On the Same Page: Friends of the Library Grateful Bread Sale is coming Monday

Reedsburg Public Library staff

Cary Stage, left, who led a sourdough-making demonstration at the library, poses with Grateful Bread Day Committee Chair Chris Schrank. (Submitted photo)

Bread, a dietary staple for over 30,000 years, is now the center of a much-anticipated event in Reedsburg!

The Friends of the Reedsburg Public Library is pleased to announce its annual Grateful Bread sale is almost here! The sale will begin in the Library’s Community Room on Monday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. and will continue as long as supplies last.

Shoppers at this year’s event will find a variety of yeast breads, quick breads, sourdoughs, muffins and scones. According to Friends of the Library Bread Sale Chair Chris Schrank, the group is encouraging its own bakers to make yeast breads, which have become very popular, and to also try their hand at sourdough. Baker Cary Stage gave a demonstration on the making of sourdough bread at the Library last month.

For other volunteer bakers, all types of bread will be welcome! Schrank emphasizes that the important thing is for the bread to be homemade and fresh! Bakers should bag or wrap their items in plastic, and label them. Donations can be dropped off at the Library on Sunday, Nov. 12, from noon to 2:45 p.m., and on the day of the sale from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Customers should know that payment may be made by cash, check or credit card. If you are looking for ideas about what to bake, check out the bread baking books currently on display in the Library!

Even as bread nourishes our bodies, the Friends’ efforts contribute to the health and wellbeing of the library, providing for the little extras that enhance the RPL experience. In the past, the Friends of the Library’s fundraising efforts have purchased a projection system, blinds and chairs for the Community Room. The group has contributed to the Youth and Adult Services programming budgets, and has set aside money to be used for additional books and special collections. The Library has a running wish list of items that might be purchased in the future including an additional gliding rocker, library signage for collections and additional bags and equipment for outreach services.

In other library news, next week will be the last in RPL’s eight-week fall Youth Services schedule. Teen Time, After School Book Club, Babygarten and preschool storytime will resume in January. Family Night will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. and homeschoolers will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. A variety of “pop up” programs will be scheduled in the interim, including Baby and Me Playtime, Monday playgroup, and family movies.

For questions about the Grateful Bread Sale or any library program or event, call the Library at 608- 768-READ (7323) or email info@reedsburglibrary.org.