The Block Island Times

Bake, Book and Bloom event a success

By Gloria S. Redlich | Jun 01, 2014
Photo by: Renee Meyer

The Bake, Book and Bloom sale at the Island Free Library was a resounding success by all accounts, as Director Kristin Baumann reported at a meeting of the Library Trustees on May 27. An annual fundraiser conceived and developed by the Friends of the Library, the annual event surpassed last year in funds brought in.

A breakdown of sales indicated that last year the book sale brought in $349 and this year $606; last year’s bake sale totaled $790, whereas this year’s reached $1,338; the total for plants last year was $1,100, while this year it was $1,200, and last year’s silent auction gleaned $2,500, while this year’s earned $3,142. At the time of the trustees’ meeting, the total for the entire sale was $6,363, with some monies still being collected.

Baumann beamed as she conveyed Friends’ President Mary Sue Record’s remarks, addressed to the library staff, the Friends and the community: “You made it all happen. I can only say ‘Wow and Thank You!’” Baumann said the sale represented more than just the ability to mount a successful fundraiser. Rather, she felt, it reflected the community’s pride in the library and its commitment to support it.

Expressing gratitude to the Friends group, she noted there is “no program line in the town budget for the library. The Friends take care of programs for us.”

Reviewing programs offered at the island library, Baumann said the recent toddler program had drawn eight children; the preschool program, 18; the yoga program, 16; the homework club, six to eight and the chess club, eight. She said one day she had been overjoyed to notice “kids, adults and families spread out” on two floors of the library. There were three programs going on simultaneously: on the lower level was an Ocean View film being shown that drew sixteen adults and three children; on the same floor, a knitting program drew six people. Upstairs there were ten more playing Mahjong.

Other adult programs offered movie matinees, cribbage, family programs and a scavenger hunt.

On proposed renovation of the front entrance, Buildings and Grounds Chair John Warfel said he’d been in touch with several woodworking firms. He added, “We’ll send them pictures and measurements and a time line. Then they’ll come up with some suggestions and a proposal.”


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