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Books, Bites, and Burgundy 2013

Imagine you’re holding a plate filled with tasty, locally-sourced bits of yummyness in a room filled with interesting, friendly people.  In your hand is a glass of wine, if you indulge in such things.  There’s live music in the background, a luscious silent auction to drool over, you just bought some raffle tickets, and you could win a door prize any minute.  And all of this is happening in a library!

One of the most enjoyable events in Skagit county, benefiting one of the greatest causes, in the loveliest library you’re likely to see, the fourth annual “Books, Bites, and Burgundy” is scheduled for Saturday, September 14.  The festivities run from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., and proceeds support library programs and resources.  Tickets are $30 per person, and may be purchased at the library or at Stowe’s Shoes and Clothing in Burlington.  Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, call 360-755-0760, or visit www.burlington.lib.wa.us.

Come join us at a party with a purpose!

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Books, Bites and Burgundy rides again

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Early warning!

Mark your calendars now, and plan to attend the fourth annual Burlington Library Foundation fundraiser.

Here’s the scoop:
Saturday, April 28
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Must be 21+ to attend
$25.00 per person

If you’ve attended in the past, you already know it’s a fun evening where you’ll enjoy locally-sourced refreshments and wine, along with opportunities to support the Library Foundation via raffles, silent auctions, and other fun giving options. They’ll also be a jazz band to keep the evening lively.

Watch this blog, and the library website, for more information as our event planning progresses. Tickets will be available beginning March 1 at the library, at Stowe’s, or from Foundation members.

Hope to see you there,
Janice

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Holiday shopping

 Join us this coming Saturday, December 3, for a one-day-only book sale.

We’ve been saving up gift-quality book donations, and this special sale is just in time for your holiday shopping.

The prices are right (most books will be just $1.00 or less), and your donation to the Friends of the Library helps support library programs and special collections.

Shop local @ your library. That’s a win-win opportunity!

~Janice

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And the winner is…

The Burlington Public Library Foundation met last night.  That’s a group of wonderful folk who look out for the library’s long-term future—for instance, by putting on our annual fundraiser, Books, Bites, and Burgundy.

 On their agenda last night was a serious matter: the bestowal of their Volunteer of the Year Award.  After extended deliberation, they made the award to Janice Burwash, a Senior Associate here at the library.  Helping the Foundation coordinate the fundraiser is part of Janice’s job—but her involvement with the event went far beyond those responsibilities.

 “There wasn’t a detail of that event that didn’t pass by Janice’s scrutiny,” recalls Library DirectorMaggie Buckholz.  “The style and elegance everyone remarked on was really a reflection of Janice’s caring and passion.” 

 One important contribution Janice accomplished on her own time—besides personally donating several raffle prizes and soliciting several more—was to recruit other experienced volunteers to help prepare and staff the event. 

 Even more amazingly, under the pressure of so many details and being everyone’s go-to person with questions and issues, Janice kept her smile and unruffled personality to support the entire Foundation and the library Director and staff.  She truly went above and beyond the pale to make the event a success.  She won the award — but the library is the real winner here.

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Meet the Bookmeister, Don Cook

I don’t really know how much Don reads, but it’s certain his free time is all about books. Don is a member of the Friends of the Library, and he is a driving force behind our book sales.  Once Don commits to doing something, he brings considerable energy and experience to the job; he has become quite a used-book entrepreneur on our behalf.

 Keep in mind that the money the Friends raise funds every one of our programs, for children, teens, and adults.  It’s what makes us able to offer our events at no charge to participants (it’s because the Friends, with their labor, have already paid!).

