Rendition of new library

Rendition of new library
The New Point Roberts Library Out of the Old Julius Firehall

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Getting Ready

It's been a quiet January for most people, I think, as we all recover from December.  But by now, we at the fundraising committee are getting into gear.  Today or yesterday, everyone with a street mailbox in Point Roberts should have received our "End-of-the Year" report on the status of the new library.  It has been a good year past with wonderful support from residents and visitors of all kinds as well as a number of local businesses.  And now we need to generate a new wonderful year of the same.

The costs of this mailing were provided by a grant from the Whatcom Library Foundation as a way to ensure that we could reach out to everyone in Point Roberts as fully as possible.  We hope that everyone will read it and, if they have not previously donated, will seriously consider doing so this year.  In February, we will be reaching out particularly to the members of the FOPRL about donating because we need to be able to assure foundations and other grant-issuing agencies that we have a 100% support level not only from the fund-raising group itself (which we do have), but also from you who are our primary support group (a support level which we currently do not have).

In March, there will be a Second (maybe Annual?) Fiber Arts Festival on Saturday, March 16.  There will be a quilt exhibit, fiber arts demonstrations and workshops, a multiple quilt raffle, and perhaps a silent auction, as well as various vendors of various fibers.  As all the plans are finalized, we will communicate them to you, of course.  Barb Wayland, the President of FOPRL is in charge of organizing this event so if you would like to participate in the work end of the festival, do get in touch with her: we will need all the help we can get.  The Festival will benefit the library building fund.  Just heard today that, weather permitting, it will include goat shearing (as a spectator sport).

Then, a week later, on March 23, there will be a Romance Writers Workshop at the Community Center.  Jean Barrington is organizing this and we'll have more details from her after she gets back from vacation.

We all hope that your new year has begun well (although a little grey and cold, I know), and that 2013 will be a big year for you and for the library in all its manifestations.

--Judy Ross, for the Friends of the Point Roberts Library fundraising group

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