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Library hosts annual book character-themed pumpkin contest


The Friends of the Sidney Public Library will celebrate its impact upon the Sidney Public Library during National Friends of the Library week, Oct. 19-25, with activities for both children and adults.

To celebrate, the Friends are hosting its second annual Book Character Pumpkin Decorating contest. Pumpkins may be painted, dressed up, and accessorized, but no carving is allowed. Prizes will be awarded to the best entries in categories for children and families.

Grand prizes include a pool party at the Best Western Plus Sidney Lodge or a family movie and snack pass to Fox Theatre. All entries are due at the library by Monday, Oct. 20, where they will be displayed.

For more information or to obtain an entry form, stop into the library at 1112 12th Ave., or visit

The Friends of the Sidney Public Library were established in 2007, and have raised more than $20,000 for the library to date. The Friends always welcome new members who have an interest in supporting the Sidney Public Library and promoting literacy throughout the community. Those who join the group during the month of October will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. Learn more at the group’s next meeting on Monday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sidney Public Library.

The Friends have been active in promoting the importance of reading to children, and last year sponsored a Dr. Seuss Birthday party to encourage children and families to come to the library for fun Seuss-filled activities and story time.

The group distributes children’s books to area businesses and children throughout the county who may not have their own books at home with its annual Back to School Book Drive. The Friends also sponsor the annual summer reading program that encourages children and adults to while away the long days by enjoying a good book.

As a fundraiser this year, the Friends are making history come alive for many area residents, as it’s able to provide families, individuals and businesses that had photos taken by Draper’s Photography from 1960-2003 with their original negatives, so they can make new memories with their old photographs.

More than 20 businesses and 30 community members contribute annually to the Friends, and 20 of these contributors actively volunteer to assist the group with fundraising efforts.

“Being involved with the Friends has allowed me to give back to the library and be involved in the community,” said Jessica Eddy, president of Friends of the Sidney Public Library. “I’d invite anyone interested to attend our next meeting or e-mail us to find out how they can participate.”

Other officers of the organization are Jenny Hartman, vice president; Andrea Nelson, secretary; and Lisa Davis, treasurer.

“The Friends have really helped to increase the awareness of the Sidney Public Library in the community,” said Doris Jensen, Sidney Public Library director. “We always welcome new members, and I encourage people to attend the next meeting to learn more about the impact the group has on the library.”


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