Holiday Bazaar bake sale will benefit library — can you help?

PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

One of the earliest and most popular Christmas events in our community is the Holiday Bazaar, which this year will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

For the second year in a row, Liz Schnell and her committee of dedicated ladies will organize and host the bake sale in the front lobby, with all proceeds going to your library.

How can you help?

Liz is asking for baked goods to sell — especially cakes, small packages of cookies, bars, cinnamon rolls, Rice Krispie treats, as well as banana, zucchini and pumpkin breads, because they are the most popular.

“The more we have, the more we can sell,” Liz said. “The more we sell, the more money goes to the library.”

Liz pointed out that all the baked goods were sold out more than an hour before the bazaar closed last year. She is hoping to have more to sell this year. Last year’s bake sale made $1,030 for the library. That’s a record — and Liz hopes to raise even more this year.

If you can help, please do some baking and wrap your goodies in clear wrap or plastic bags (not aluminum foil) so they are easily visible.

You can take your contribution to the Ross Aragon Community Center between 4-5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, or early Saturday morning.

For more information, contact Liz at 264-5735.

If you are not a baker, you still can help — by purchasing these baked goods at the bazaar. We hope to see you there.

Good news for book buyers

Despite competition from Amazon and chain bookstores, the number of mom-and-pop bookshops is on the rise.

The American Booksellers Association says its membership rolls have gone up every year for the past four years, from 1,401 in 2009 to 1,632 this year.

Lifelong Learning 

Tonight (Thursday, Oct. 24) marks the latest event in the library’s free six-week fall Lifelong Leaning lecture series, when archeologist Dr. Wendy Sutton will update you on the latest news from Chimney Rock, last year made a National Monument. All Lifelong Learning lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

Tweens gaming

A free gaming fun session for tweens takes place from 2–3:15 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 25) for fourth-sixth graders.

Teen programs

Anime/Manga takes place Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues. A more formal session on Internet Basics takes place tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 25) from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and a session on the 3M/One Click e-book downloading system takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 30. This class requires registration.

Spanish class

The last of a six-week, free Spanish class takes place Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 4:30–5:30 p.m. It is for all ages and is taught by Roberta Strickland. The book used in class costs $8 and can be purchased at the library.

Large print

We have four new large print westerns: “City of Rocks” by Michael Zimmer, “War Comes to the Big Bend” by Zane Grey, “Wide Open” by Larry Bjornson and “Strike of the Mountain Man” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone. “Larkspur Road” by Jill Gregory is a romance in the Lonesome Way series. “Read and Buried” by Erika Chase is the latest in the Ashton Corners Book Club mystery series. “Unseen” by Karen Slaughter is a thriller featuring an undercover agent. “Nowhere Safe” by Nancy Bush is a romantic suspense story.


“W is for Wasted” by Sue Grafton is the latest in the mystery series featuring Kinsey Millhone. “How the Light Gets In” by Louise Penny is the latest in the Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series. “Styxx” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in the Dark-Hunter fantasy series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Beloved Enemy” by Eric Van Lustbader is a thriller set in Washington, D.C. “The Bones of Paris” by Laurie R. King is a suspense story set in Paris during the Jazz Age. “Deadline” by Sandra Brown is a thriller about a journalist pursuing two domestic terrorists. “Deadly Heat” by Richard Castle is the latest in the Heat thriller series. “Dexter’s Final Cut” by Jeff Lindsay is the latest in the Dexter mystery series.

Other new fiction

“Songs Willow Frost” by Jamie Ford is set in Depression-era Seattle.

“The Miner’s Lady” by Tracie Peterson is the latest in the Land of Shining Waters Christian books series.

“Dark Lycan” by Christine Feehan is the 24th book in the Dark Carpathian series.


“The Liberty Amendments” by Mark R. Levin turns to the Founding Fathers and the constitution for gyudance in restoring the American republic.

“The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” by Amanda Ripley looks at the world’s education superpowers through the eyes of young Americans studying in Finland, South Korea and Poland. ’“Under Fire” by Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz is an inside account of the attack in Benghazi.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Mark Hauger, Medora Bass, Tom  Thorpe, Doug Purcell, Marie Layton, Terri Beecher, Codie Wilson, Dick Robbins, Dan Kubelka and many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“People can live longer without food than without information.” — Arthur C. Clark (1917-2008), British science writer, TV host and inventor.


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This story was posted on October 24, 2013.