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The Friends of the Shelby Area District Library is organized for the development of the Library; to bring together people interested in books; to promote and publicize the interest, usefulness, and resources of the Shelby Area District Library facilities through publications, programs, exhibits, and other means; and to raise funds to provide for the purchase of materials for the Library.

Meetings are held quarterly in January, April, July, and October.  New members and new fundraising ideas are always welcome!


The Friends of S.A.D.L. are busy this week preparing for Celebration of the Trees and our Holiday Bazaar Sale, Nov. 30 – Dec. 3. We are making ornaments, decorating the   library, sorting and pricing donated items for the Bazaar, baking cookies, trimming trees and placing them in stands, stringing electric cords and lights, contacting musicians to play and sing on Sunday, Dec. 3 when our Big Event wraps up with the reading of the final silent auction bids at 3:00 pm. It’s a flurry of fun with so many volunteers coming together to transform our Shelby Library for this very special holiday event!

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 3 the library will be open for you to view and bid on more than 40 displays. Our Holiday Bazaar will run        concurrently with the sale of new and gently used ornaments, holiday décor, artificial trees, wreaths, and other Christmas items.  Stop in for cookies and punch on Saturday and Sunday. Special hours on Sunday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, will feature live holiday music and a last opportunity to place bids on your favorite trees, wreaths, table top displays, and more.

This fundraiser would not be possible without the work of many wonderful volunteers. Susan Spoors has assembled a team of dedicated workers to sort, price, and cashier for the Holiday Bazaar. Mary Ann Carey and Emilee Best have worked their magic to decorate and assist with the staging of our Celebration of the Trees. Diana Clark’s team of hosts will be      greeting you on Saturday and Sunday and encouraging you to bid! Tiffany Haight and her library staff have pitched in to help behind the scenes. Barb Hopper procured our        musicians. Wreaths and trees were supplied by Smith’s Evergreens, Many Blessings    Market, Pine Ridge Acres Tree Farm, and Melissa and Terry Dykstra’s Trees. Those beautiful trees were transported to the library by Ed Parsekian and then trimmed and placed in stands by Rick Isley and Ross Field. There are dozens of volunteers assisting me as Chair of this event, so numerous that we will thank them in the January newsletter!

Please join us Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 for our 23rd Celebration of the Trees!

Be sure and pick up our new FRIENDS OF S.A.D.L. brochure, hot off the press this week. Thanks Tiffany Haight for all of your hard work to complete this project.

And finally, mark your calendar to join us after the holidays for the January 4, 5:00 pm meeting of the Friends of S.A.D.L. Any Friends interested in running for secretary,      treasurer, president, or a Board position should submit your name to me on or before the Jan.  meeting for the April election.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Cindy McKinnon

President, FRIENDS OF S.A.D.L.


Popular Friends of the Library fundraisers include:

Little Chair-ity Auction

Garden/Plant Sale

Book Sale (August)

Celebration of the Trees Auction (December)