 Don manages the steady flow of donations into our library, sorting and storing them for both Book Ends (the permanent sale in our lobby) and the bi-annual book sales (one of which is this weekend: Friday, September 16: 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, September 17: 10 a.m. until 3 p.m).  You’d think that would be plenty – it’s a demanding year-round job.  But no…

 Then he’s proceeded to build a county-wide network with used book stores and other library groups, even riding the ferry out to Orcas Island to pick up their sale leftovers (Orcas readers have really good taste) to include in ours.  He buys furniture for Book Ends and works on his display skills.  He knows what frequent patrons are looking for and brings treasures to their attention.  He brings heartfelt warmth and welcome to patrons as he works in the lobby.  He’s worked out a way to pass on the books that don’t sell here – for a profit!  And to all appearances, he relishes every minute.

 And oh, did I mention he’s our de facto handyman?  Something breaks: ask Don to fix it.  Need a stage?  Ask Don to build it.  Need helping moving something heavy:  “Oh, Don?”

 Such are the people with whom we are blessed.  Happy to provide service, anxious to do the best job possible.  Don, and all the others like him, are one reason this area is such a great place to live (and work).   “Thank you” seems awfully inadequate recompense.
                    –Mary Beth

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Attn: Bargain Hunters

If you like shopping for book bargains at the Friends of the Library’s ongoing book sale out in the library lobby, check out their fall book sale this coming weekend.

Friday, September 16: 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 17: 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Most items will be priced at $1 or less. So stock up for winter reading and support the Friends of the Library at the same time.

~Janice

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Excuse me while I whine

The other day, I was reviewing the publications that tell us what books are coming out, so we can plan how to spend our too-sparse budget. And I saw that this fall, a new Michael Crichton book is coming out. “What? He’s dead!” I thought. Turns out he had finished a third of this final book, and a co-author completed the book for publication. The idea that popular authors can keep the books coming even from the grave was, well, chilling. (A bit irreverant, but chilling. Sorry.)

The reason it’s chilling is because of my personal frustration. As the person who selects new adult fiction, I face a special challenge when popular authors write books in several different series (think James Patterson and Alexander McCall Smith) and seem to have a new book out every couple of months. Yikes!! They are “must buy” authors. How do I keep up with these series, and still have money left for books by exciting new authors, as well as other great books that add variety and depth to the collection?

Sometime I wish James Patterson would take a BREAK.

With a heavy sigh, Janice

P.S. What’s that, you say? How can you help? Funny you should ask! Click here to read about how you can help us match our need for new books with our budget for new books.

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The Wishing Tree

We all have wishes (at least I hope you do).

The library certainly does: our wish list is very long.  But at the top of it, always, is more money for books.

Now there’s a way you can grant our wish and honor your own at the same time: the wishing tree.

It’s by the DVDs: take a look next time you’re in, and help us make it blossom.

Make a donation in the name of your favorite wish, or to acknowledge your child’s graduation, or any other special occasion.  You’ll feel great and you’ll be supporting your whole community for years to come!   If you like, you can also have one of our acknowledgment cards, to send to the person whom you’ve so honored.

It’s spring:  please help our library bloom!
                                   –Mary Beth

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There’s a bustle in the air…

We’re winding up to Saturday night, folks, in the countdown mode now.  The evening of the 21st is the Foundation fundraiser, Books, Bite, and Burgundy.  This is the third year of the event, and promises to be the best yet (of course).

The library is starting to fill up with gift baskets of all kinds of tempting shapes and content.  There will be 50 baskets!  They’ll go in the Silent Auction.   In the staff area, supplies are starting to pile up — everything from special plates that have an indentation to hold your wine glass, to boxes of  crackers and other goodies starting to come in.  Foundation members are starting to dart in and out with news, questions, and supplies.   Maggie was cleaning the refrigerator this morning! 

So everyone is bustling about in preparation.  Now what we need are people to attend the gala!  Saturday, the library gets transformed into an elegant setting.  At 6:30 the doors open, and it becomes filled with life and laughter and all kinds of fun ways to support the library.   Which is, after all, the point.  And a wonderful point it is.

Please come, and get the word out to your friends.  Tickets are $25 at the door; you must be 21 or older to attend.

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