Fundraising events help oth­ers at li­brary

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - OPINION - ALEX WRIGHT Pea Ridge Li­brar­ian

Greet­ings, Li­brary fam­ily. It is of­ten a mu­tual ac­knowl­edg­ment to as­so­ciate the month of Fe­bru­ary with love. Es­pe­cially as you walk the aisle of any lo­cal Wal-Mart and are vis­ually as­saulted by the vast ar­ray of pinks, reds and hearts ga­lore sur­round­ing you (said with great ado­ra­tion to ev­ery­thing that store man­ager Tim does for our com­mu­nity)! In keep­ing with that spirit, Li­brary staff have very much taken on the motto of “Love your Li­brary. Love your Com­mu­nity.”

If you fol­low us on Face­book (as I ur­gently hope and slightly push you to do if not), you’ll have no­ticed that since the month’s start we have pre­sented a few fundraising ef­forts. The first, and most com­i­cal, be­ing our Pie the Li­brar­ian chal­lenge where all three li­brar­i­ans have a jar of their own for pa­trons to donate to in the hopes of see­ing one of them cov­ered in pie cream in the near fu­ture. Ev­ery dol­lar do­nated to this event will get your name in the draw­ing to be one of the three lucky pa­trons who will have the plea­sure of pie-ing our win­ning li­brar­ian at the end of the month. The pro­ceeds raised from this go to­wards the pur­chase of books, craft sup­plies, etc.

Se­condly, is the sell­ing of the Valen­tine’s Day bas­kets for our Friends of the li­brary non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps raise funds and aware­ness for us and the growth of our com­mu­nity pro­grams. Re­cently they re­ceived a grant for the up­grad­ing of the li­brary’s com­put­ers and have up­dated three of the six, with work to get a grant for the re­main­ing. The pur­chase of a bas­ket is a way to donate to the fu­ture of our Friends group and fur­ther their ef­forts in the fu­ture of your li­brary. If you wish to learn more about this group please stop by the li­brary or fol­low them on their Face­book page.

Lastly is our Food for Fines event, Feb. 3-10. This is an event in which we not only pro­vided as­sis­tance to our pa­trons with their late fees, but also raise aware­ness of the need to help our the com­mu­nity in or­der to see it thrive. Pa­trons can bring in cans of un­ex­pired food in or­der to have their late fees waived with one can of food equal­ing $1 off of their late fee. If you don’t have a late fee and still wish to par­tic­i­pate, you can def­i­nitely do so by call­ing the li­brary to spon­sor an anony­mous pa­tron’s late fee for them. All the food raised in this event will go to the lo­cal food bank, Loaves ’n Fishes. Up­com­ing Events:

• Feb. 1-28 — Pie the Li­brar­ian

• Feb. 6-14 — Friends of the Li­brary’s Valen­tine’s Day Bas­ket Sale

• Feb. 3-10 — Food For Fines, 1 can of food =$1 off pa­tron late fees

• 10:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Feb. 7 — Weekly Story-time and Craft

• 4 p.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 8 — T.A.B Meet­ing, ages 13-18

• All day, Fri­day, Feb. 9 — Valen­tine’s Cards for Au­tumn Place

• 3:45 p.m. Mon­day, Feb. 12 - Fri­day, Feb. 16 — Af­ter School Olympics

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Ed­i­tor’s note: Alex Wright is the di­rec­tor of the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary. She can be reached at the li­brary at 451-8442 or by email at alex.wright@cityof pearidge.com.

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