Library fundraising gets creative

On the shelves

One thing that I have observed in my time working on behalf of libraries is that the staff and friends of our York County libraries get pretty creative in their efforts to raise money.

They have done everything from making whoopie pies and funnel cakes to holding mega book sales to creating big themed events like Margaritaville.

Coming up soon is the third annual “Taste of the Valley,” a signature event organized by the Friends of the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock. It will be held at the library from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 11.

This year’s celebration serves double-duty as both a fundraiser and a way to commemorate the library’s 75 years of dedicated service to the community, from 1936 to 2011.

For “Taste of the Valley,” two local wineries, Allegro Vineyards and Logan’s View Winery, are at the center of the festivities. The admission price of $30 includes an etched souvenir wine glass for sampling a variety of wines, plus an array of appetizers and desserts provided by the Glen Rock Mill Inn, Mignano Brothers, Yellow Umbrella, Mama’s Pizza, Marchio’s Deli and other area restaurants. The musical atmosphere for the night will be provided by “3 Dollar Suit,” a Seven Valleys based band known in the area for their alternative folk.

Art is also a big part of the event. Original artwork will be raffled that evening, and the fifth annual “Artisans Emporium” will officially open for the holiday shopping season. It features a variety of reasonably priced artwork and jewelry crafted by local artisans. A portion of all sales benefits the library.

The emporium will be open during regular library hours through Dec. 30 and will hold two open houses for shoppers. The first will be 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2, followed by “Men’s Night Out,” 6 to 9 p.m. Dec 16.

Nestled in the heart of Glen Rock alongside the Rail Trail, the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock is at 32 Main St. Many visitors come right off the Rail Trail to see what’s happening at the library, using the bike racks out front, and even borrowing locks to secure their bikes while they visit.

Hufnagel houses more than 19,600 items with a special emphasis on books on CD, cookbooks, crafts, biographies and children’s books. In addition to the “Taste of the Valley” event, it is known for its quarterly “Music Night at the Huff,” which showcases local musical talent.

Deborah Sullivan is community relations director for the York County Library System.

If you go

Taste of the Valley
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 11
Where: Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St. Glen Rock.
Tickets: $30 each (must be 21)
Details: 235-1127

Library fundraisers

Several York County Libraries have fundraisers coming up.

For more information, check the library home pages and events calendar at

  • Vera Bradley Bingo — 1 p.m. Nov. 6, doors open at 11:30 a.m., Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover. 632-5183. Tickets: $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

    Refreshments are available for purchase that day, plus raffle tickets for three pieces in the Plum Petals pattern are on sale now for $5 each at the library.

  • Annual Friends of the Village Library Christmastime in Loganville Book Sale — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19, Codorus Church of the Brethern, 1129 Dunkard Valley Road, Dallastown. 428-1034.

    Thousands of books are for sale. Visit for more on this community holiday event.

  • Fall Glatfelter Memorial Library Silent Art Auction — Now through Nov. 30, Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove. 225-3220. The art is now on display at the library for viewing and bidding.
  • Quilt and Craft Raffle — Dillsburg Area Public Library, 7 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg. 432-5613. Tickets: $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing: noon Dec. 3.

    This year’s queen-sized quilt is called “Scrappy Friendship.” The quilt plus 45 other art and craft prizes are on this year’s raffle ticket. All prizes are on display at the library.

  • “B is for Boomer” Book for sale at Libraries — All York County Libraries, The York Revolution’s team dog Boomer is the star of the new book, “B is for Boomer.” It is on sale now at all 13 York County Libraries for $10 each. The books are autographed by author Tony Fredericks and illustrator Andrea Everhart. All proceeds benefit the libraries.
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