If you’ve visited the Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library lately you may have noticed the new quilts hanging in the children’s section.
The quilts are a result of a collaboration between three groups in our community: the library itself, the Vernon Friends of the Library and the Vernon Silver Star Quilters. The library suggested the seasonal themes and the Friends of the Library provided the funding. To date, Cathy Gaetz-Brothen, Jeanette Marten and Susan Wilson of the Vernon Silver Star Quilters Guild have each stepped forward to create quilts. Cathy and Susan created their own designs. Jeanette’s quilt features a design created by local “Happy” artist, Nancy Vince.
The Vernon Friends of the Library raises funds through used book sales. You may have supported this group if you’ve shopped at the giant curling rink book sale in the spring or at some of the smaller sales held at their sorting facilities in Coldstream. The money raised is used to support special events, speakers and ongoing library programs in the main branch and in the smaller branch libraries of the North Okanagan such as Lumby, Cherryville and Armstrong.
The Vernon Silver Star Quilters have a history of donating quilts to be used throughout the community. For example, they’ve contributed quilts to the premature child birth unit at the hospital, to forest fire victims and to refugee families that have moved to the area.
So, if you haven’t already done so, take the time to stop by the Vernon library.
Enjoy the quilts in the children’s area, the other works of local artists featured throughout the building and the vibrant range of activities offered by our library. Of course, if you’re looking for some good reading material, this is a good place to start.
Linda Hoover is a member of the Vernon Friends of the Library and the Vernon Silver Star Quilters.