Chocolate Day, the Valley City Barnes County Library’s annual fundraiser for children’s materials, returns to the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, said acting library director Liz Hoskisson Monday.
Children’s Librarian Mary Ann Anderson said the event began at the library “at least 20 years ago – a long time ago.”
As Anderson recalls, “We went to a workshop, and people from (the public library) in Wahpeton talked about their fundraiser called Chocolate Day. Since it’s still going after 20 years it has been very successful. The Eastern Star ladies help and price items and volunteer. We ask people to both bring in and buy items” for the sale.
Anderson said those with items for the sale can either deliver items Friday or Saturday morning “by 8 a.m. They don’t have to package items – the Eastern Star takes care of that.”
Along with the chocolate sale, Anderson said the library has a sale of new and used books that day.
Money raised from the chocolate sale is reserved for children’s materials, Hoskisson said.
“We have been weeding books from our collection,” and new books are also being donated for the book sale, Hoskisson said.
“We combine it with a book sale of both new and used books to raise money for kids and adult materials. It (Chocolate Day) started out as Chocolate, Chocolate Day with a skit, and now it’s just a sale. People donated chocolate things for sale – everybody likes chocolate. It’s a good way to get fudge for Christmas and Thanksgiving,” Hoskisson said.
Anderson said the Books Are Fun program will not be available on Chocolate Day. She said the library has about five fundraisers each year, and Chocolate Day is the only event earmarked to buy children’s materials. Other fundraisers include two salad luncheons, a pie and ice cream event during Rally in the Valley and an event during Crazy Days.
Anderson said the event is no longer connected with Children’s Book Week, because that week was moved into May and the library chose to keep Chocolate Day as a traditional fundraiser in November.
Prizes will also be given out to children and adults during the day, and junior high school teacher Kristi Shanenko and her eighth-grade reading class will be doing a special library story hour.