In 2019 the Friends took on a new challenge: to fund the Strathcona County Library’s Welcome Baby early literacy initiative on an annual basis. To do this, we need to raise about $6,000 each year to cover the cost of the 300-400 kits given out each year to new babies born to County residents. Each kit consists of a book bag, a board book, a rhyme booklet, and information on the benefits of the Library’s early literacy program. (more…)
The August book sale, held this year on August 9th and 10th, is the biggest book sale of the year: a two-day event that is always well attended. This year was no different. Thanks to all who came and bought books, the Library took in more than $4,600! Friday was the biggest day when almost $3,300 worth of books were purchased.
Thank you to the volunteers who staffed the sale as well as the Library staff who managed the set up. Great job, everyone!
Friends Volunteers at Work, photo courtesy of Ken Glover
Our second annual Spring Barbecue Fund Raiser held at Sobey’s on Baseline Road was another great success. This year the weather was more cooperative and we were able to surpass our goal of $500.00. A big THANK YOU to all those who volunteered for this event and those of you that came out to support our endeavour. The volunteers enjoyed the camaraderie; chatting with those who stopped by about the community, the Library and the Friends; and sampling the delicious fare. All said it was a very worthwhile activity. Thank you also to Sobey’s, our sponsor, for supplying us with this wonderful opportunity to expand public awareness for the Strathcona County Library and for us, the Friends of the Strathcona County Library. Finally, a special thanks to Ron Dick who tirelessly organized the BBQ and made sure everything ran smoothly.
The “Friends of the Library” can make it easier for you to help the library! Every year we put on several events intended to raise funds for the Strathcona County Library. Traditionally, our funds have gone to purchase new books, whether traditional print books, ebook licenses, or audio books. Occasionally we have enabled the library to buy equipment. All this helps the community. (more…)
Last year’s Valentine raffle was the surprise success of the year. It sold out in days, earning $1,500 for Library programs and needs. We not only want to repeat that success; we want to do better. Instead of 300 tickets, we want to sell 1,000! Instead of $1,500, we’re aiming for $5,000!
Raffles are a significant part of the Friends fundraising activities, with up to 3 raffles a year planned. The Valentine raffle is the first for 2020. Raffles provide more opportunities for more people to contribute more to our community library. But we can’t continue to provide these opportunities without our committed members and volunteers. We don’t know how long 1,000 tickets will take to sell, so we must plan sales right up to Valentine’s Day eve.
Please help make the Valentine raffle and all our raffles a success. How?
volunteer your time to sell tickets
encourage your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to buy tickets
encourage your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to volunteer with the Friends
join a raffle planning team, when future opportunities arise
Future raffles will provide more opportunities for all our members and volunteers to work with a board member in the planning stages of each raffle. While it is true that “many hands make light work,” sometimes that is not enough. To make the work even lighter, then, the Friends has planning guidelines and resources to assist the raffle planning teams and a raffles coordinator to give additional assistance to each team.
Together we can raise more funds to support our wonderful Strathcona County Library. Let’s make the Valentine raffle 2020 as successful as last year: let’s make it a sell out!
One thousand-sixty-two gifts wrapped, 334 visitors, 340 volunteer hours and $4,172 in donations. That’s over 3 gifts on average wrapped every hour by our busy volunteers and for every visitor. Some days were busier than others of course; as Christmas came closer, the number of visitors and gifts rose. One visitor, only a couple of days before Christmas, left over 100 gifts to be individually wrapped! They were all done in time of course. Thank you to all who volunteered, to all who donated and to the Sherwood Park Mall for partnering with us to provide this service. A special thanks goes to Ron Dick who organized and coordinated the whole service, as well as wrapping many gifts. (more…)
The 2019 Christmas Gift Wrap fund raiser will take place again at the Sherwood Park Mall. We will be there Dec 6 – 8 and then again every day from Dec 13 to Christmas Eve. Gift wrapping is by donation, whatever you can afford or feel the service is worth! Look for us in middle of the mall.
Last year we brought in over $4,500 to contribute to the Strathcona County Library programs. Let’s see if we can raise $5,000 this year! Support the Library while saving yourself time.
But if you do have time and would like to contribute that way, consider volunteering to help wrap. There are shifts that will suit almost anyone. See the volunteer page here.