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Plant sale planned for Memorial Day

The Friends of the Wardsboro Library is sponsoring its annual Memorial Day weekend Plant Sale, "From Our Gardens to Yours," on Saturday, May 27, at 170 Main Street, Wardsboro. Admission and parking are free and is held rain or shine. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Wardsboro Library, a non-profit organization that supports the Wardsboro Public Library. More information on the sale and the Friends at

The Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will take place at 170 Main Street on the front lawn of the Wardsboro Library and also on the Wardsboro Town Common at Route 100 and Main Street. A large variety of hearty perennials donated by local gardeners, a variety of favorite annuals for color in planters and gardens, shrubs and flowering bushes, Gilfeather turnip and assorted vegetable seedlings, and flavorful herbs will all be reasonably priced for the one day sale. Vermont Extension Master Gardeners will staff an information table and answer gardening questions from visitors. A one day Garden Raffle will feature select garden-related items. Winning tickets are drawn at 1 p.m.; winners need not be present.

The Friends are once again sponsoring their annual "Best Raffle Ever" featuring a one-of-a-kind, hand-hooked Christmas tree skirt by Wardsboro fiber artist, Linda Gifkins. The tree skirt entitled "Christmas in New England" will be on display at the sale and photos and details can be viewed on the Friends' website Print raffle tickets from the website or purchase them at the Plant Sale, the Wardsboro Library and the upcoming July 4th Street Fair and Parade in Wardsboro. The winning ticket will be drawn at the 15th Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival in Wardsboro on Oct. 28. The winner need not be present.

The Wardsboro Library trustees are sponsoring their annual Bake Sale on the Town Common at Route 100 and Main Street in Wardsboro. The sale begins at 9 a.m. until all the home made goodies are sold. The Friends' flower cart on the Common will be filled to the brim with beautiful annuals, a MUST first stop before shoppers head down Main Street to the library lawn for the BIG Plant Sale. Raffle tickets can also be purchased on the Common for the handmade Christmas tree skirt, the exciting "Best Raffle Ever" prize.


Raffle at Brooks Memorial Library

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are holding a raffle for a 14-BY-17 framed photo print by James Sneddon from the New York Times Photo Collection, valued at $250, donated by Mary Ide.

"The New York Public Library — 1948," is a picture of the iconic lions at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library, Patience and Fortitude, covered in snow. This photograph was published in the New York Times on December 20, 1948.

The main branch of the New York Public Library was officially opened on May 23, 1911. The lions were sculpted by E.C. Potter and carved by the Piccirilli Brothers, who also carved the Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The raffle tickets are $1 each and are available at the main circulation desk at the library. The tickets will also be available during the 1st Wednesday program, the Verandah Porche and Patty Carpenter concert on May 5, the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Annual Meeting on May 13 and the upcoming Strolling of the Heifers Book Sale on June 1, 2 and 3. The drawing will be held the week of July 4. The print is on display at the library.

Proceeds from this raffle help the Friends purchase materials, present programs and provide services, which help the library.

In addition, Brooks Memorial Library is now accepting donations until May 22 for the upcoming book sale to be held on June 1, 2 and 3. Books in good condition will be reviewed by staff for quality and suitability for the sale.

The Friends will accept hardcover, soft cover and mass market paperbacks in both fiction and non-fiction, as well as audio books on CD, music CDs, DVDs and puzzles.

For more information, call 802-254- 5290. Books may be dropped off at the Main Circulation Desk during normal working hours.


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