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September 13, 2017 Regular Features No Comments

Welcome to Summer! What a welcome sight and feel all that sunshine is after the voluminous amounts of rain we have had. We are now able to put out our sales trolley and hopefully sell some of the vast amounts of books waiting to find new homes.
This month I must again say a big thank you to all those wonderful people who have donated to our fundraising cause (children’s furniture for the new library). ‘A’ has come through again with $50 (what a wonderful girl you are!) and Rick B has donated $10. The golf balls are continuing to sell well as are the lovely children’s book bags.
Talking of book bags, Boomerang Bags are a big hit in the library and I can proudly say ‘we have no plastic bags’. We also have the Bought to support Boomerang bags for sale ($20) and they are gorgeous. I am starting up Boomerang Bags in Greytown and these will be underway soon – I will need some sewers though and somewhere to sew (all help gratefully accepted).

The Friends of Martinborough Library is gaining traction and has two events planned. The first is a Harry Potter evening for 8 to 13 year olds (helpers to plan and decorate are needed). The date is Saturday 14th October in the early evening. The Facebook page will have more details as the event is finalised.
The second event is a family sunset film with picnic and barbeque. The date is yet to be finalised but again the Facebook page will have details and it will also be widely advertised. There will be a poll on the Facebook page to choose the film to be shown. The Friends are aiming to raise $100,000 to outfit the children’s library – so far we have just over $3,000 in the fund.
Our Winter Warmers reading programme over the school holidays was successful with lots of children finishing their ten books and celebrating with prizes and chips at the finale. Thanks to Richmel for running the programme with such style and verve! Last month both Rich and Aaron went on the yearly Library Assistant’s day at National Library in Wellington and came back inspired and with lots of new ideas.
On a final note, our thanks to our lovely volunteers who brighten our days and help us with all the jobs that need to be done – Rose, Maureen, Brian and Mary.
Shirley

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