Times Standard (Eureka)

Fortuna library book sale, dinner scheduled for this weekend

- By Mary Bullwinkel

The Annual Friends of the Fortuna Library book sale and dinner is coming up, and a timeline for grant-funded improvemen­ts is being discussed.

The book sale and drive-thru dinner is being held Saturday, March 11 and all proceeds will be used to provide entertaini­ng and informativ­e programs, along with up-to-date and relevant materials. The place to be is the Fortuna Veterans Memorial Building, where hardback books can be purchased for $1 per book and paperback books are $50 cents each. After 3:30 p.m. at the sale, a bag of books can be purchased for $1, and buyers are asked to bring their own bag.

The book sale will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the dinner will be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Master chef again this year is Milt Conley and the dinner will include grilled chicken, twice-baked potatoes, a vegetable medley, and green salad. The cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple. Reservatio­ns for the dinner may be made in advance at the Fortuna Library.

Fortuna branch librarian Violet McCrigler said, “We are thrilled to once again be offering in-person programs. We have a weekly storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.,” she added, “Spanish storytime on Fridays at 3:30 p.m., bilingual storytime on the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m., and a monthly STEAM storytime featuring science, technology, engineerin­g, art and/or math activities.”

McCrigler said the Fortuna Library has partnered with Humboldt Literacy Project to offer family literacy parties, and last month offered the first teen program since the start of the pandemic.

“We will be launching a book group for adults soon,” McCrigler said, “as well as a garden swap later this spring.” And on March 9, 2023, at 3:30 p.m., the library will welcome storytelle­r Ernie Albers.

This spring the city of Fortuna and Humboldt County Library are expected to announce a timeline for grant-funded improvemen­ts at the Fortuna Library. Fortuna applied and received a Build

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