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Matilda’s March Madness, St. Patty’s Day at the Eagles

Matilda, our alter-ego at the Gibson Memorial Library, derives from a Germanic expression meaning “strength in battle.” Our namesake is Matilda J. Gibson – mother to Jane Phillips – after whom the library is named. Our loyal volunteers are battling to build on Matilda and Jane’s legacy, and March 17 will mark their mightiest feat to date.

That evening at 6 p.m., Matilda’s warriors will open the doors of Creston Eagles Club to our St. Patrick’s Day gala, and have planned an evening of fine holiday fare, fiddle music, with a trove of baskets, quilts and antiques up for auction. Creston City Councilman Terry Freeman is master of ceremonies and West and Frey are taking the bids. Brandi and Wade Sick, Penny Cheers and the Hargrove Family Bluegrass Band will provide musical entertainment. Matilda’s warriors will serve your choice of corned beef and cabbage or beef burgers, with sides and desserts.

The baskets up for auction are on display at the library, and include gifts from Create Creston, Salon G, 3’s Company, Carroll Family Chiropractic, the YMCA, Friends of the Library and many other gracious area sponsors. There are Iowa State, Iowa, and SWCC baskets. Connie Maxson and Susan Weight prepared sumptuous Irish and Italian baskets, Ann Coulter patterned a spectacular “book” quilt and Fredericksen Memorial donated a Bible history quilt made in 1929 by the ladies of the World Wide Guild of Creston First Baptist Church.

Tickets are $25 or $30 at the door, with tables of eight available for $180, and can be purchased at the library. With such fine food, entertainment and fellowship in store, it will be a pleasure to come out and support Matilda’s warriors in their battle to build an addition to Gibson Memorial Library. Our capital campaign committee has hosted several successful events since its September 2016 kickoff, and will continue to deliver events and programming that keep our plans in the public eye.

So join us at the Eagles on St. Patty’s Day, join Creston Friends of the Library, like our Gibson Memorial Library Facebook page, check out our new books and materials and let us know what you’d like to see at your local library. Matilda and her warriors proudly advance literacy, technology and cultural programming in Creston and Union County, but we need your support to make it happen!

Finally, the library staff and Creston Friends of the Library extend our deepest sympathies to the Ritter family, as they and we mourn the unexpected passing of Kay Ritter. Kay and her husband, Ed, have been great supporters of Gibson Memorial Library for many years, and Kay will be dearly missed by her friends and family. I already miss visiting with her at the library about what she and her granddaughter were up to, and the love she brought to those Valentine’s Day cookie bouquets will never be surpassed.

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