Friends of QA Library hold sweet fundraiser
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.
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.