Harper all set for 'Saturday in the Park'

Harper has issued an invitation to all to join the fun of its “Saturday in the Park” festivities March 29 to benefit the all-volunteer-based Harper Library.

Featuring more prizes and activities than before, the non-profit library’s biggest fundraiser of the year will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the hall in Harper Community Park.

Live music will be performed by the Eklectic Swing Band while guests peruse the tables filled with silent auction items and the library’s annual book sale.

There will be face painting and a snow cone machine for children, as well as a chance to bid on cakes in an auction.

A lunch of barbecue chicken and sausage with sides will be available.

A prize giveaway will feature over 25 items donated by local merchants and individuals.

The prize list includes original paintings by artists Carol Dodge and Jan Miller, a Texas wall quilt, a lap quilt by Sally Sandstrom, tickets to the Rockbox Theater, a framed Charles Beckendorf print, a hand-crafted wooden porch swing with stand, a hand-engraved hunting knife by Terry Theis and more.

Tickets are available in advance at the Harper Library or at the Harper Library Resale Shop. Or, they may also be purchased from a volunteer or at the door on Saturday, March 29.

The Harper Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-exempt and all profits go to the library.

The Harper Library began in 2004 as the idea of a group of local citizens and it soon developed into 4,000 donated books in a small home.

Since then, the Harper Library has gathered enough grant funding from several foundations and support from its local land owners and residents through fund raising and donations to move into a remodeled, 3,800-square-foot building at 23247 West U.S. Highway 290 in downtown Harper.

A full-service facility now, it houses a collection of over 13,000 materials, including books, audio books, videos and DVDs, periodicals and newspapers.

While the library is run by volunteers, those giving of their time also staff the resale shop, which shares the same building. In addition to the upcoming fundraiser and private donations, the resale shop’s profits also go toward the library’s operating expenses.


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