Kay Guinn, left, and Debra Grace, check out the ornaments at the residence of Crispina and Marcial Hernandez during the annual Chautauqua Literary and
Kay Guinn, left, and Debra Grace, check out the ornaments at the residence of Crispina and Marcial Hernandez during the annual Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Club s Christmas Tour of Homes last week. A total of four residences and one facility were featured during the tour. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Library of Graham. (Julianne Murrah)
Four residences and one facility opened up to let the community enjoy a bit of Christmas during the Chautuatqua Literary and Scientific Club’s Christmas Tour of Homes Wednesday afternoon.

“For the weather to be like it is, we were really pleased with the turnout,” said Nann Hale, CLSC Christmas Tour cochair.

A total of 274 people took in the Christmas sights, and the ticket sales raised $2,750, which will benefit the Library of Graham. The library will use the funds for the Dolly Pardon Imagination Library, a national program that was adopted locally at the library in 2007.

Funds will also be put in the library’s general fund. Library director Sherrie Gibson said that they tour usually brings close to $3,000 per year.

“Usually I try to take half of it and put it to the Imagination Library Program that we have, and the rest of it goes in general fund which is used to buy books, computer equipment and whatever we need. But, I try to spend it on books,” Gibson said. “The Imagination Library Program is an awesome program. Any child from birth to age five in Young County can be signed up for the program and they receive a book a month from the program mailed at no cost to them. Each kid gets a book.”

Read the entire story in Wednesday's edition of The Graham Leader.