Youth Services Librarian Kristin Church displays paper ornaments that will adorn the Blair Memorial Library’s giving tree starting Nov. 3 and continuing through the end of the year. The Friends of the Blair Memorial Library also will host its annual fall book sale Nov. 3-10.

Youth Services Librarian Kristin Church displays paper ornaments that will adorn the Blair Memorial Library’s giving tree starting Nov. 3 and continuing through the end of the year. The Friends of the Blair Memorial Library also will host its annual fall book sale Nov. 3-10.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik


Clawson library to host giving tree campaign, fall book sale

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 30, 2018

CLAWSON — On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Blair Memorial Library will launch its inaugural giving tree campaign and annual fall book sale.

The giving tree campaign will last through the end of the year, and the fall book sale will run through Saturday, Nov. 10.

The Friends of the Blair Memorial Library opted to bring a giving tree to the library to give residents the opportunity to spread holiday cheer and help finance items for the library’s collection.

Brightly-colored star ornaments with the description and price of needed items for the library will adorn a little white tree, which will be set up on a table near the library meeting room and will be visible from the main entrance.

“It was just an idea we had in one of our Friends group meetings,” said Lisa Ball, president of the Friends. “We were talking about other ways we could fundraise for the library.”

Most of the library’s purchases, such as new technology, computers and programming is funded through the efforts of the Friends, Ball said.

“This is the first year the Friends are going to do it, and we are very excited about it,” library Director Jenni Gannod said. “(Items we would like to purchase include) large-print books, regular books, children’s books, puzzles, and other things of that nature that would enhance our collection.”

Ball said residents interested in participating in the giving tree campaign should take a tag that interests them, write a check for the amount listed, and turn it in to the front counter for library staff to purchase.

While the library hosts a smaller book sale in the summer, Ball said the fall book sale is the largest fundraiser that the Friends hold for the library.

“Most things, I think, are under a dollar,” Ball said. “It’s the place to go for a bargain. I don’t think you could get it any cheaper anywhere else. We encourage everybody to come and stock up.”

Gannod said the sale will include hardcover and paperback books, CDs, DVDs and more.

“On our last Saturday, we will have a bag sale, where people can purchase a library bag for $5 and fill it as much as they can, or they can purchase a regular bag for $2 and fill it,” she said. “We’re very excited. There’s lots of good things going on in the library for the fall.”

The Blair Memorial Library is located at 416 N. Main St., north of West 14 Mile Road.

For more information, call (248) 588-5500 or visit www.clawson.lib.mi.us.