Cook was among the dozen women working to "fluff and stuff" the many donated baskets at the library earlier this month. They fill in with extra items, if needed, to make sure all baskets contain at least one book, video or compact disc. It is, after all, a literary-themed basket -- even the bright pink and green Lily Pulitzer basket stuffed with paper napkins, paper plates, quilted tote bag, wine glasses, visor and more has a book.
Likewise, there's a cookbook tucked into an overflowing basket full of edibles from Trader Joe's, a national food chain with no outlets in West Virginia.
"There's enough for three or four meals, plus cocktail munchies," Morgan pointed out.
Corduroy Bear books and related items spill from another basket given by an aunt in honor of her niece. The aunt brought her niece to the library's children department, where the child had so much fun she protested when it was time to leave.
Jane McEldowney's granddaughters wanted to help the library, so they gave their gently used dress-up outfits to stock a white wicker basket with costumes and jewelry for many hours of playing pretend.
And there's glamour in the package worth $700 donated by Contemporary Gallery, which includes a desk chair, picture frames and a wire wastepaper basket. "We call it Organized Executive Goes Glamorous -- it's for a woman," Morgan said.
There's more. The Ridges subdivision on Corridor G has a wine club, which has donated 25 bottles of wine that will be the raffle prize.
"We're calling it Instant Wine Cellar," Morgan said.
Tickets to the basket auction are $30 in advance; $35 at the door. They may be purchased at www.kanawhalibrary.org or contact Lois Payne at 304-343-4646, ext. 283.
The event is sponsored by Kanawha Valley Advertising, Karen and John Lukens, Steve and Katy White, the Calwell Practice and KISRA.
Reach Rosalie Earle at ea...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5115.