Beaver library's fall auction to include Ugandan items

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The annual fall fundraiser Saturday in the Beaver Area Memorial Library will feature a twist.

For the first time, crafts made by Ugandan women will be sold.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the fundraiser will include a boutique of gently used jewelry and accessories, as well as home decorating items. A knit shop will feature socks, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, shawls and baby accessories made by members of a library knitting and crocheting club.

In the Ugandan Corner, a framed, 17-by-21-inch tapestry will be part of a silent auction benefiting the library, fundraiser organizer Barbara Monroe said.

Donated by Ben and Beryl Wright of Beaver, the tapestry depicts an Ugandan woman breastfeeding a baby outside a mud hut surrounded by other children.

Beryl Wright, 70, spends two to three weeks in Uganda each year as a member of Threads of Blessing, an international ministry that teaches women how to be self-sufficient through sewing.

Three small covered Ugandan baskets will be part of a silent auction benefiting Threads of Blessing, Monroe said. Jewelry, purses and other crafts also will be sold, with proceeds going to the charity.

“I'll be selling 40 or 50 embroideries depicting African village life,” Beryl Wright said.

Wright said money raised will help a woman in Uganda, a landlocked country in East Africa, pay for basic needs for her family.

“I'm honored and excited to be part of the fundraiser,” said Wright, who was invited to participate after showing examples of the women's work to fellow members of the Friends of the Library.

Monroe said the decision to include Wright in the fundraiser was easy.

“Not only is she helping us raise money for the library, it speaks to all we treasure and value in the empowerment of women (in Uganda),” Monroe said.

Library director Diane Wakefield was impressed with the detailed items.

“I can't imagine how many hours it must take to create (one),” Wakefield said. “I am pleased we can help the women of Uganda in a small way.”

Wright said it takes two weeks to two years for a craft to be completed.

Vicki Teets, founder of the library Knit and Crochet Club, said her group looks forward to working with Wright.

“We're hoping the Ugandan items will be a draw, which might help us sell more of ours,” Teets said.

In its fifth year, the Heart and Home fundraiser has raised more than $30,000 for the library, Monroe said.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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