The Friends of the Library and the Alton Garden Club will be sharing the Gilman Library lawn, once again, for both a Friends Book sale and a Garden Club Plant Sale. We have said before how appreciative we are of our Library Friends. Many of our Library Friends members are also in the Garden Club. We are so thankful for the hardworking members of the Alton Garden Club, who invest their time and efforts, sometimes involving blood, sweat, and tears, in decorating our landscape with beautiful flowers and gardens. Our courtyard entrance and our lawn garden are restful places to sit and read on a balmy day. Please plan to take advantage of all that the Town Wide Yard Sale offers and do not forget to stop at the library and choose from the wares of these two volunteer groups. The Library will be open during regular hours, from 9 AM to 1 PM, on that day.
This lovely sturdy, reusable box filled with Valentine goodies, wrapped in netting and tied with a satin burgundy ribbon contains:
a Be My Valentine Heart Balloon a large box of Valonia assorted chocolates
French champagne and 2 wine glasses
Bath and Beauty supplies, including, hand lotion, body lotion, face mask, bath salts and soaps
a $50 gift certificate to Bella Winni Salon, located at 166 Wolfeboro Hwy (Rte 28N) Alton
a $50 Happy Gift Card, redeemable at select stores, or online
1 for $1
4 for $3
7 for $5
15 for $10
Proceeds go to support the endeavors of the Friends of the Gilman Library
Drawing will take place at 9:30 AM on Saturday, February 12, 2022.
Four lucky winners were chosen from 584 total tickets, to be the recipients of the Friends of the Gilman Library Basket Raffle on Thursday, December 2nd. The Friends Corner was sparkling and twinkling with Holiday lights and seasonal crafts and décor sale items. Patrons, Staff, and Friends members gathered for the drawing.
Library patron, Doug Rooney, shook the box of tickets for each drawing. Teen Volunteer, JiWoo Hwang drew and announced the names. Cheers and applause were offered to the winners, by the disappointed losers, though none of the winners were present for the drawing. The successful event raised $522 and may prove to become an annual event.
Basket #One, Left
Bob Blackstock, winner of the Aromatherapy Basket, containing candles, incense, infusers, and more.
Basket #Two, Center
Vicki Graffum, winner of the Wine and Cheese Basket, containing glasses, red and white wines, Hannaford gift card, crackers, and more.
Basket #Three, Not Pictured
Sharon Kunz, Winner of the International Gourmet Chocolate Basket, containing European, English, Italian, and Belgian chocolate.
Basket #Four, Right
Donna LeSage, winner of the Child's Storytime Chair, containing blanket, books, coloring fun, and more.
At the end of the meeting, the Friends presented Holly Brown with a delicious candy-filled, white chocolate sleigh and card expressing their appreciation in acknowledgment of her twenty-five years of public service as the Gilman Library Director.
We hope you will consider renewing your membership and encourage your friends to do so. Just stop by the library to renew and get a membership card. Members are eligible for special discount days during the year. Our “Friends Corner” has an extensive collection of books and DVDs as well as handcrafted seasonal decorative items for sale.
Right now we are having our major Fall fundraiser. Four beautiful gift baskets are being raffled. The raffle will continue until the end of November. New and renewing members will get a free raffle ticket.
Friends’ activities are posted on the Gilman Library website and the Gilman Library Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as four Alton Community Facebook pages and The Baysider.
We meet on the first Thursday of the month. If meetings are not your thing, may we contact you to help out with future activities? We are planning a Valentines’ Bake sale in February and our annual Book Sale in June. More ideas and helping hands are always welcome.
Next meeting: November 4, 2021 3:15 at the Friends Corner of the Gilman Library.
Friends of the Gilman Library
The Purpose of the Friends of the Gilman Library shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in good library service and in books: to increase the facilities and services of the Gilman Library, and thus to increase the cultural opportunities available in Alton. The activities of the association:
Come into the Gilman Library and visit the Friends Corner!
The Friends of the Gilman Library will sell books, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles, and seasonal items.
The "store" will always be open during library hours.
Please pick up a brochure at the library's front desk to learn more about our organization. Consider joining the Friends of the Gilman Library.
We encourage everyone to consider joining the Friends of the Gilman Library. Throughout the years, the Friends of Gilman Library have sponsored numerous fundraisers and programs to benefit the library. Founded in 1980, the Friends have proven to be a real asset to the library. Being part of this wonderful group is a great way to be together with old friends, meet new people, support the library, and give back to the community. If interested, please visit the circulation desk, give us a call, or send us a quick email. Please consider joining us as we make new friends. Feel free to encourage your friends to take part in this wonderful opportunity that is sure to benefit everyone involved.