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Holiday event to benefit Scottdale Public Library

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer
Displaying donated craft items and books for the Nov. 23 Book Worm Holiday Craft Boutique are Patricia Miller, director of the Scottdale Public Library, and Rhonda Allison, children's librarian.

The Scottdale Public Library is a wonderful oasis of knowledge that lends educational value to our community, and to keep its programs going and its doors open and operating, fundraising is necessary.

The annual Book Worm Holiday Craft Boutique will be held at the library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 and will feature a little bit of everything from literature to lunch.

“We will have lots of hand-crafted items from local people and plenty of fresh baked goods for people to stock up on for the holidays,” said Patricia Miller, library director. “The Friends of the Library will also have a lunch bar, so food will be available as well.”

The event was launched last year and proved to be a huge success for the library.

“The place was filled all day long last year,” Miller said. “It was wonderful.”

Miller said the donated handmade items are already starting to come in, as people from the community have made things such as little blankets, small quilted items, wooden items and black and gold pillows.

For those who collect American Girl items, there also will be handmade clothing for the dolls for sale as well as holiday items for home decor or for gift giving.

The library will be accepting donations up until the day of the event.

“We will take anything that is handmade, any type of crafty items,” Miller said, adding they also are accepting any baked goods anyone would like to donate to sell at the event.

Santa Claus and his elves may make an appearance and there also will be music.

Another nice feature at the event will be the selling of brand new children's books that were donated to the facility.

“There are a lot of really nice books for kids,” said Rhonda Allison, children's librarian. “There are some great holiday books too, just in time for Christmas.”

There also will be regular books available for sale.

All proceeds from the event will go to the library for operational costs and funding.

“People come and just chat and look around and enjoy the day,” Miller said. “Last year was really nice and we hope to see the same type of turn out this year. We hope to see a lot of people. There will be plenty of food, music and entertainment. It will be nice for everyone.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.