Some loyal friends are increasing their contribution to the Lawrence Public Library.
The dedicated Friends of the Lawrence Public Library have worked themselves into another job.
The annual book sales conducted by the group have been so successful that they have attracted the support not only of buyers but also of donors, who contribute used books to the cause -- so many books, in fact, that this year, the Friends are adding a second book sale to their annual schedule.
Although the group raised a record $48,000 with its sale last October, organizers say the sale "didn't even make a dent in all the books" that were available. That's good news and bad news. It means that their donors are generously bringing in many books to sell, but there isn't room to store all the books. The answer? Another sale.
This must not have been an easy decision for the Friends. It's not a snap to put on one of these sales. Books must be sorted and priced, and the sale must be staffed for three and a half days in February. All of this is done by volunteers, which must be drawn from a population that increasingly says it doesn't have time to volunteer.
But the Friends of the Library has agreed to take on the task. It will give the community a Valentine's gift of a second book sale on Feb. 11, 12, 13 and 14 and follow it up with a gift to the library, which uses the funds for whatever it needs -- books, stuffed animals, computers or furniture.
It's a great contribution of time and energy, and the Friends of the Library deserve the community's gratitude for their hard work.
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is seeking to make the event even more enjoyable for the community.
Speaking of contributions to the community...
Organizers announced plans this week for the 12th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade through downtown Lawrence. The parade is a fun annual event that also has raised considerable money for worthy local causes.
For the first time, cash prizes will be offered for the top three floats in the parade. Organizers hope the prizes will increase participation in the parade and make it more of a "community event." Although they said they were shifting their emphasis somewhat away from fund-raising, it seems likely that if the parade grows and attracts more participants and spectators, it also will produce more money for the designated charity each year.
Although the parade is a labor of love for many of the organizers, it also takes plenty of work, and volunteers should be applauded for their efforts.