Area briefs

Knitting for Cancer set

PIQUA — Join Suzie Hawkes and The YWCA Witty Knitters on Thursday, May 2, at 10 a.m. at the YWCA Piqua to knit or crochet hats and other items to donate to cancer patients at UVMC. Individuals coming to help with this project are asked to bring their own yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks.

“Our supply of donated yarn is dwindling so we are happy to accept donations of yarn from individuals who have extra at home,” Hawkes said. “Several individuals take materials home and love having the supplies we can give to them,” she added.

“This is a wonderful community project to support those affected by cancer,” said Hawkes, YWCA volunteer. “It is especially meaningful to those receiving our items to show that members of the community are helping them through a difficult time. We have donated over 1,000 hats since the inception of this project and are thrilled that we have put smiles on so many faces because of it.”

“Several community members have already donated a large amount of hats that they have done at home. We were thrilled with these donations,” added Hawkes. “Anyone can donate items they have made at home if they are unable to attend the May 2 get together. We meet on the first Thursday of each month and encourage others to come and join in this very special project.”

For more information, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St., Piqua, or call 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped accessible.

Library plans book sale

COVINGTON —The J. R. Clarke Public Library’s semi-annual book sale will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 26 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

The book sale is sponsored by the Friends of J.R. Clarke Public Library and chaired by volunteer Brandy Pence and other volunteers. Volunteers will be setting up a few days ahead and there will be a special time to view and purchase these books on Thursday, April 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. This special period is for all Friends of J.R. Clarke Public Library and any patron can sign up for the Friend’s group before entering the book sale on Thursday evening.

The Friends also are seeking volunteers for the library for the many things there is to do whether it is volunteering once a month or once a week.

In addition, this year, there is a new program, “Free Your Mind of Fines!” During the two days of book sales, if you currently have fine with J.R. Clarke, come on in and get the fines taken off your record. Fines can only be taken off a patron’s record in person at the library.

The last two hours of the book sale from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, will be $1 per bag of books.

For more information, call the library at 473-2226.