Valley Journal
Valley Journal

Library fundraiser tickets available

LAKESIDE – The West Shore Community Library will soon hold its annual fundraiser to ensure kids and people keep smiles on their faces when it comes to information access.

“Thank you for all the wonderful books you loan us,” said Zaylyn, Dayton Elementary School student, in a letter to the library. “It puts a smile on my face that you loan us fun, adventures, or sad books to our school.”

For the past 21 years, the small community library has operated completely by donation and grants, serving residents of Lake and Flathead Counties.

“We are supported by only our fundraiser events and contributions, receiving no tax dollars,” Library Volunteer Carol Cory said.

The library wouldn’t exist without volunteers to keep the doors open, and they could always use more help. “It would put a lot of people at a disadvantage if library services weren’t available,” Library Board Vice President Rhonda Steubs said. The library contains books and audio books for people of all ages and computers with Internet access.

“People even use the Wi-Fi when the library is closed,” she said.

The library loans books to the local school, provides a gathering place for meetings and groups, and provides information about the chamber of commerce.

“We have a place in the library where people can get community information,” she said. “Summer tourists even stop in to find out what is going on in the area.”

A weekly story hour gets younger kids involved with reading, and the library held their first summer reading program this year with about 19 kids participating.

“The kids came in and listened to an audio book and did a craft with that book,” she said.

The library is utilizing grant donations to increase children’s books and the audio collection. “We could really use more adult books,” she said.

The fundraiser dinner to help add to the book collection and pay for operating costs will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell on Friday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. Fresh salad, herb roasted pork with a cranberry sauce, lemon grilled chicken, and potatoes mixed with sour cream and chives will all be on the menu. Tickets at $60 each are available by calling the library at 406- 844-3917.

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