By Mary Jane Farmer


For the Van Alstyne Leader


For some, it’s tradition. For others, it’s an opportunity.


Whatever the reason, the Friends of the Van Alstyne Library’s monthly first Saturday breakfast is a mainstay for many.


For years, the Friends of the Library organization has helped support the


library’s many projects through fundraising efforts including the buffet breakfast, which typically includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits, coffee, juice and more.


The public is invited to attend the breakfast, which is served from 7-10 a.m. at the Van Alstyne Community Center, 262 N. Preston St. The cost is $7 for adults, $2 for children. Organizing the First Saturday breakfasts is a labor of love for about 12 FOL volunteers.


Friends of the Library President Arnold Barrett and volunteer Doti Izzy shop for supplies the day before event. Later that evening, they set up the dining room, including the many tables and chairs needed to accommodate diners.


At about 6 a.m. Saturday morning, the volunteers begin cooking and decorating. They stay about an hour after the last breakfast is served to clean up.


Barrett explained that the breakfasts are sponsored by area businesses and other local organizations. American Legion’s James Adams Post 376 sponsored the Jan. 4 breakfast.


El Patio Escondido Mexican restaurant will sponsor the February and April events. Other businesses and organizations have already signed up to sponsor the event in coming months, and Barrett said there are spots available for sponsorships later in the year.


A major project that FOL is working on is the 50th anniversary the Van Alstyne Public Library, which is scheduled during the week of May 11-16.


The organization also helps to raise fund for the library’s special programs including the Summer Reading program, Literacy Outreach at the Railcar Farmers Market and Grayson Crisis Center and building renovations and repairs, among others.


“There are various ways to donate,” Barrett said, “including … rummage sales, the spring and fall book sales and the well-attended car show. That could be rescheduled this year from its former July date to beat the heat, but that’s not a certainty yet.”


This year, the Christmas Tour of Homes will also be held. The fundraiser that is scheduled every other year.


The Friends of the Library meet at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Van Alstyne Library, 151 W. Cooper St. New and potential volunteers are welcome to attend.