Pat Krider (in white top, red suspenders) distributes balloons to patrons of the Brazil Public Library South Branch on Family Literacy Day, Oct. 1, 2005. Krider was dressed as Clay County's own Orville Redenbacher because the celebration took place during the Popcorn Festival.
Additional funding from the CAPE Grant has made it possible to extend the closing date for the Brazil Public Library South Branch from Dec. 31, 2005, to June 30, 2006.
In order to keep the library open, grants are being written to request funds and donations are being accepted to establish an endowment large enough to maintain the library. In the meantime The Friends of the South Branch of the Brazil Public Library, BPL staff and trustees are conducting various fundraisers to help with operating expenses.
A bake sale was held in conjunction with Clay City's Hometown Holidays in December. Bob and Angie's Hometown Café hosted a library benefit dinner on Jan. 30. There will be a bake sale at the South Branch in Clay City on Monday. The Pizza Gallery in Clay City will be conducting an ongoing fundraiser for the library and a community fish fry is being planned for March.
Proceeds from fundraisers conducted by Friends of the South Branch of the Brazil Public Library are going into the Save the Library Fund at the First Bank and Trust in Clay City. If you have suggestions or would like to help obtain funds to keep the library open in perpetuity, you may contact Jill Scarbrough at the Brazil Public Library, Janell Grafe at the South Branch in Clay City, or Pat Wilkinson, chairman of Friends of the South Branch of the Brazil Public Library.
Information will be available at the library about what you can do to assist with keeping the library open beyond June 30. Regular library hours are Monday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wedne-sday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday Noon-5 p.m. Call 939-2280 for more information.