People sort puzzles for the Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society’s annual Puzzle Sale last year. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

People sort puzzles for the Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society’s annual Puzzle Sale last year. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Donations needed for annual library puzzle sale fundraiser in Chilliwack

Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society is looking for donations of used and new puzzles

What do you do with a jigsaw puzzle you’ve finished and packed away?

You take it out and donate it to the Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society’s annual Puzzle Sale.

Starting Jan. 2, members of the society will be collecting gently used puzzles for its upcoming Puzzle Sale which runs Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Sardis Library.

You can drop off your puzzles – be it jigsaw puzzles, kids puzzles, floor puzzles, 3D puzzles, as long as there are no missing pieces – to the Sardis Library from Jan. 2 to 27. Coupons will be given for the number of puzzles you bring in, which allows you to buy the same amount back at half-price during this year’s sale.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event. Twenty years ago, the Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society brought in more than $500 from its inaugural puzzle sale fundraiser, and since then it has exploded.

In 2019, more than 14 times that amount was raised for a whopping $8,223.90. There were more than 3,000 puzzles to choose from last year.

Puzzle Sale prices for 2020 are: standard kids puzzles $1 to $3; kids 3D, storybook and floor puzzles are $3 to $8; regular adult puzzles are $2 to $4; high-quality puzzles will be $4 to $6; regular 3D puzzles are $4 to $10; and new puzzles will be $1 or $2 dollars more than the above prices.

The 2020 Puzzle Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1.

All of the money raised from the sale will go towards programs and items for our three libraries – Chilliwack, Sardis and Yarrow. In the past, the friends have purchased books, LEGO, artwork, furniture for children’s areas of the libraries, and more.

The Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society is a volunteer organization that supports the library through advocacy, fundraising and assistance with various projects and programs.

READ MORE: Jan. 31, 2019 • Friends get ready for annual Puzzle Sale fundraiser in Chilliwack

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