Fundrais­ing events at the li­brary help oth­ers

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

Happy Valen­tine’s Day, li­brary fam­ily.

It seems only fit­ting to start this week’s ar­ti­cle off with love and praise for those in our com­mu­nity. The Food for Fines event, ben­e­fit­ing not only our pa­trons but Loaves n’ Fishes’ Food Pantry, has gone so well that we have de­cided to con­tinue it for the re­main­der of Fe­bru­ary. We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one that has do­nated and con­tin­ues to do­nate to this great cause! If you wish to do­nate canned goods in or­der to spon­sor an anony­mous pa­tron’s late fees please con­tact the Li­brary at 479451-8442.

Today is the last day to drop by the Li­brary for your Valen­tine’s Day bas­ket for that spe­cial some­one, or your­self be­cause they are just that cool and I am a strong ad­vo­cate of self spoil­ing. All pro­ceeds raised from this event go to­wards The Friends of the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion and their mis­sion to serve the Li­brary by pro­vid­ing the abil­ity to get the pro­grams/ ma­te­ri­als that we are greatly in need of. If you are one of the many that are striv­ing to see our lo­cal com­mu­nity and busi­nesses thrive just as those of our neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties do, then I strongly urge to you join this group. They meet once a month here at the Li­brary and en­gi­neer ways to raise aware­ness and funds for the needs of the Li­brary that are ei­ther out of our yearly bud­get range, or some­thing in which only a 501c3 or­ga­ni­za­tion would have ac­cess to. They have done so much for us al­ready and we are truly blessed to have them work­ing dili­gently for our fu­ture. For more in­for­ma­tion on please fol­low them on their Face­book page or ask the Li­brary’s front desk.

Speaking of pro­grams that we of­fer, I wanted to take the time to touch on one such pro­gram that has as of re­cent started to take off quite well. The Quil­ter’s Club was estab­lished not too long ago and with each monthly visit has grown by sev­eral mem­bers ea­ger for the com­mu­nity and friend­ship that the group pro­vides. This bunch of en­er­getic gals meets ev­ery 3rd Wed­nes­day of the month in our com­mu­nity room from 10am-3pm where they dis­cuss var­i­ous items of con­ver­sa­tion rang­ing from quilts to celebrity crushes over cof­fee, and their laughs are a joy to be heard by the Li­brar­i­ans. Many bring in a few of the pieces they are work­ing on to show off or get help with from fel­low quilt lovers. We en­cour­age all who have the urge to con­nect with fel­low quilt fa­nat­ics, or even those who just want to con­nect with lo­cal ladies, to join us each month for this beloved group. Fe­bru­ary’s meet­ing will be held on the 21st from 10am3pm and all are wel­come to stop by for a visit. Up­com­ing Events:

• Feb. 1-28 — Pie the Li­brar­ian

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

• Feb. 3-28 — Food For Fines, 1 can of food =$1 off pa­tron late fees; 1 canned good = $1 off late fees

• 10:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Feb. 14 — Weekly Mrs. Car­rie’s Tod­dler 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

• 9:30 a.m. Fri­day, Feb. 16 — Home School Art class, ages 6-11

• 10 a.m. Fri­day, Feb. 16 — Home School Art Class, ages 12-18

• 11 am. Satur­day, Feb. 17 — Story-time

• Mon­day, Feb 19 — Li­brary Closed, Pres­i­dent’s Day

• 11 a.m. Tues­day, Feb. 20 — Wa­ter Bot­tle Bird Feed­ers, ages 4 & up

• 6 p.m. Tues­day, Feb. 20 — Free Adult Yoga Class, bring mat*

• 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Feb. 21 — Quil­ter’s Club

• 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Feb. 21 — 7th Grade Book Club

• Thurs­day, Feb. 22 & Fri­day, Feb. 23 — Li­brary Closed, li­brary staff train­ing


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

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