The speakers and authors, prizes, awards, give-away items, special equipment and materials you see at the Walla Walla Public Library happen through auspices of the Friends of the Library of Walla Walla.
This volunteer effort supports the library through financial donations for projects that are outside the regular library budget's scope to enhance and better the facility for Walla Walla Valley residents.
Jackie George, Friends secretary/treasurer, said their three-day Media Madness will offer various lightly used games for all ages, DVDs, books on tape and CD, music CDs and hardback, paperback, children's and coffee table books.
From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, items will be offered in the library's main room, 238 E. Alder St.
"These are nearly new materials in excellent condition and the majority will sell for under $5. Special bargains will be available after 3 p.m. Saturday," Jackie said in a release.
Friends' fundraising efforts have sponsored adult programs through Booked for Winter and other visiting author events and Summer Reading events for Walla Walla children; purchased multiple copies of books for the Book Club in a Bag program; provided furnishings and books to build the Young Adult area serving middle school and older youth; and provided prizes and refreshments for many other activities at the library.
You'll see Friends members who volunteer at many of the library's events. All those interested in working for a better library are encouraged to be active in this group.
Applications are at www.wallawallapubliclibrary.org/friends.php.
For more information contact Beth Hudson, Library director at 524-4433; Sarah Bergman, Friends president at 522-5001; or visit the library and pick up an application there. "Like" them on Facebook for up-to-the-minute news www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-the-Walla-Walla-Public-Library/235678133115720.
More than 50 pounds of potatoes made their way into the tummies of students at Sharpstein Elementary – straight from the school's garden.
Fifth-graders harvested and prepared the spuds to serve during lunch one day, according to an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.
Every grade level had a hand in planting, harvesting and sampling something from the plantings, from carrots and cucumbers to pumpkins and tomatoes. They ate salad, made salsa and pumpkin muffins and roasted pumpkin seeds.
Now volunteers, including families, are needed to clean up and ready the garden for winter from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.
Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at firstname.lastname@example.org or afternoons at 526-8313.