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Friends of the LIbrary has long history

I was quite hesitant when asked to write the column that is usually done by our newly retired Douglas County Librarian, Trish Conroy. However, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for me to talk about the annual Cookie Walk, a special event that the Friends of the Library will be hosting.

But first, I would like to give you a brief history of how the Friends of the Library began. We go back as early as the late 1800s when a group of 12 ladies, calling themselves "The Beau Not Club," decided to raise funds to buy books for the library in Alexandria.

Those 12 names are still listed on the inside door panel of the original check-out desk located in the large meeting room at the Douglas County Library.

The fact that those ladies, who were determined not to marry, all ended up doing just that, didn't change the focus of what they had set out to do. Because of their commitment to the library, the Friends of the Library was organized and, as we have grown, the goal to raise money to support the library remains the same.

The annual Cookie Walk is a fundraiser that gets the entire membership involved by asking them to bake five dozen of their favorite Christmas cookies.

Bakers can bring their cookies to the library meeting room on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. The doors will open to the community to purchase these fantastic goodies at a price of $7 per pound.

What a great way to begin the holiday season with much of your baking already done for you.

An exciting addition to this year's Cookie Walk will be the opportunity to purchase a Cookie Walk Cookbook containing the recipes of cookies donated last year.

Rebecca Purdue and her committee have put together a pictorial edition of not only the cookies but also of the people who baked them. I know it will be a cookbook you will refer to many times when doing your own baking. This will be a perfect Christmas gift to be enjoyed for years to come.

The work we do as the Douglas County Friends and Foundation is done with such enjoyment because we strongly believe in our goal to support our library.

We are a vibrant and growing membership but always welcome people with new energy and vision.

Join us for our annual Cookie Walk and Cookie Walk Cookbook Sale at the Douglas County Library on Saturday, December 5 from 8 a.m. to noon (or until the cookies are gone. We will even have a cup of coffee for you!