Mel Graykin of the Philbrick-James Library in Deerfield, NH has written a wonderful piece for the Concord Monitor about fundraising for libraries, public schools, and other community institutions. Below is an excerpt but you can read the entire article here.
"They started coming in just before closing time, and soon the Children's Room was filling with the fragrance of baked apples and cinnamon. It was the night before the annual Friends of the Library Pie Sale.
It's not just pies. Mary County's yeast rolls were already sold, and folks pay ahead of time to be sure they get one of Sara Kjendal's coffee cakes. The traditional turkey cookies, made from Oreos and candy corn, were always provided by Judy Hartgen, but she passed away last year. So Bob Mann stepped up and made a tray full.
Pie sales are a statewide tradition. In Deerfield, it's always the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Orford, which has two libraries, does one for Thanksgiving and one on Memorial day. In Temple, the pie sale is part of the town Harvest Festival, and Washington holds its on Columbus Day Weekend. In Thornton, they hold a bake sale every month. In Kensington, the Friends of the Library do a big book/bake/plant sale in May, the day before Mothers Day. Bartlett does a bake sale in conjunction with its Fourth of July book sale, and Chesterfield sells pies in conjunction with the firemen's annual corn roast. Gilford carries on the tradition of selling pie by the slice with ice cream on Old Home Day. Tuftonboro offers local berry cordials with its pies and even bread in the shape of a lobster."