The Collingswood Friends of the Library, along with the Collingswood Public Library, recently put out a call to its community members who like to sew, either by machine or by hand. The plan is for interested folks to make one-of-a-kind fabric book bags—which also happen to be good for shopping, toting, and general all-around using—out of donated fabric. The Friends will then sell the finished bags for $10 each at the library, helping to fund programming, acquisitions, technology upgrades, and physical improvements to the library itself.
This will be an ongoing fundraiser and some fabric-and-pattern bundles are already available, but to get things started, there will be an all-ages book bag sewing workshop on December 4 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Participants will be charged a $5 fee, which covers all materials as well as use of a sewing machine. Volunteers will provide help for those who need it. The donation will go to the Friends and the bags will go to the ongoing book tote sale, turning old clothes and other unwanted fabric into the books, programs, and other materials the Library needs.
The Collingswood Public Library, an independent, single-branch library serving Collingswood and Woodlynne, New Jersey (a total of about 19,000 people) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011.