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Fall Festival raises money for library

September 18, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- While the Grove Family Library has waited for money from the Pennsylvania state budget, its friends have pitched in to make sure the library continues to grow.

Friends of Grove Library is hosting the third annual Fall Festival Fundraiser this weekend to buy books for the library's shelves.

Sue Bognaski, assistant librarian, said the Friends typically purchase items the library could in "no way, shape or form" afford.

This year, as Harrisburg toiled over the budget, that even included books, she said.

The Friends recognized the need to step up its annual fundraiser this year and added many events to draw in families and children, said Ellen Brede, vice president of the Friends of Grove Library.

"We want to fill in the gaps, which this year will mean buying books," she said.

From additional games to piping hot Italian sausages, the two-day event saw marked growth on Friday, Brede said.

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Kathy Springer, president of the Friends of Grove Library, said her board began broadcasting word of the event as early as the July 4 parade in Chambersburg.

Estimating that by lunch about 200 people had come to buy mums, play games, pick up some baked goods, listen to Ben Franklin or browse the Franklin County Library System Book Buggie, which was parked out front, Springer said she was pleased with the turnout.

As with any event in its infancy, the Fall Festival Fundraiser could still change while the kinks are worked out, she said.

"I think its great," said Sarah Lucas of Chambersburg, who attended to the event with her 2-year-old daughter, Kiera.

As a mom, she said she looks for events through the week that get her and her daughter out of the house.

While the event is expected to raise about $1,500 by close today, Grove Library is grateful for any help, Bognaski said.

"They are such a wonderful group," she said of the Friends of Grove Library. "They give so much personal time and money to pull this off."

Grove Library is still working to pay off its new building on Ragged Edge Road.

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