Books are carefully sorted and lined up in colorful rows on large tables like a grand feast for the mind. There is every topic to explore from history to science to nature to fiction to classics to cookbooks to religion.
“Basically there is everything under the sun,” said Lynn Carter, who has organized the upcoming Library Fair for the last eight years.
The 39th Annual Library Fair is Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the library grounds.
A good cause
Carter describes it as a day of music, food and a ton of books to browse. There will be free ice cream and various vendors with booths representing everything from local nonprofits to handmade wares to bake sales.
The fair presents a day of fun, but it also serves as a financial champion for the library.
“This is our biggest fundraiser to raise money for the library and makes the bulk of our money,” said Carter.
Much like the saying “it takes money to make money,” the library uses books to sustain itself.
Carter estimates that last year the fair brought in close to $15,000, which all goes to the library.
Carter not only volunteers her time to the fair but brings in reinforcements to make the fair a success. This year eight of her family members are coming to visit, and Carter is going to put them to work
“They all know if they come this weekend they will be helping out,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Tim Lunde, President of Friends of the Library, said they are still looking for more islanders to be involved in the fair especially in the vendor booth department.
To secure a booth you must fill out an application at the library or at www.orcaslibrary.org.
“It’s a good opportunity for people to do something once and see how much fun it is,” he said.