2020 Chocolate Extravaganza
Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate, all for five bucks, is what patrons can expect during the Friends of the Library 2020 Chocolate Extravaganza. The Southeast Arkansas Regional Library, Monticello Branch, 114 West Jefferson Avenue, along with the Friends of the Library are selling homemade chocolate boxes for Valentine's Day in the largest fundraiser they do every year for the Monticello Branch Library.
According to Elizabeth Newman, Monticello Branch Library Manager, the funds raised provide new books for the children's collection, the entire summer reading program, the Boo-Walk and other miscellaneous events throughout the year.
The Library plans on extending and continuing the Boo-Walk for Halloween after its success this year, according to Newman.
The summer reading program is one of the biggest programs offered through the library and is available for free to local children.
This year the theme of the summer reading program will be "Imagine your story" and will be full of fairy tales and folklore. The library has already begun to plan the program and has a magician, along with other entertainers planned for the festivities.
Friends of the Library have 40 to 50 community volunteer chocolate makers, according to Newman, who hand make the chocolate for the event and include recipes for fudge, the most popular recipe, and coconut clusters, among others. The Library and Friends of the Library ask that those with allergies be aware that the chocolate is all homemade and cannot be guaranteed to be allergen free or cross contaminated with allergens.
After making the chocolate the organization boxes up close to 15 or so pieces of chocolate per box with the help of the UAM Volleyball team.
Tickets for the event are available now through the Friends of the Library or at the Library and will remain on sale through Feb. 14. Tickets can be purchased for $5 and then traded in for a box of 15 or so chocolates on Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extra boxes are made and can still be purchased on the fourteenth until sold out. For more information or to volunteer to help, call the library at 870-367-8583.