By Amy C. Witt
exeter – If you are a book worm or book lover, there is an opportunity for you! The Exeter Friends of Library is hosting its annual Memorial Day Book Faire. Not only, are books available in all genres, you choose the donation amount, and lets not forget, that all purchases benefit and support the local community and library.
For the second year, the fun-filled family book festival will begin on Saturday, May 27 at 9 a.m. at the Exeter Library Patio at the City Park. Paperbacks and hardcover’s won’t be the only thing sold. CD’s, DVD’s, magazines and reference books like gardening and medical will also be among the inventory. Join in on the festivities which include baked goods, popcorn, face painting, balloon artists and more. Stitchin’ Chicks, a local crotchet and knitting group will be selling their handmade goods with all proceeds donated back into the event. Exeter Hobbie will be supplying demo cars for added excitement.
And, don’t forget to buy your tickets for the basket raffle. The basket raffle will include 20 themed baskets filled with various items donated by local businesses and individuals ranging from a kids basket to gardening supplies, the “Sun-Gazette” subscription and books added to every basket.
“Folks have been generous over the years and they all support the Exeter Library. All proceeds that are raised are given directly back to the library,” said Sandra Marlow, president of Exeter Friends of the Library. Last year, also the first year of the book faire, several hundred members of the community browsed through hundreds of titles of books with over $700 raised. Funds raised from past sales and events have helped with this year’s Tulare County Library Branches summer reading program. This year, the group paid for Reptile Ron to visit Exeter during the program.
Friends of the Library is now in the beginning of its fourth year, having begun this journey in the summer of 2014, after the Exeter Branch had been without a Friends group for a year or more. The group is growing each and every year with the help and support of Veronica Casanova, our librarian and her library staff. The Exeter Library reopened on March 1, 2017, after a five-month closure due to flooding. For more info, visit www.exeterfriends.weebly.com or call 592-5361.