Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

Local schools are celebrating Dr. Seuss this week with reading activities. The Friends of the Fortuna Library are continuing the excitement of reading with their annual book sale at the Fortuna Veterans Memorial Building in Fortuna on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. and running throughout the chicken cacciatore and polenta dinner. Dinner will be prepared by renowned local chef Milton Conley will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and available for takeout.

Dinner tickets are on sale at the Fortuna Library Thursday, Friday and Saturday prior to the event during library hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, $35 for a couple, and $5 for children under 12 years of age. Tickets will include a membership to the Friends of the Fortuna Library and that membership can be used to receive a 10 percent discount off all books at the event sale.

There will be special book sections including history, older biographies, cookbooks, and collectible books. This will be above and beyond the usual best sellers and children's books. The annual book sale has been so successful and in such demand that the Fortuna Library created a year-round book sale rack that helps supplement the library's needs.

There will be art by local students from high school to grade school displayed at the book sale.

Due to the Friends' support, the library is able to buy books, fund programs, and purchase materials needed to provide the continued variety.

The Friends of the Fortuna Library is a nonprofit organization stating, “We are dedicated to supporting and enhancing Fortuna's Memorial Library. Our revenues derive from book sales, donations and member support.” The FFL also sponsor and support the Grandparents and Books program in addition to the summer reading program for children.

FFL holds their meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. You can find the meetings times, dates, and minutes posted in the library located at 753 14th Street in Fortuna. Friends of the Redwood Libraries have generously provided a web home for the group. FFL can be found at www.eurekafrl.

org/fortuna or at the Fortuna Library home page Friends of the Fortuna Library link.

According to FFL's website, the group provides “adult, children's and teen magazines, newspapers, music CDs, family videos, self-help resources, job enhancement information, adult literacy materials, new fiction and non-fiction in English and Spanish, and much more.”

Library boosters can obtain FFL memberships at the library or through the mail. There is no obligation to attend meetings or help with FFL events throughout the year, although volunteers are always needed for the annual book sale, grandparents & books, library, Fortuna Library Day, and maintain the website.

”We have a great ancestry program at the library that is provided by the Friends,” Cooper said. “It is ancestry.

com and is beyond what you can get for free on the Internet. Anyone can come down and research their family lines. This is a great tool and we are grateful for the annual membership from the FFL.”

The Fortuna Library has weekly activities for children. Tuesday is Grandparents and Books with Cynthia Cooke, Thursday is Story Time with Umpqua Bank staff, and Friday is Preschool Story Time with the Library.

VITA is currently at the Fortuna Library helping with taxes. VITA is volunteer Tax Preparers trained and certified in the VITA program and will eFile your taxes for free. They can help you get the tax breaks you qualify for and may not know about. Appointments are available in English or with Spanish speaking assistance. There are two days left for appointments on March 14 and April 3, and all tax help is by appointment at 441-1001.

If you have any questions about the Fortuna Library you can contact Chris at 725-3460. Help is needed to set up on Friday afternoon March 8 and the day of the sale. To help with the book sale, contact Dale Harris at 725-2963.