PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Charles H. Stone Memorial Library held a multi-part fundraiser on Saturday, including a community yard sale, raffle and drawing, and used book store promotion.
Librarian Dewey Sturdivant was on-site bright and early setting up tables for the 22 spots reserved for the community yard sale. “We’ve seen, and sold, a number of antique collectibles today,” said Sturdivant, noting that children’s clothes, Wii games, and soy candles were also popular items at the sale.
“This is a great central location to sell, and we wanted to help support the library,” said Freida Love, library patron and yard sale vendor, mentioning that she hopes another community yard sale will be offered at the library.
The raffle was for a hand made, natural pine, twin size bed, donated to the library for the cause. Raising $400 for the library, the raffle was drawn at 2 p.m. and won by Stacey Hardman, of Pilot Mountain.
The Next Chapter Book Shop has been an ongoing project for library volunteers. Now with six regular volunteers working each week, the used book store has regular hours of 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. “I think this yard sale has helped people know that the book store is here,” said Doug Brannon, library volunteer, noting that Saturday brought in the highest head count he has seen yet.
“We are very grateful to the community for their support today and throughout this season,” said Head Librarian Anna Nichols, explaining that the day was but one of the many fundraisers held for the library this fall.
Groups and individuals alike have been helping to raise money. Coffee meet and greets, a pancake supper hosted by the Ruritans, and a collection of needed supplies have already taken place.
Still in the planning are the regional mystery theater production and the Mayor’s Race multi-year fundraising plan.
“Murder by Numbers” is a murder mystery production to benefit the Northwest Regional Library system, of which Charles H. Stone Library is a part. The show, including dinner, will be held at First Baptist Church in Mount Airy on Nov. 13, and tickets are available at any library branch for $20.
The Mayor’s Race is a project designed by East Surry student Santana Hull. With blessings from the town’s mayor, Dwight Atkins, Hull will become an honorary mayor with the mission of carrying out at least two fund raising projects for the library each year until she graduates. The title will then be passed along to continue the efforts. Hull’s kick off event will take place at the library on Oct. 31.
For more information about library programs or to volunteer call 336-368-2370 or visit the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library page on Facebook.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.