The Season of Giving

I remember the moment Christmas changed for me. It was Christmas Eve; I was around ten years old, and my five siblings and I had spent the previous month scheming. Our mom worked incredibly hard; as a stay-at-home mom, she homeschooled, cooked, cleaned, and even kept us from killing each other (a full-time job in of itself). That year my siblings and I decided to pool our money together and buy our mom a brand-new Sony stereo system to replace the piece of junk radio she used in the kitchen. For the entire month before Christmas the stereo sat in our garage, hidden amongst our camping equipment boxes. I sat in front of my pile of gifts on Christmas Eve, watching my mom’s mouth drop open as my siblings brought out her gift. As I sat there, I realized that giving her the stereo was a far better feeling than opening up my gifts. This was the first time I realized how much more fun giving can be than receiving.

Here at the library we are constantly the recipient of our community’s generosity. You consistently amaze us with your spirit of giving, and how faithful you are to demonstrate how highly you value us. We particularly appreciate your generosity this time of year, as we offer you three major ways you can give:

Donations

Your financial support through one-time or regular monetary donations are invaluable. Not only do these donations allow us to expand our programs and collections, it also demonstrates to us in a concrete way your support of what we do. Every donation no matter the size helps, and works to remind us of how much this community is truly invested in their library and its services. To donate online, visit www.kylib.org and visit the “About Us” “Support the Library” section of our website.

Volunteering

You may be aware of the army of volunteers that make our book sales possible, but did you know that many of our regular activities and annual events are only possible with volunteer hands? The library is hosting a Santa’s Workshop event tomorrow (Saturday, December 12) from 2:00pm-3:30pm, and this is only possible thanks to several people who are donating their afternoon to help with set-up, crafts, cookie decorating, and clean-up. Interested in joining this amazing team of library volunteers? Contact Bonnie at BonnieK@kylib.org.

Festival of Chocolate

The Friends of the Library will host its annual Festival of Chocolate on Sunday, January 31 from 2:00pm-4:00pm. This festival is a sweet celebration of local confectionary talents. Anyone can enter their favorite chocolate dessert in one of our four categories: Brownies/Bars, Cookies, Confections/Cakes, or Cakes/Cupcakes. Your participation, either by entering, or simply by attending (tickets are $5 each, $7 at the door) goes a long way toward supporting the library’s programs over the coming year. Tickets also make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers, so stop by the library to check off some of your Christmas shopping!

Here are some library materials to help get you in the spirit of giving this Christmas:

The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall (eBook)

In this fictional tale, Red Stevens has died, and the older members of his family receive their millions with greedy anticipation. But a different fate awaits young Jason. Young and old will relish this new take on a classic trope.

A Christmas Carol (Book & DVD)

This timeless classic is Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge represents all that is selfishness and greed; he cares nothing for his fellow man, and bitterness has encased his soul. His journey toward discovering love and generosity is enough to thaw even the most cynical of hearts.

One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity by Debbie Macomber (LP Book)

Debbie Macomber has written numerous books of heartwarming holiday fiction and has even been called the “Official Storyteller of Christmas”. In this non-fiction title, she uses true stories to illustrate how random acts of kindness have had wonderful, life-changing impact on both recipients and givers.