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Bookmarks is a volunteer organization that provides funding for children's and teen programs and special events at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library. The monies raised through its popular events – Blackie’s Hay Day, Teddy Bear Tea and the Wreath Silent Auction - pay for programs and materials for children and teens. These include for the Children’s Room, the ever-popular Baby Bounce, Preschool Story Time, Toddler Story Time, and Cocoa Hour Book Clubs, as well as movie nights, monthly puppet shows, live theater and other professional performances in the Founders Room. Teen Programs include the Teen Book Club, movie nights,craft and game programs, social events and the Teen Homework Lounge.
2014 Executive Committee
Megan Escher, President
Allison Hart, Vice President
Stacy Achuck, Treasurer
Caroline Kesmodel, Secretary
Elizabeth Wilhelm, Communications Manager
Tina Davis & Ariane Nalty Zewe, Public Relations
Amy Manning, Programming Liaison
Allison Hart and Afsaneh Zolfaghari, Blackie’s Hay Day Co-Chairs
Monica Coleman, Teddy Bear Tea Co-Chair
Gilly Morrell and Whitney Morgan, Wreath Silent Auction Co-Chairs
Bookmarks was founded in 1994, at a time when the Belvedere-Tiburon Library was no more than a small room next to the post office. The ‘children’s area’ was simply one table with a few chairs. That year a movement was underway to build a new library and fundraisers were beginning to take place. Barbara Morrison, a newcomer and young mother, and her best friend and long-time resident, Katie Burke, decided to get involved. They hosted a luncheon to educate “young mothers” about the plans underway for the library. A group of more than 40 women, largely Belvedere Nursery School mothers, came to lunch at Katie’s house. After a presentation by Genny Chapman, Sharon Bass and Sabra Drohan, almost everyone present agreed to participate in a new group to help raise money to build the library. A few weeks later, in Barbara’s living room, the Bookmarks came in to existence.
Barbara became Bookmarks’ first president and remained so for the next three years. “It was not something I set out to do,” explains Barbara. “But, I was new to the area and had small children who loved visiting their local library. I realized the possibility of there being other young mothers, like myself, who would also be interested in raising funds for the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.”
Bookmarks contributed to the building effort by organizing a series of very successful and lively fundraising events including a ‘Booze Cruise’ on the Angel Island Ferry. The Bookmarks also took over selling tile (book spines) in the children’s room. Once the Library opened in 1997, Bookmarks turned its focus to supporting specifically the children’s program.
Bookmarks has maintained its momentum by recruiting volunteers from local nursery schools, and in recent years, has broadened its scope to include all volunteers interested in supporting the children’s programs of the Belvedere-Tiburon library. Bookmarks also provides something equally as significant: a vibrant, supportive group of people who want to enhance and better our community for everyone.
Today Bookmarks continues to thrive. The group hosts two, family-oriented fundraisers a year: Blackie’s Hay Day, held at Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon and the Teddy Bear Tea/Wreath Auction, which takes place each December at the library.
Blackie's Hay Day (September)
This eagerly-awaited event for the whole community is held every year in the fall at Blackie’s pasture. It’s an old fashioned country fair with pony rides, relay races, toy tractor rides, carnival games, jumpies, a climbing wall, a petting zoo as well as entertainment and food. It a family event with something for kids of all ages to enjoy.
The event attracts over 2,000 people from all over Marin County. The funds raised and good will engendered all support the Belvedere-Tiburon Library’s children and teen programs and services.
Teddy Bear Tea (December)
Each December, the Bookmarks hosts a Teddy Bear Tea for young children and their families in the Library’s Founders’ Room. Piping hot cocoa, savory eats and festive treats greet little guests at their beautifully decorated tables. A sing along with a special visiting elf and holiday stories read by the children’s librarian, Alicia Bell, complete the day.
Wreath Silent Auction (November-December)
Each year, Bookmarks’ members, friends and local designers create whimsical, dramatic and playful wreaths as a benefit for the Library. The wreaths are bid on during a two-week silent auction period in December. The auction closes with a celebration.
Wreaths are sold to the highest bidder. Wreaths are displayed at Corner Books during the silent auction period. The bid book is kept at the front counter.
There are many opportunities to support Bookmarks: serve on one of the event planning committees, participate in an event as a volunteer, or sponsor an event. Bookmarks meetings take place once a month at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.
To find out how you can become involved in Bookmarks, contact Stacey Crawford at email@example.com.