By Alex Simmons

The Boston Free Library will be hosting its Annual Summer Fundraiser from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11.

The event includes hours of fun containing food, crafts, prizes, games for kids, vendors, live music and a basket raffle.

You can’t have a fundraiser without food, so Boy Scout Troop 491 will sell hot dogs outside for $1 each. Each hot dog comes with a bottle of water and a bag of chips.

The Boston Free Library has held a Hot Dog Fundraiser for many years, but this is the third year of hosting an Art/Craft Market featuring local vendors. The vendors range from selling fine art to photography, painted glassware, pottery, jewelry, goat milk products, painted rocks, crocheted items and much more.

New to the fundraiser this year, the Friends of the Boston library will be raffling off three children’s bikes with helmets. Tickets for the raffle are only $1 each. There will be many more baskets, including wine and spirits basket which will also be raffled off. 

This year will also have yard games set up, new vendors and a large tent to allow the event to proceed rain or shine. Kat from Her Heart Barn will be bringing supplies for crafts for the little ones to do.

Along with the vendors, live music will be provided by Wise Alex.

All proceeds benefit the Boston Free Library, specifically the programming fund, which allows the library to provide educational and entertaining programs to the community free of charge. 

This summer, the library is providing preschool and toddler storytimes, a teen book club competition, all ages craft programs, music and storytelling, kids yoga, a special author visit and more.

This event brings the greater Boston area and surrounding areas together to see everything the library has to offer. The proceeds raised allow the library to continue providing valuable services to the community.

The Boston Free Library would like to thank it’s sponsors: Kirst Construction, Wegmans, Rucker Lumber, North Boston Garage as well as acknowledge generous donations received from Legislator John Mills, McKinley Wine and Spirits, Alfred W. Dye Insurance, Boston Valley Animal Hospital and Bella Pizza.

The Annual Summer Fundraiser is fun for all ages and is an eventful way to get out of the house during these hot summer days. The Boston Free Library is located at 9475 Boston State Road.