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Library tea raises funds for programs

Staff reports

Saturday is the day to learn more about and possibly becoming a member of the Friends of the Douglas County Library.

This group provides many of the extras for youthful library patrons.

“They’ve done so much,” Children’s Librarian Carol Slavik said. “They support our reading program prizes and prize books both summer and winter. They sponsor professional storytellers such as Quijote and Nancy Raven, who does the music programs.”

The Friends will hold its Membership Tea with a Valentine’s Day theme 3 to 5 p.m. at the library in Minden.

“In the past they bought a set of Reading Rainbows videos – it was May and we had run out of money and they bought us a whole bunch,” Slavik said of the organization. “They do a lot for us.”

The kids’ computer the group purchased provides a number of services to youngsters, from the World Book Encyclopedia to Microsoft Bookshelf’s dictionary and thesaurus.

Kids can play the Nevada Facts game and learn about their state and use the Reader’s Guide for Young People, a magazine index for children’s magazines.

Students who need to write papers can access the Electric Library and read up-to-date information from books and magazines on a wide variety of subjects.

“The computer has been a really big thing for us,” Slavik said.

That isn’t all. Among the programs supported in the past are the Tea with Tango party last year, Night of 1,000 Stars celebrity book reading, Carson Valley Days parade float, children’s book exchange, Jan Hart’s presentation on Russia, a historical presentation by Nevada State Archivist Guy Rocha, library bookmarks for patrons (which lists the library’s hours) and Christmas photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

According to 1997 president of the organization, Margaret Patterson, the Friends group supports many programs and services at the library that are not funded by the regular budget, and that budget is in danger due to room tax cuts ahead.

Patterson will provide several of the pieces in her antique tea service collection for Saturday’s event, including fine porcelain teapots and handpainted tea cups. She has offered the use of her china for the past several membership tea parties.

The Friends hope to make many new friends through the tea party. The more members there are, the more funds can be donated to the library for all kinds of programs, says Slavik.

“We depend upon them for all the little extras,” she said.

Fees for memberships are $15 for individuals, $20 family, $50 sponsor or business, $250 life and $5 for senior (over 60) or student. New members may sign up Saturday.

For more information about the Friends or tea party, call the library at 782-9841.

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