The event will feature five yards that offer a glimpse into how folks enjoy that space

Friends of the Canby Public Library chose five yards to show off for a fundraiser this August.

The yards comprise the second annual Great Backyard and Patio Tour. They are all different, but all are near each other so that viewers can easily tour these beautiful yards from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.

The Friends raise money annually to pay for programs at the library. Without their help there wouldn't be free family cultural passes, Music in the Stacks, adult programs, family programs, monthly movie nights, outreach and programming for Spanish speakers, teen programming and the teen room and the children's summer reading program.

All of those programs cost money, which appears to increase every year. This year, Friends hopes to raise at least $22,000 to keep those programs going. That's an increase from six years ago, when Friends donated $14,000. The group holds three major fundraisers, with the Great Backyard and Patio Tour being the first. Last year's program raised $1,500 but there were some expenses so the group hopes to increase this year's tour funds to $2,000.

Of the five yards, one is a beautiful and distinctive Zen-like yard whose owner is a fabulous wood worker who has designed special wooden gates and offers some Bonsai and interesting sitting areas.

Another yard is gigantic, housing a swimming pool and a number of beautiful plants. One yard belongs to a home located on the Country Club that a person bought recently and redesigned both the front and back yards into a whimsical setting. Others feature fountains and beautiful flowers. All five will provide a host of ideas to show how people live in their yards.

Tickets for the tour are available for $15 and can be picked up at the library or Cutsforth's Thriftway before the tour.

However, there are a couple of other ways to help the Friends raise funds to help them reach $22,000. The Friends bookstore, the Book Garden, is open for business whenever the library is open. It accepts gently used new or classic books as well as DVDs, Blue Ray, CDs and audio books in good working order and magazines up to three-months old. It does not accept encyclopedias, VHS tapes, dictionaries, computer or text books or Reader's Digest.

The bookstore sales make an average of $1,100 per month for the library.

Friends also offers a Christmas Tour of Homes, this year scheduled for Dec.7.

If you're looking for other methods to provide financial support, become a Friend of the Library by applying and paying annual dues. An individual membership is $15, family membership is $25, senior is $10, student is $5, patron is $50, corporate is $100 and a lifetime is $1,000.

Friends of the Canby Library is a 501c (3) not for profit organization, so all onations are tax deductible.

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