Annual Doll Clothing Sale

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Library Friend Organizes her Fashion Finale

Special to the Hampton Union

Hampton Union, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online]

HAMPTON -- Talk about making a fashionable exit.

Dot Gooby, past president of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, is currently in the midst of organizing one more doll clothing sale before she makes a move south of the Seacoast, to divide her time between Florida and the Jersey Shore.

The sale, featuring handmade clothing that fits American Girl dolls, will be held on Thursday and Friday, July 8 and 9 at the library, located on Academy Avenue in Hampton.

Hours for the sale will be 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Orders for doll clothes can be placed prior to the sale.

"They're well-made clothes, and a good value," Gooby said.

This is one of many doll clothing sales Gooby has organized for the Friends in the last several years. Proceeds raised through the sales have helped to purchase furnishings for the Children's Room, shelving, CD racks and pictures.

The Friends, originally established in 1958, ebbed and flowed throughout the decades, seeing a revival in the late 1960s that lasted to the early 1990s, until it appeared the book was closing on the organization as interest seemed to fade.

It wasn't long, however, before a new chapter was being written for the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library.

A Hampton resident since the fall of 1997, Gooby was instrumental in reviving the Friends after she was approached in 2003 by Lenore Patton, a member of the Lane Library Board of Trustees. The board knew of Gooby's association as a Friend to other libraries in towns where she had resided, and wanted to tap into her experience and dedication.

Along with a small core of fellow like-minded individuals including Diane Keyes, Linda Libbey, Linda Sadlock, etc., Gooby was more than willing to step up to the plate. And when burst heating pipes and water caused a high degree of damage to the Lane Library's Children's Room in 2004, a renewed sense of purpose and strength was generated for the Friends.

Under Gooby's leadership, the Friends held a damaged book sale and a bake sale to help raise funds to help replace items that were lost due to the flooding. As the years went by the Friends grew in numbers, as did their fund-raising efforts, including the doll clothing sales.

For these sales, Gooby is assisted by her sister Beverly, a seamstress who lives in Indiana. In between sales, her sister sews and knits a huge assortment of doll clothing and accessories, shipping them to New Hampshire several times a year.

The two sisters keep in close contact with one another, particularly as the time of a sale draws near.

"We go back and forth on the phone all the time," said Gooby, who is currently recruiting Friends volunteers to assist at the upcoming sale.

The season-spanning assortment of clothing features party and holiday dresses, pants outfits, shorts and tops, lounging pajamas, robes and nightgown sets. There also will be a sale table offering items from previous seasons.

The public is invited to check out the fashions and wish Gooby well.

The Friends of the Lane Memorial Library is a volunteer, nonprofit organization. For more information about the Friends, visit www.lanelibraryfriends.org; for more about the doll clothing sale or to find out how to place an advance order, call 926-3368.

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