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PRESS PHOTO BY DANA GRUBBLibrary staff and teen volunteers have been making the paper ornaments from discarded books that are available for purchase at the front desk. PRESS PHOTO BY DANA GRUBBLibrary staff and teen volunteers have been making the paper ornaments from discarded books that are available for purchase at the front desk.

Ornament sale aids debt reduction

Monday, December 10, 2018 by Dana Grubb Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Bethlehem Area Public Library is conducting a fundraiser in conjunction with Kindness is Magic Inc. to assist with paying down student lunch debt and student library fines.

“It’s really taking off and will last at least until the Christmas holiday,” said library Executive Director Josh Berk.

Berk explained that library staff and teen volunteers have been hard at work creating balls, stars and Origami trees by upcycling discarded books.

“We’re always looking for interesting things,” Berk said about the initiative, which he hopes will pay down a portion of the nearly $50,000 in library fines outstanding by K through 12 library members.

The ornaments are available at the library’s front desk and at several Bethlehem businesses, including Cactus Blue, Banana Factory, Image Evolution, the Main Street Visitors Center and Red Stag Pub. They cost $5 and Berk said some people have just been making donations to support the initiative, the proceeds of which are being shared with the Bethlehem Area School District to help pay down the school district’s lunch debt.

Those interested in placing a larger order should contact the library in advance, Berk said.