Library to host first Arts & Crafts Bazaar

by on October 17th, 2012

Do you enjoy creating things? Would you donate hand-made items to support the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation? The Library will host a fundraising bazaar on December 8. Donated items may be dropped off at the Library between November 26 and December 6. You can get started on your craft at one of our November workshops. Drop-in and work on your project or start something new:
Fiber/Yarn Craft
Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Second Floor Board Room

Paper Craft
Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 – 9:00 PM:
Second Floor Board Room

Get Inspired
The Library has a large collection of arts and crafts related project books. These links will take you to a list of items available in the Library’s online catalog. Place a hold on a project book with your library card today!
Fiber Craft
Paper Craft
Wire Craft

About the Event
Join us and shop for some creative, hand-made pieces from local arts and crafters at the Library’s first Arts & Crafts Bazaar:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 8.
Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library

Download a Donor Form Here

Q&A for Arts & Crafters

What kinds of things should I donate?
The Library is looking for new, handmade arts and crafts that are easily moved and transported by volunteers working at the bazaar and people purchasing items. Items should appeal to a popular audience. Ideas include:
Items for children: soft or wooden toys, blankets, bibs, hats, puppets
Items for home: decorative vases, wall hangings, pillows, ornaments, napkins, small framed art, miniatures, potholders, plates/bowls
Personal accessories: scarves, jewelry, hats, shawls, bags

Are there things that should not be donated?
We are not including any food or living plants in the sale. We cannot handle very large or very fragile items. Items must be handmade. We reserve the right to reject any items we consider not suitable for the sale.

How do I donate?
Bring your items to the Iowa City Public Library during open hours between Monday, Nov. 26 and Thursday, Dec. 6. Deliver your item(s) with an ICPL Arts and Crafts Bazaar Donation Form (download here).

How many items should I donate?
You should donate whatever you are comfortable with. Many people will only donate one item, while others may donate a dozen or more. If you are donating multiples of one kind of item, fill out one Donation Form to submit with your item(s). If you are donating more than one type of item, fill out a separate Donation Form for each type of item you are donating.

Do I have to price my item(s)?
If you would like, you may suggest a price range on the donation form. A final price will be set by bazaar volunteers.

Can I leave my business card with my item?
Yes, you are welcome to leave your business card. Please attach it to your donated item.

What if my item does not sell?
As a charitable donation to the Iowa City Public Library, item(s) will not be returned in the event that they do not sell.

Where does the money go?
Bazaar proceeds will go to the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, which supports a variety of projects at the library including adding items to the collection, programming, and the building remodeling.

NOTE: It is our understanding that the value of handmade items is not deductible as a charitable expense under current tax rules.

For more information about the Friends Foundation, visit

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