It's another festive Christmas Stocking Silent Auction!
Did I mention it's that time of year again? Last year at this time the Friends of the Library came up with a really unique idea for a fundraiser: a Christmas stocking silent auction featuring some very unusual stockings pre-stuffed with all manner of valuable and truly nifty gift items. It was a big hit, so of course they're doing it again this year. You can see the items they're offering in the showcase window just inside the west entry of the Library (or you can look at the picture above, but it's much more vivid in real space). The biggest-ticket item on offer this year is a stocking featuring a night on the town, courtesy of The Grand Hotel. It includes a one-night stay at the hotel, a spa treatment at Aesthetics Spa, a gift certificate from Dean's Jewelry and two certificates for Panera Bread--a total value of over $250. There's also a stocking that offers a birthday party hosted by Gigglenastics, a $200 value. Other stockings are stuffed with a diverse array of items including automotive services and supplies, books autographed by their authors, and assorted gift items from Athens Greek Restaurant, Creative Images and Susan's Boutique. It's a great time to drop by the Library, check out the stockings on display, then put in your own bids on the things that strike your fancy. Bidding is open now until the Library closes on Wednesday, Decemer 16. Winning bidders can pick up their items on December 19 and 20. The Friends will accept cash or checks in payment. Hey, it's Christmas! How much more in the Christmas spirit can you get than picking up a great bargain on a gift for a friend or family member while supporting a good cause at the same time?
It's that time of year again! The annual Friends of the Library Cookbook Silent Auction is under way. Matter of fact, it ends tomorrow, so if you want to take adavantage of some truly great deals in cookbooks of all kinds, you'd better hurry on down to the Library and put in some bids. The Friends have put out 146 top-quality titles in the culinary arts, covering everything from Beer Can Chicken to Four-Ingredient Dinners, and lots more besides. There are specialty cookbooks on pies, cakes and cooking for diabetics (talk about range!). There's a Biggest Loser cookbook, a Weight Watchers cookbook and a Fat Chance Cookbook. They're right there along with "Baking with the Cake Boss," "Italian Desserts and Pastries," and "James McNair's Pie Cookbook." Don't think you have the talent? Try "The Can't Cook Book" (100 recipes for the absolutely terrified). Want something a little over the edge? How about "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook?" Want to cook and read? There's "The Book Club Cook Book." Love to eat and just can't get enough of it? There's "Eat More of What You Love" and "Eat What You Love Every Day," both by Marlene Koch (low fat, low sugar, low calorie recipes so you can eat tons and not feel guilty). Or if you have no guilt, there's the "All Butter, Cream-Filled, Sugar Packed Baking Book." If you're going to go overboard, you might as well go all the way, right? But it all ends tomorrow at noon, so come on in now and place your bids. Bon appetit!
After several tense moments of silent pondering, Lisa puts in her bids for some choice cookbooks.
Some lines from the movies stay with me a long, long time. Case in point, from Ghostbusters (1984): "Ray Stantz: Symmetrical book stacking. Just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947. Peter Venkman: You're right, no HUMAN BEING would stack books like this." For some reason, in the depths of my memory, Venkman's words have been transmuted to "no NORMAL human being would stack books like this." Fast forward to 2016. We're not "NORMAL" human beings, so we do stack books like this. And we turn them into cool, festive characters and objects for the holiday season. So if you drop by the Library (see our map below) you can take a look at our handiwork. Yes, they're real library books, and yes, they'll go back onto the shelves as soon as we're done playing with them. Kudos to Cindy Dean, who did the Elf and Reindeer bookstacks. She says, "Our inspiration usually comes from Pinerest," which is where they found the Reindeer, but the little elf lived somewhere inside Cindy's head. His forerunner was the little Pilgrim bookstack they had up for Thanksgiving, and he was transformed into the Elf. Ian Ernsberger designed and built the Christmas tree bookstack. It took him a total of five hours over the course of three days. Not only can you enjoy simply looking at this tree, but you can also have a chance to win a gift card by guessing how many books are incorporated into it. Come on in and give it a try!
Guess the number of books in Ian Ernsberger's Christmas tree creation and you might win a gift card!
The Elf was transmuted from its predecessor, the Pilgrim. It's the product of Cindy Dean's lively imagination.
Cindy's inspiration for the Reindeer came from Pinterest. I have to admit, when I first looked at it, I had no idea what it was. Then I got it.