Silent Auction for Mississippi Mills Libraries - theHumm October 2021
Silent Auction for Mississippi Mills Libraries - theHumm October 2021
By Pam Harris
Established in January 2020, the Friends of the Mississippi Mills Public Library (FMMPL) is a volunteer fundraising group that works to support and promote the services of the Mississippi Mills Public Library. We are an independent, arms-length body collaborating with and supporting the library through all its initiatives, creating a strong library community in Mississippi Mills.
We were just getting underway when Covid hit, throwing a monkey wrench into our early fundraising plans and kiboshing our event planning. We rallied, and in the summer of 2020 we hosted a sale table outside the Almonte Branch selling face masks, book bags, and, through a partnership with the Naismith Men’s Shed, a variety of handcrafted wooden products, many of which are on display in our Friendshop located inside the Almonte branch.
One of our volunteers, Gail, is also a seamstress, and if you have ever bought a book bag, face mask or arm rest, then you know who I am talking about! Gail has been sewing all her life. She began sewing at the age of seven on a German toy sewing machine — a Little Princess — and she still has it! Now Gail sews on a machine that is nearly a century old. It came from an old coat factory in Montreal and is still going strong — Gail has been using this workhorse for more than thirty years!
Gail says she just loves everything about fabric — the look of it, its feel, the beautiful designs — plus she loves buying fabric. Sometimes Gail sews from patterns or kits but often she follows her instincts in making a creation her own. One funny sewing quirk is that Gail often starts in the middle of a piece, figuring out its centre then working outwards until she gets an end result that she likes. Gail donates both her time and her materials in making items for the Friends of the Library. She has sold over 125 book bags for children and adults. She has also made fantastic arm rests for reading — great for resting a book on your lap while reading. Gail is a true Friend of the Library.
October is Canadian Library Month, which is a month-long celebration of libraries intended to raise awareness and celebrate the valuable role they play in our lives. In Mississippi Mills, we will be hosting a Silent Auction of items donated by individuals and our wonderful local businesses — they will be on display in the Almonte Branch throughout the month during library hours. Bidding will be online — watch the MM Public Library Facebook Group for updates on how to access it. We will notify you if you are the successful bidder, and prizes can be picked up and paid for on Monday, November 1 at the Almonte Branch.
One of our leading bid items is a quilt crafted by Gail! It’s a spectacularly beautiful seasonal quilt made from a quilting kit from Textile Traditions. You’ll have to stop by and see it in person… and of course make a bid on it. Gail has also designed and crafted two knitting or project bags in wonderful fabric — one with bicycles and the other with the tree of wisdom. Loaded with pockets and lots of space, you’ll be sure to fit all your projects and accessories in these bags, pack a picnic or use it for an overnight bag — the possibilities are endless, just like in libraries!
Libraries are more than just books. They support freedom of expression, promote community engagement, provide educational programming for all ages, and promote cultural awareness and engagement. Please stop by to see all the goodies our community has donated to the Silent Auction; the support for our library has been overwhelming. All proceeds from the auction go directly to the library to benefit its many initiatives.
There are other ways to support the Friends of the Mississippi Mills Public Library. If you would like to make a financial donation, please contact us at email@example.com . Please make cheques payable to the Friends of the Mississippi Mills Public Library. Cash donations can be made at either the Almonte Branch or the Pakenham Branch of the library. Any donation of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt. And please visit the Friendshop — a little retail corner in the Almonte Branch. Or join the MM Public Library Facebook Group! Anyone is welcome to join FMMPL through an annual membership of $10/person or $25/corporate membership. FMMPL is always looking for new enthusiastic friends to help support our fundraising efforts. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join today.
By Sally Hansen
Art… and Soul
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More Music at MERA! - theHumm October 2021
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Sep 1 - Oct 30 Transition: Ginny Fobert, Judi Miller, Dayle VanAlstine
Oct 26 Bon Evans & Dave Bull
Oct 28 Al Lerman
Oct 29 Matt Dickson
Oct 30 Chris Murphy
Nov 2 Eric Uren
Nov 4 - 18 Jazz Night w/Spencer Evans
Nov 6 - 7 Itty Bitty Arts & Crafts Show
Nov 6 John Wilberforce
- Keith Busher — Art Advocate & Provocateur, Gallery Owner and Curator
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- One Day Only Open Studio Art by Catherine Orfald and Rita Redner
- More Music at MERA!
- From Quiet to Concerts Almonte in Concert Returns to Old Town Hall This Fall
- Leave the Leaves (and other counter-intuitive suggestions)
- Rural Root Goes Fishing! The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby
- Fall Colours Walk at Blueberry Mountain
- Red Trillium Fall Tour
- Pumpkins-Plus in Perth Ghost Walks, Pumpkin Carving and More!