Last chance to buy Li­brary Bas­kets

The Weekly Vista - - Community - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

Vol­un­teer Su­san Fer­raro is go­ing to give up her ti­tle as “the bas­ket lady” af­ter more than 10 years. When the win­ners of the si­lent auc­tion are an­nounced later to­day (Dec. 6), Fer­raro will go back to run­ning Encore books at the Bella Vista Li­brary.

For more than 10 years, Fer­raro has been cre­at­ing dozens of bas­kets for the an­nual bas­ket sale, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Bella Vista Li­brary. Al­though she has had help with the project over the years, lately she has done it alone. It’s the kind of project, she ex­plained that needs one per­son at the cen­ter.

All year long, do­na­tions for the bas­kets come into the li­brary. They range from bot­tles of wine to hand­made baby blan­kets.

All year long, Fer­raro brings home the do­na­tions and stores them. Even­tu­ally, she starts group­ing the items to­gether to cre­ate themed bas­kets.

This year, there are 93 bas­kets dis­played at the front of the li­brary. Peo­ple can bid on them by record­ing their of­fer in a loose-leaf note­book. Fer­raro be­lieves the Friends group will earn over $4,000.

“It’s time to freshen things up,” Fer­raro said, about the bas­ket project. Many mem­bers of Friends are tak­ing a breather, she ex­plained, the group worked hard to raise $150,000 for the new li­brary ad­di­tion and it took a lot out of the in­di­vid­ual vol­un­teers. But they have al­ready com­mit­ted to do­nat­ing an­other $50,000.

“She’s our num­ber one, valu­able per­son,” Janel Stryker, president of the Friends group said about Fer­raro. “She’s amaz­ing.”

Stryker said she was open to an­other vol­un­teer tak­ing over the bas­ket pro­gram but, so far, no one has stepped up.

Fer­raro may do smaller bas­kets through­out the year, she said.

Her next project will be called Fo­lio, Fer­raro said, and that stands for Friends of the Li­brary In­come Op­por­tu­nity. She plans to have small sales go­ing on at the front of the li­brary on a con­tin­u­ous ba­sis, leav­ing her stor­age at home free. She’ll also con­tinue to run the Encore shop, which is al­ways one of the best fundrais­ers for the Friends.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista

Su­san Fer­raro stands among the 93 bas­kets she put to­gether out of do­nated items for the Friends of the Li­brary Fundraiser. The si­lent auc­tion ends later to­day.

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