Written by Paige McAtee Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00
This past weekend, the Friends of the Farmingdale Public Library’s annual Craft Fair saw a total of 82 vendors selling anything imaginable.
It had everything from homemade chocolates and jewelry to pottery, said Ken Ulric, a member of the Friends of the Farmingdale Library.
“We’ve been doing this for 18 years, and it’s become a tradition,” said Ulric of the craft fair.
According to Ulric, the group responsible for making the library as beautiful and presentable as it is today are the Friends of the Farmingdale Library.
“We support the library in as many ways as we possibly can,” said Jay Eskin, president of the Farmingdale Friends. “We provide financial support. Sometimes we sponsor shows.”
Apart from selling crafts, the library was also selling off several old books, DVDs and CDs. Outside the library, the craft fair even included a plant sale, run by the Farmingdale PTA, who was raising money for their High School Scholarship program.
Every year, the PTA gives out approximately 60 scholarships, according to PTA Council President Karen Bensen.
“We have about 120 kids this year who are eligible for it, and we will probably give out a minimum of about 60 scholarships,” she said.
Plants for sale included petunias in hanging baskets, a mixture of annual flowers and some vegetables.
The PTA was also selling cookies and brownies, and had a “Dollars for Scholars” donation basket, where people could donate money instead of buying flowers or baked goods.
This craft fair is the primary fundraiser for the Friends of the Farmingdale Library. With the proceeds made from this event, the club will purchase things for the library.
In the past, Friends of the Farmingdale Public Library have used fundraising money to buy the library’s grand piano. The group is currently saving up money to buy more beautification accessories to make Farmingdale Public Library as welcoming as possible.