By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014
Peace of Cake Bakery, one of the 50+ booths at last year’s Whale of a Tale Artisan Sale.
Friends of the Catoosa Public Library is an organization with the mission “to strengthen our local library, to encourage our community by providing opportunities for increased knowledge, and to open doorways to the world for future generations.” The Friends accomplish this through a variety of free community events, educational and fitness classes, and donations to the library, including books and financial support. “We not only want to increase awareness of the library through fundraising, but engage our community as well,” says Becky Jones, president. “At our meetings discuss what our community needs are and how we can fill those gaps.”
The Friends of the Catoosa Public Library will host their next fundraiser on Saturday, October 25, the 4th annual Whale of a Tale Artisan Sale. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Catoosa Library & Community Center, located at 105 E. Oak St., and will feature numerous Oklahoma artisans selling a variety of items: jewelry, quilts, hand-turned pens and clocks, Cherokee style baskets, handcrafted wares and much more. Kathryn Bolen, vice president of the Friends and event coordinator, is excited to return with her Kat’s Custom Kreations handcrafted jewelry.
All proceeds from Whale of a Tale will go towards the Friends’ efforts to increase awareness of the library and offer free services to the community. The Catoosa Masonic Lodge will be sponsoring the sale and again have committed to matching a portion of the proceeds. If you’re looking for a fun way to log some volunteer time, contact the Friends – they are in need of volunteers the day of the sale.
The primary focus of the event is the exhibition of quality Oklahoma fine arts and crafts, giving attendees the opportunity to meet, interact with, and purchase from the local artisans. Whale of Tale will also feature a “make and take” craft booth for children and door prizes. Live musical entertainment will fill the air throughout the day.
Vendor applications will be accepted until all spots are filled. Indoor and outdoor booths are available, and canopies may be rented for outdoor booths (all booth fees benefit the Friends’ community efforts). The Whale of Tale Artisan Sale is a juried event; artisans must submit photos of their products for selection. Application info is available online at www.catoosalibraryfriends.com .
The Friends stay busy throughout the year providing a wide variety of free services to the community, including a movie night held the third Thursday of every month, an ongoing book sale, Breakfast with Santa on December 13, 2014 from 7 to 10 a.m., and an assortment of instructional classes. Past classes have included craft lessons in jewelry making and Cherokee basket weaving, do-it-yourself home and beauty workshops, couponing seminars, genealogy sessions and more. Bunco for Books is scheduled for February of 2015 - watch Facebook and the website for details.
Everyone is encouraged to join the Friends of the Catoosa Public Library. Visit www.catoosalibraryfriends.com for more details. They are always accepting donations as well, including books, movies, DVDs, and especially audio books.
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.