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Annual Book & Bake Sale

A Heartfelt Thank You to all Rowley Library Annual Book/Bake/Hot Dog/Raffle Sale Volunteers and Patrons!

This is our 3rd year as Co-Chairs of this wonderful community event which raises much needed funds to help pay for library programs throughout the year. The programs benefit the entire community. Michelle Ford, the previous Chair of this event (we don’t know how she pulled off this huge amount of work on her own) for 4 years in a row, had set the bar very high for us and we continue to receive helpful insights from her to pull off this event. Library Director Pam Jacobson, thank you for your patience and insight to help us make this a successful event again. Many Trustees and staff of the Library also came out and gave numerous hours of volunteer time. A total of 358 volunteer hours yielded nearly $4,000 again. We would like to raise $5,000 next year.

Books/Games/DVD’s and CD’s got donated throughout the year by people who were ready to part with them and let them have a new owner. Two volunteer sort and drop off days in March and April got the books ready for easy browsing, packed neatly in categorized boxes. The week before the event our hearts dropped with predictions for a very rainy weekend. We feared that the bad weather would keep people home. Instead, plenty of Friends Members and dealers shopped Friday before the sale. Saturday morning began with about 60 people at the library during the very first hour, eagerly searching for treasures to take home. To us co-chairs and Library Director Pam, the sight was touching to behold. Thanks a lot also to EBSCO, NEB and the Institution for Savings for setting up book collection boxes.

The Girls Scouts and many bakers made the bake sale a huge success raising nearly $460. Becky Ewell organized the troops and bakers! Jay and John sold hot dogs and water which they graciously donated for the sale raising $110.75. St. Mary’s lent us tables again to display the books. Bobby of Saltmarsh Antiques helped us appraise antique books that have been piling up for years and helped us get a bunch more money for a few very special books: a Robert Frost signed book of poetry and a 1862/1863 Harper’s Bazaar bound collection of newspapers with stunning prints, among others. Thank you all so much.

Thank you to our Raffle Prize donors: Nearly $1,000 (retail value) of tickets/gift certificates from Water Country, Story Land, York’s Wild Kingdom, Leo’s Super Bowl, Dairy Queen and Michelle Ford were raffled off! The three winners were super excited about all the tickets to those venues. Have fun and congratulations!

Local businesses and institutions supported our advertising campaign.  Rowley’s Board of Selectmen, Principal Kneeland at the Pine Grove School, Superintendent Brian Forget of the Triton School District, Marc Maravalli of the Town Common Paper, Institution for Savings, Market Basket, Olde Town Bakery, Bittersweet Collectibles, the Agawam Diner, and Pizza Factory. Thank you!

More Than Words” headquartered in Waltham, “a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business”, picked up the hundreds of boxes of books left after the sale to resell.

Please come support us again next year. Mark your calendar now to check the Library website in March and April for donation/sort and sale dates in 2018 AND, please renew or start your membership for the Friends of the Rowley Library. You received the mailer last week. You can mail in your donation, bring your check to the Library next time you come visit or donate via Paypal.

Each and every one of us contributes to making Rowley a great community. Thank you all very, very much again!

Sieglinde Aigner-Crooks & Katerina Simonoff

Co-Chairs, Rowley Library Book Sale






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