CANTON - As usual, the Canton Green Free Library didn't have to wait until Christmas for its present this year.

The annual Silver Tea fundraiser was held Friday, and librarian Cathy Golder said it was a big success with more than $1,200 raised to buy new books.

During the annual event by the Friends of the library, people make donations that are used to pay for books in honor of or in memory of someone.

This year, some high school students helped decorate the windows, Golder said.

"They did great," she commented.

She thought the library looked "gorgeous" and "very beautiful" for the Silver Tea.

Cookies, punch and tea were available for the attendees.

Kathleen Nelsen noted how important the donations were, due to different cutbacks the library experiences.

Angie Schoonover of Canton was going to donate a book that was written by her brother, Neil Hepler, about the "adoption journey" of her son, William, who was born in Texas.

It's called "Little Lord William: The Big Adventure (Little Lord William Le'Spud) (Volume 1)" and is available on

The website describes the book as "a story of a small sweet potato named William Le'Spud as he is adopted by a loving family who takes him on a grand adventure."

In a note at the beginning of the book, Hepler writes how photos of the baby showed the baby wrapped in a silver thermal blanket, and how, recalling a quote from a movie, the family pictured him as "a little baked potato, wrapped in foil." He wrote that the nickname for the baby then became "quite obvious."

Schoonover attended the event with her child.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: