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ONGOING EVENTS
 
Every year Friends purchases books, magazines, and supplies for the library, helps to fund Teen Nights and the summer reading program for children, gives small gifts and cards of appreciation to Susie and her wonderful staff, and provides volunteers to shelve books and do other tasks around the building.
 
 
PAST EVENTS

2014

We had a very successful raffle that included three drawings won by Blairsville residents or those with Blairsville ties.

We had a grand book and bake sale that raised lots of money for the library.

In December,we co-sponsored a play, "A Christmas Carol," with the library that was put on in the library by the Hampstead Players from New Hampshire.

2013
 
Sponsored two fundraising raffles.
 
2012
 
Sponsored a Quilt and Basket of Goodies Raffle and a Book & Bake Sale.  
 
Staffed booths at the Strawberry Jubilee, the Tri-State Business Women's Expo, the Butternut Creek Festival, and the Sorghum Festival. 
 
Held a membership event at Joy of Learning, featuring a guest violinist and "Reflections on Learning" by Dr. Rhonda Joy Vansant.
 
Participated in Mountain Appraisal Night at Antonietta's Grill and the library benefit tour of Misty Mountain Model Railroad.
 
2011
 
Celebrated our 15th Anniversary with a BBQ Potluck Picnic.
 
Purchased equipment and furnishings for the children's room of the renovated and expanded library.
 
Helped to fund the automatic, wheelchair-accessible entrance doors to the library.
 
Sponsored a Trash & Treasure Sale, "A Mile of Pennies," and a Quilt, Basket, and Jewelry Box Raffle.
 
Participated in Mountain Appraisal Night at Antonietta's Grill and the library benefit tour of Misty Mountain Model Railroad.
 
2010
 
Participated in the Varsity Day for Public Libraries in Atlanta and the strategic planning of the Mountain Regional Library System.
 
Sponsored a Trash & Treasure Sale, "A Mile of Pennies," and a quilt raffle.
 
Participated in a Brother's Restaurant in Young Harris community night.
 
Accepted with gratitude and pleasure the first Fabulous Friends Award from Friends of Georgia Libraries (FOGL).
 
2009
 
Advocated for state funding of the library renovation and expansion.
 
Sponsored "Miles of Pennies," a Trash and Treasure sale, a Bass Fishing Tournament, and a Benefit Auction & Raffle as fundraisers.
 
Participated twice in Brother's Restaurant Community Night for 15% of the restaurant earnings.
 
Assisted the library staff at their Book and Bake Sale.

2008
 
Campaigned for passage of the Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and its benefits for the library.
 
Sponsored a book signing and a gift basket raffle, "A Mile of Pennies," a Trash and Treasure sale, a Bass Fishing Tournament, a Pat Aube' Gray limited edition print raffle, and a live and silent auction as fundraisers.
 
2007
 
Were represented at the Library Legislative Day at the capital.
 
Sponsored a "Sips & Snippets Day" at the library, candle, book bag, and literary basket fundraisers, a bake sale, and a trash and treasure sale.
 
2006
 
Sent a representative to the Library Legislative Day.
 
Celebrated our 10th Anniversary with an afternoon tea.
 
Renovated the multi-purpose room kitchenette.
 
2005
 
Sponsored a fundraiser raffle.
 
Held a "Cakes Galore Friendathon" as a fundraiser and membership solicitation.
 
Co-sponsored an open house and reception for Teresa Haymore, retiring system director.
 
Sponsored a reception in honor of the new system director, Donna Howell.
 
Helped gather fans when the library's air conditioner failed.
 
2004
 
Sent a representative to the annual Library Legislature Day in Atlanta.
 
Established the Pattie Hamilton Memorial Reading Nook.
 
Sponsored a membership table at the Union County Interagency Fair.
 
Established the Pat Scott Memorial Kids' Corner.
 
2003

Sent a representative to the annual Library Legislature Day in Atlanta.

Helped clean up after the Great Library Flood.

Honored retiring staff members.

Sponsored four "Sunday Coffee House" socials, a literary basket fundraiser, and a membership table at the Butternut Creek Festival.

2002

Sponsored a Trash and Treasure fundraiser and membership tables at the Butternut Creek Festival and the Union County Interagency Fair.

Sent a representative to the annual Library Legislature Day in Atlanta.

Funded the Birthday Book Club for children and the Wilma Ash Scholarship for advanced study in library science.

Honored a retiring staff member.

2001

Sponsored a Sunday "Meet the Writers" program and a membership table at the Butternut Creek Arts Festival.

Sent a representative to the annual Library Legislature Day in Atlanta.

Established a memorial shelf plate program and a new library fund.

Funded the Birthday Book Club and the Wilma Ash Scholarship.

2000

Established the Birthday Book Club, Books for Babies, and the Wilma Ash Scholarship.

Helped to fund a new bookmobile for the system.

Sponsored a membership table at the Butternut Creek Arts
Festival and the third "Spring Thing" fundraiser.

1999

Funded the landscaping in front of the library sign and the renovation of the multi-purpose room and foyer.

Sponsored the tenth anniversary celebration of the library at its present site.

Hosted a Chamber of Commerce "After Hours."

Designed and distributed memorial book program cards to the Chamber of Commerce, nursing homes, and funeral parlors.

1998

Sponsored the second "Spring Thing" and Sunday "Coffee House" program.

1997

Initiated and helped to fund the purchase of a new library sign.
Purchased furnishings and built shelves for a reference room.
Moved the reference books into the new reference room.

Sponsored "Spring Thing" and a Sunday "Coffee House."

Sent a representative to the annual Library Legislature Day in Atlanta.
 
1996

Sponsored a membership table at the city's "White Christmas on the Square."

Co-sponsored the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the founding of the Mountain Regional Library System.

We love our public library!