The library and Book Buddies joined Royal Neighbors of America Chapter in December 2008. The purpose of the Chapter is to help improve the community where the chapter is located. Whether hosting events or holding fundraisers, our Chapter works to improve both the library and the Viola community.
Our Chapter works hard to assist with local and national needs. Since forming in 2008 the group has donated teddy bears to the New Windsor Police Department and to children at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, donating quilts to help raise money for cancer victims and their families, and holding various informational seminars on various topics including Identity Theft and Home Winterization. The group sponsors an annual Children's Christmas Store; the annual "Are You Smarter Than a Librarian" Trivia Night; serves breakfast on Saturday at the Viola Threshers Reunion; holds various food drives to help the Viola Food Pantry; makes charity and raffle quilts; sponsors the library's annual Summer Reading Program; and sponsors several adult classes.
Membership in our chapter is $14.95 per year. To sign up as a member, stop by the library for an application. To volunteer for Chapter events, check at the library for dates and sign up.
On Saturday, November 12 at the Greene Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lori Maynard will teach a CPR class. The class is free and open to the public. Class starts at 9:00 am. Lori will teach adult and children CPR, first aid, and AED. Anyone attending the class will be certified. Lunch will be provided by RNA Chapter 20066. Sign up no later than October 30 by calling the library at 309-596-2620.
RNA Chapter 20066 is holding their annual fall food drive to benefit the Viola Food Pantry. Donations may be dropped off at the library during normal business hours through October 25. Items needed include canned and boxed foods, personal hygiene items, toiletries, or money.
Children's Christmas Store - where children come first
The First Annual Children's Christmas Store was held on Saturday, December 11, 2008. Ten volunteers from Book Buddies and Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 20066 helped with the event. Check out the photos here.
The store is sponsored by the Chapter to allow area children the chance to purchase Christmas presents for family and friends at reasonable prices. The store is not a fundraiser and since 2009, all proceeds are put back into the next year's store. Chapter members and other community volunteers are available to take the children around the store. The store is not open for adults to shop, only children up to age 18.
Over 400 items were for sale our first year with prices ranging from $0.25 to $2.00. Approximately 65 children visited the store to purchase Christmas presents for family members and friends. Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with most of the children. $257.70 was raised with Royal Neighbors matching the funds. Proceeds went to the library for children's materials.
In 2012, the store raised $880.00, saw over 100 children shop, and offered over 800 items for sale at $1.00 each. Items included doll clothes, handmade doll blankets, tools, ties, mugs, pet items, toys, coloring books, candles, decorations, hats, scarves, mittens, automotive items, and so much more. Each year the store grows bigger and more children take advantage of the opportunity to shop for family and friends.
The Children's Christmas Store is held the 2nd Saturday in December. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to visit with children and hear their Christmas wishes. For children leaving a letter, including their name and mailing address, Mrs. Claus makes sure Santa sends a reply. If children cannot attend the store but would still like Santa to get their letter, children, or their parents, may drop the letter off at the library prior to the store. Library staff will make sure Santa gets the letter.
Anyone wishing to donate items for children to purchase may drop them off at the library during normal business hours. Monetary donations to purchase gifts are also appreciated. Want to volunteer to help children shop or help wrap gifts, then call the library at (309) 596-2620 to sign up.