Some of our past events are listed here. For a glimpse of the fun, check out the pictures under Event Photos.
Friends of Mt. Pleasant Library 32nd Annual Book Fair and Bazaar Saturday, April 27, 2013
Twice postponed due to bad weather in February, we finally celebrated another year of fundraising with our Annual Book Fair and Bazaar. The day was sunny and beautiful, so we held the flea market outside. In order to have more room for books this year, we had a smaller, but successful, flea market run by the Mt. Pleasant Teen Group.
We continued our popular Food Table and Bake Sale, and offered new jewelry for Mother’s Day gifts. The raffles included food baskets with gift certificates to various markets, as well as an entertainment basket with tickets for two to a performance of choice at the Rhode Island College Performing Art series. Children’s entertainment was provided by Ron Bianco.
Annual Holiday Sale – December 1, 2012
For the fourth year, we held our popular shopping event with free coffee and cider, to accompany our usual homemade bakery sale. A large selection of new items and stocking stuffers were offered at inexpensive prices. These included toys, games, various gift items, jewelry, and handcrafted scarves and accessories, as well as books and manga comics. Second-time-around holiday decorations and used holiday books were also available at give-away prices. There was free wrapping for all gift purchases and a craft table for children. Despite the poor weather and many cross-town events, we had a steady stream of neighbors and raised almost $600 for Mt. Pleasant.
Library Walkathon – September 29, 2012
Inspired and organized by our good Friend, Maureen Daw, our second community walk was a great success. This year’s theme was Libraries Can Be Fun. Led by Officer Patty Nichols from the Providence Mounted Patrol and her horse Hooligan, neighbors walked from the library around Pleasant Valley Parkway and back. A local fire truck, with Capt. Frank Silva from the Department of Fire Prevention, added to the celebration and the children’s delight. There were tables with plants for sale, as well as free vegetables for the taking.
Meanwhile inside the library Officer Patrick, who accompanied Capt. Silva, spent time speaking with patrons about fire prevention and distributing red fire hats and coloring books to the children. Many enjoyed the free refreshments (the hot baked potatoes with added toppings were a big hit!). We offered prizes and a raffle for a George Foreman Grill, plus the children could choose a free book from our special book table, as well as a free stuffed animal.
31st Annual Bazaar – February 11, 2012
From 10:00 – 2:30, we celebrated 31 years of fundraising with our 31st Annual Valentine Book Fair and Bazaar. Our Book Fair offered books for every taste and need. Attic Treasures flea market provided bargains in household items, jewelry, toys, puzzles and games, knickknacks, and many other items that made for a terrific sale. The Food Table, a favorite stop, was loaded with coffee, cocoa, soft drinks, pizza, hot dogs, and other snacks. Our Bake Sale, with homemade delectables from Friends and others, offered desserts to eat onsite or to go.
Our annual children’s performer was Lisa and Friends. She delighted a large audience with her amazing life-size puppets as they sang, danced and told stories, drawing in all ages for a show to remember! Fast-paced and utterly entertaining.
Photo Contest and Exhibition – March, 2011
We had a busy year with the usual events. However, we did add a new one with hopes to repeat the event when time and energy allows. This was our Photo Contest and Exhibition in March. All library patrons were invited to submit photos of the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. The photos were judged in three categories: (1) vintage; (2) locations and buildings: and (3) people. Winners were selected by a panel of three judges, prizes awarded, and all photos were displayed at a special library reception to celebrate the neighborhood.
Due to the time of year and the poor weather, however, the response was smaller than expected, but enthusiastic. The winners were:
- Best in Show – Parkway series – Barbara Ford
- 1st Place – Hazard series – Barbara Ford
- 2nd Place – Leafy Reflections – Steven Lighty
- 3rd Place – Not Everything is Cold in Winter – Mike Tinberg
- Honorable Mention – Snow on Pleasant Valley Parkway – Steven Lighty