One of the Friends of the Quarryville Library's most successful fundraisers is moving more upscale this year.
After offering small gifts along with hundreds of dozens of cookies and other baked goods at the holiday season bake sale, the group is adding more upscale presents to this year's event.
"We're going to offer vintage and specialty gifts," group member Deb Waite said.
Once a month, members of a library support group hold a two-day book sale to raise money.
When the sale is over, volunteers sort the remaining books, giving some away and saving others for future sales.
The unneeded books are donated to several nonprofits, including one that sends books to military personnel serving overseas.
The Friends of the Quarryville Library plan to hold their next three-day book sale in October.
Those plans are very tentative, said the group's president, Carol Biscardi.
The quarterly three-day sales may become a thing of the past before fall, she said.
That doesn't mean the group will stop holding sales. They will hold more frequent smaller sales rather than scheduling them every three months, Biscardi said.
"The whole point is to get books in children's hands."
That's how organizer Becky McClure describes this month's sale of children's books at the Quarryville Library,
McClure and Barbara Walker, both retired Solanco teachers, are coordinating the sale for the Friends of the Quarryville Library.
"One of the sale's goals is to get kids' books out where they can see them for the summer reading program," said Friends president Carol Biscardi.
The Friends of the Quarryville Library hope this will be their last big book sale.
They're not giving up on the sales; they just want to spread the program out.
Ever since the current library opened more than a decade ago, the group has been holding two sales a year. Last year they added a third sale in an effort to keep books from piling up in their basement storage area.
The Friends of the Quarryville Library have been trying different ways to sell donated books.
They've offered them at their lobby bookstore, on the internet, by silent auctions in the library's showcases, and, most recently, in a one-day sale.
But twice a year they return to their original fundraiser, a four-day sale.
Those sales bring in about half of the group's annual budget.
"We're committed to giving $28,000 a year to the library," group member Donna Trimble said. "$18,000 of that goes toward operating expenses and $10,000 to purchase more items for the library's collection.
The Friends of the Quarryville Library have added a new item to their traditional holiday bake sale.
Joining the home-baked cookies, wrapped chocolate cookie mugs, and poinsettias will be the group's first calendar.
The calendar has a recipe for each month, group president Carolyn Biscardi said last week.
Members of the group contributed the recipes, all for home-made cookies, Biscardi said.
Songs by Diana Ross.
Autobiographies from Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Burns.
Vinyl records and eight-track tapes, perfect for the player mounted under the dash of a vintage Edsel.
There's even a coffee table book about the Kennedy years that carries President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's signature.
These are just some of the items the Friends of the Quarryville Library will be selling at their annual fall sale.