Friends of Library hosts festive cookie fundraiser

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Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 12:00 am

Thirteen full trays of cookies covered the tables Saturday morning at the Friends of the Library Cookie Walk to benefit the Springfield Memorial Library.

The annual three-hour event serves as one of two large fundraisers for the library, the other being duck races in June.

“We usually call 30 to 40 families and ask for donations,” said Elizabeth Chartier, president of Friends of the Library. “We also get donations from families we didn’t call.”

Even an hour into the event, more cookies to sell were being delivered. Visitors could fill a small or large bag or a Styrofoam box for anywhere from $7 to $12, with an additional $1 fee if a container was so full that it became difficult to shut.

The money raised will go toward supporting library programs, such as Overdrive, the state’s downloadable ebook and audiobook program, and the annual summer reading program. It will also cover materials, such as the Golden Sower books, and help replace computers.

The library also had a “wishing tree” outside the cookie walk, with star-shaped dangling tags announcing various items the library needs to purchase. Patrons were invited to take a tag and buy a gift for the library.

“The tree has items the library needs that are a relatively small cost, such as postage stamps, paper towels or disposable cups,” Chartier said. “If we can get these things as donations, it helps reduce the cost to the library so that the library can use its funds to buy more books.”

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