Books

Emmalee Lawlor looks at books in April during the Friends of the Natrona County Library Book Sale early-bird sale.

Elysia Conner, Star-Tribune

Downtown Casper will be abuzz this Saturday as holiday festivities hit full stride.

The seasonal used book sale in the basement of the Natrona County Public Library is the popular bag sale, with loads of gift giving opportunities awaiting.

The sale runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Canvas tote bags brought by shoppers may be filled for $5, while plastic grocery bags full of books and other media will be $3 each. Over-sized personal tote bags may require an additional charge as judged by the volunteer cashiers. Other items for sale in addition to books include movies, music, puzzles and magazines. The sale will accept cash, local checks and PayPal, as well as credit and debit cards.

The Friends of the Library have upped their marketing game prior to this sale, suggesting Pinterest-type gifting and decorating activities like “Advent Books,” giving a child one book each day of Advent to count down to Christmas.

And they suggest using used and inexpensive books as household holiday decorating items as well, covering books in the same color of paper and “tenting” them on a mantle or shelf or stacking them largest to smallest to resemble trees.

This is the last book sale until spring, so it’s the perfect opportunity to choose reading materials for yourself to get through the winter or to give as gifts.

Meanwhile, the Casper Downtown Business Association has released its December schedule, which begins with Santa’s Workshop this Saturday. Market Square, 232 E. Second St., will be the location. All Santa’s Workshop activities are free, with the exception of the fundraiser Dec. 16.

Hours this Saturday are noon to 4 p.m. There will be a Salvation Army Angel tree on site for those who are able to choose a tag and give a gift.

Special needs children are welcome at the workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 9, and all children will be welcome from noon to 4 p.m. Puppies with Santa is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 16. Photos are $10, with money going to the Casper Humane Society. All children are then welcome from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 16.

The final first Thursday Casper Art Walk of the year will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7. It is the popular Chocolate Walk, with samples of chocolate deliciousness being offered by many downtown merchants.

Pick up an Art Walk map at Sierra West on Center Street or Fashion Crossroads on Second Street, stroll through participating downtown stores, enjoying great specials and chocolate treats along the trail. Maps must be turned in at Cadillac Cowgirl or Rubenesque by Saturday for the chance to win a great prize. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Prize passports are also available at David Street Station, where you can make free s’mores while ingredients last and enjoy the fire pits.

Special featured locations at the Art Walk include The Table, Scarlows Gallery and Frontier Brewing. Visit CasperArtWalk.com for updated news about the Art Walk.

Also, beginning on Dec. 7, numerous downtown merchants will take part in “Late ‘Til 8,” staying open until 8 pm. on Thursdays in December.

Follow community news editor Sally Ann Shurmur on Twitter @WYOSAS

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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