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November 17, 2018

Hello Crafters!
The Friends of the Conant Public Library in Sterling, Massachusetts would like to invite you to participate in our fair this year on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
The fair will be held in the parish hall of First Church in Sterling. The town is centrally located from Routes 2, I-190, 12 and 140.  The church is conveniently located in the town center facing the common.  The timing and location of the fair will capitalize on the town's country setting during the beautiful fall season when holiday shoppers are looking for wonderful gifts.
The fair is a popular and well-attended event in our town. In recent years, attendance has ranged from 375 – 480.  The event will be advertised in various print media and online resources.  For the convenience of our craftspeople and our attendees, a café will be available and will provide breakfast, lunch and dessert items.
Space will be limited to approximately 24 craftspeople and is available on a first come-first served basis. To minimize competition among our participants and provide a wide variety of merchandise, we use a rolling jury process and will be limiting the number of participants in specific categories (i.e. knitting, jewelry, etc.).  In lieu of sending photos of your items, we’re asking you to provide a link to your website, if you have one. If you do not and have not been a participant of our fair in the past, please send photos of your items with your registration form.

There are 20 booths of 8'x8' and 4 smaller spaces of 8'x5'.  The table size for each space is 8'x30."  Each space will include a table and two chairs. There is no electricity available for any of the spaces. The cost for the larger space is $60 and the smaller space is $50.
A registration form is below. Please return the registration form with your check as soon as possible via USPS Mail to Friends of the Conant Public Library, PO Box 803, Sterling, MA 01564. Spaces will not be reserved without payment.

Please feel free to forward the information about our fair to any other craftspeople you know who might be interested in participating.
Best Regards,
The Friends of the Conant Public Library Board

Friends of the Library FAQ
Q. Who are the Friends of the Library?
A. The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that supports the Library, its staff and patrons. Members are residents of the surrounding towns who appreciate our Library and care about its future well being.
Q. What do Friends do?
A. Friends raise money through membership dues and various fundraisers in order to purchase equipment and furnishings for the Library, increase the annual book purchase budgets, provide special programs such as the young children's programs and museum passes.
Q. How do Friends raise needed funds?
A. Friends uses a number of vehicles to raise funds. The most important are membership dues from new and renewal memberships and an annual fundraiser.
Q. How can you help?
A. Friends encourages contributing your financial resources through your patron, sponsor or friends membership as tax dollars are not always sufficient to do everything the Library needs to accomplish. But more importantly, Friends needs people to bring their time, talent and ideas to the various committees that do the work of the Friends or volunteer to help for specific activities.
Q. When do the Friends meet?
A. The second Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the library.

Q. How can I contact the Friends?