The people of the Surface Creek Valley can thank a number of individuals and organizations each time they experience Cedaredge's public library as a hub of social and community life.
First, they can thank the taxpayers who provide almost all of the funding that makes the library possible. They can thank the always friendly and knowledgeable library staff. They can thank the individuals who volunteer their own time to serve on the district library board. They can also thank the library foundation that maintains the building.
And there is one more "thank you" to remember. It would go to the Friends of the Cedaredge Library, an all-volunteer group dedicated to raising money that supports, sustains, and continually improves the collections, events and other services that are available at the Cedaredge Public Library.
The Friends of the Cedaredge Public Library conducted one of their two big book sales of the year last Saturday, April 16, at the Stolte Shed in Pioneer Town. The event raised part of the more than $3,000 the Friends raise annually to use for buying new books for the library's collections.
The other big book sale is the giant Apple-
Fest Book Sale which provides uncounted volumes to local book buyers in over two dozen different categories.
In addition to staffing and staging last week's spring book sale event, the Friends and their helpers physically hauled a ton of books into the Stolte and arranged them by category on convenient browsing tables for their many customers to peruse. Then after the event, they reboxed the books that were left over and physically hauled them back into storage for the next fundraising sale.
The community gets its money's worth from this group of hard working volunteers. District library board member Nancy Hovde told the DCI that the Friends provide an important supplement to the library district's annual budget.
In addition to the Friends members volunteering for the day, there was help from friends of the Friends including husbands and members of the ASTRA high school community service organization sponsored by Altrusa International.
Those helping with the event were Lynette and Floyd Reed, Jude and Marvin Kieca, Roberta Marean, district board member Hovde and ASTRA members Sarah Tullis and Hannah Gilmore.