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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Relay for Life 2011

Since 2003 there has been a Relay for Life event in the Des Plaines/Park Ridge area. Every year the library has had a team participating in the Relay. Our team name is the Book Babes (of course, the team isn’t made up of just women—men are on our team too!).

See the moon shining in that picture? Relay for Life is an overnight community event. At least one member from each team needs to be walking on the track from 6:30pm until 5:30am. This is to symbolize that the battle against cancer never sleeps so for one night we won’t sleep either.

Every Book Babe Relays for a different reason—maybe they’re walking in support of a friend or family member, or in member of a loved one. But the Book Babes all walk in support of our fellow coworkers who are cancer survivors. We also walk to remember our good friends and coworkers who are no longer with us, Barbara Saletnik and Kathy Kyrouac.

We fundraise during the year by holding bake sales for the library staff as well as having Denim Dayz, where staff has the ability to wear jeans (and lots of pink!) to work in exchange for a small donation.

Every Book Babe also fundraises individually. The money that we raise goes to the American Cancer Society, which puts the money towards research, early detection, and education as well as help to those who have cancer (like giving rides to patients who have no way to get to treatment).

As captain of the Book Babes, Cheryl Gladfelter is very proud of the 14 library staff members and their families who donate their time and energy to represent the library in our community.

If you are looking for a fantastic event to go to on Friday, come on out to Relay! Bring your friends and family. Different teams will be selling items like Walking Tacos, candy, and homemade root beer. If you know someone that is a cancer survivor, please encourage them to come to the event because we want to honor and recognize our survivors. The fun will be happening at Maine West High School on the track this Friday, June 24th. The opening ceremony starts at 6pm. The closing ceremony will be Saturday, June 25th at 5:30am.

The library’s Book Babes hope to see you there! We’ll be at campsite 6, so please stop by and say hi!


  1. Veronica De Fazio - Relay for Life ChairJune 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    The library has always had one of the most spirited, energetic teams at the Relay. The Book Babes have really this community event and for several years have raised over $5000. I can't wait to have some of Grandma Pat's homemade root beer.

    And if anyone is looking for a good meal in Des Plaines tomorrow night, the Relay is the place to be. Italian beef, meatball and pulled pork sandwiches as well as Skyline Coney dogs will be available in the concession stand. Bring your appetite and support a good cause!

  2. There will also be Magic Cookie Bars at the Book Babes campsite! It looks like we'll have a great cool evening. See you there.

  3. Hooray for Magic Cookies Bars! I'd be at Relay just for those, honestly, but rumor has it I will be (vocally) filling in for the bagpipe player. Can't wait to see everyone at this amazing event.

  4. my question: who will be queen this year?

  5. Aww I can't believe I missed it :(


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