do ar­rest bad guys — and some­times bad girls, too!” (which brought laugh­ter from par­ents who were pre­sent) “There are also girls who do bad things.”

He told the chil­dren, “Don’t be afraid of po­lice when you see them. They’re here to help peo­ple and take care of our com­mu­nity. Ever yone needs to re­mem­ber that.”

He read two books, “A Day with Po­lice” and “”Po­lice Dogs,’ show­ing pic­tures as he went. The at­ten­tion and ex­cite­ment of the chil­dren seemed to in­crease when they saw pic­tures of dogs trained to help in po­lice work. Hof­mann spoke with par­tic­u­lar pride about the K-9 Unit that Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has with its own trained dogs and deputies.

Friends of QA County Li­brary Pres­i­dent Kathie Smar­ick and board mem­ber Sue Had­dox were pre­sent dur­ing the fundraiser, pass­ing out free, age-ap­pro­pri­ate books to chil­dren. They let the chil­dren pick a book from their own in­ter­ests that were avail­able.

The Friends of QA County Li­brary or­ga­ni­za­tion spon­sors var­i­ous pro­grams, such as the Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram, which this sum­mer frea­tures the slo­gan, “Make the World a Bet­ter Place,” and Satur­day Art Pro­grams and pur­chases needed equip­ment for the both li­brary branches, Cen­tre­ville and Kent Is­land.

Spe­cial book sales from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at both the Cen­tre­ville and Kent Is­land branch lo­ca­tions will ben­e­fit Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary. Hard­back books, pa­per­backs, DVDs, and au­dio selections are avail­able for $1 each or fill a bag for $10. Pock­et­book pa­per­backs and chil­dren’s books are 25 cents each. A Mem­bers Only Book Sale Pre­view is planned 4:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the KI branch.

Other up­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a spirit night fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at Doc’s River­side Grille in Cen­tre­ville and an adult spell­ing bee on Oct. 19.

An­nual mem­ber­ships to join Friends of QA Li­brar y are $25. Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brar y was es­tab­lished in 2013. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to Friend­sofQACli­brary.org.

Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary mem­ber Sue Had­dox, back left, and Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann with chil­dren at a spe­cial story time at Sweet Frog in Ch­ester, Thurs­day af­ter­noon, July 20. The event was a fundraiser for li­brary pro­grams. Hof­mann read two sto­ries, one about how po­lice help peo­ple and one about po­lice dogs.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Friends of QA County Li­brary mem­ber Sue Had­dox passes out free books to chil­dren who at­tended the sec­ond an­nual Friends fundraiser at Sweet Frog in Ch­ester, Thurs­day af­ter­noon, July 20. The chil­dren also en­joyed some de­li­cious soft frozen yo­gurt.

Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann reads a story about po­lice dogs to chil­dren dur­ing the sec­ond an­nual Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary fundraiser at Sweet Frog in Ch­ester, Thurs­day af­ter­noon, July 20.

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