Gardeners will have plenty of choices at the seventh annual Quarryville Library benefit auction.
Owners of 15 local greenhouses will be donating plants to this year's sale, organizer Ron Althoff said last week.
"We expect to have annuals, perennials, and some shrubs and trees," he said.
"We're stressing flowers this year. We always do well with them."
Most of the works on exhibit at Quarryville Library's C.X. Carlson Gallery are watercolors.
That's artist Novelda "Bo" Ferguson's preferred medium, but it's not the only one she's used in a career that began while she was growing up in Quarryville. Some, including wood block prints, print cards, decorated trays, and a milk can, are also part of the show that includes about 100 items.
But watercolor remains her vehicle of choice.
"I do a few oils, but not many," she said. "Watercolor is what I enjoy most."
Parachute Play provides a perfect place for preschoolers to participate in a pleasurable pastime.
Parachute Play is a regularly scheduled, year round activity hosted by the Quarryville Library.
It is held every other Thursday during the school year and on Fridays in the summer when school-age kids can take part, library assistant Janee Anastasio said.
New lighting is bringing a change to the annual Go-Fore Golf fundraiser at the Quarryville Library.
The 10th annual fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, February 23, will be the first without a glow-in-the dark round of golf.
The after-dark round was dropped because the black light bulbs cannot be used in the library's new LED fixtures.
"We tried it last year with glo-sticks and that didn't work real well," said Randi Kennedy, the library's youth services coordinator.
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.
Four local authors will participate in the Quarryville Library's authors' night on Tuesday, May 1.
"It all started with Stan [White] and Mike [Roth]," said library director Sylvia Drennen of the local authors who have written three books about the history of the Southern End.
A selection of paintings and other works by local artists will be among the featured items at the 6th annual Quarryville Library benefit auction.
Three paintings by Charles X. Carlson were donated by the late Diane Gicker. Two other Carlson paintings have been donated by other area residents.
Quarryville Library patrons will be able to choose a book sight unseen this week.
The books are all wrapped in plain paper that cover the titles.
All are suitable for adults and teens. Each has a one-sentence description of the story line. There is also a bar code on each cover so the books can be checked out.
Matthew Martin had used Cubelets before he came to Quarryville Library's Tinker with Tech program last Wednesday afternoon.
"I went to the science museum and played with them and I really liked them," the seven-year-old said.
On a normal night, the Quarryville Library has only books, computers, and other media inside when the doors are locked at the end of the day.
That won't be the case on Friday, July 21. That night, stuffed animals will also be in the building, ready to play.
Build a better world will be the theme for this summer's reading program, said Randi Kennedy, the youth services coordinator for the Quarryville Library.
"We will have a city silhouette on a large sheet of paper and the kids can fill it in with the stickers they win in the program," she said. Each child who finishes the program will get a sheet of stickers.
This year, the Quarryville Library is tweaking its most productive fundraiser.
In addition to the Saturday auction, organizers will be holding a preview sale earlier in the week.
There's no place like home.
Even when it's much smaller than the original.
The house, a replica of his home place in York County, was built by the late Ernest Fauth in 1983. The Quarryville resident built it as a favor for his daughter, Wilma Fauth Jones.
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.
Organizers have been working at the Quarryville Library's annual fundraising auction, set for later this month.
Started in 2013, the auction has become the library's most productive fundraisers.
"Others are the Go Fore Golf event and the support we get from patrons, businesses, and municipalities," said board member Catherine Mundy, "but this is the biggest fundraiser."
But the parachute games held at the Quarryville Library also have a serious side.
"We're trying to teach them fine motor skills," said Randi Kennedy, the library's youth services coordinator.
The half-hour-long program for pre-school children also teaches the children to work together and to follow directions, she said.
The seventh annual Go-Fore Golf fundraiser at the Quarryville Library is shaping up to be one of the event's better years.
"We have more sponsors than last year and those sponsors have contributed more than last year," said Randi Kennedy, the library's youth services coordinator.
Although they haven't set a formal target, "our goal is to have the event go as well as it did last year," Kennedy said.
From her first visit, Cheri Crow liked the Quarryville Library.
The board supports the library staff, the atmosphere is good, and the programs are outstanding, she said.
Those are some of the reasons she decided to make the move from a large county system to director of a rural library.
"I like working with the public and this is a chance to do that," she said last week.
One devoted group of small boys manages to turn every theme into a vehicle.
"No matter what the theme, they make cars," Quarryville Library's youth services director Randi Kennedy said last Thursday night as she set up for the monthly Lego night.
Sometimes, knitting is a solitary craft.
But not on Thursday evenings.
That's when a group of knitters, experienced and novice alike, gather in the meeting room at the Quarryville Library to share their art.
The informal group began meeting eight or nine years ago, member Debby Joy said last week.
"A bunch of knitters said they needed to get together and knit. That's how it started," Joy said. "We enjoy the camaraderie."
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.
There will be some changes when the auctioneer begins the Quarryville Library's second annual benefit sale.
Instead of mixing items during the sale, like merchandise will be grouped.
"We will be doing it in hour-long blocks," said Linda Walter said. "We didn't do that last year. People want to know when things will be sold."
The selection of sale items will also change this year.
"We're having a number of bushes and small trees donated by Octoraro Native Plant Nursery," Walter said.
The plants include New Jersey Tea, native Viburnum, and blueberry bushes and small Eastern Redbud trees.
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.
A month from now, the Friends of the Quarryville Library will host their first one-day inventory reduction book sale.
"This is a new idea for us. We hope to sell more books this way and give us some room in our storage area," said Friends president Carol Biscardi.
Eventually, the group hopes to hold a one-day sale every two months.