Patrons Win Thanksgiving Giveaways from Smithfield, North Birmingham Libraries

Jesse Allen, one of the lucky winners of the Thanksgiving basket giveaway

Three patrons who checked out books at the Smithfield Branch Library during November won Thanksgiving baskets as part of a giveaway at the library November 22.

The winners are: Jesse Allen, who checked out The Color Purple; Charles Smith, who checked out a Willy Wonka book; and Demetrius Hayes, who checked out To Kill a Mockingbird. All three patrons won Thanksgiving baskets from the Smithfield Library that included a turkey, canned goods, bread rolls, celery, tomatoes, and other vegetables.

Allen said he was surprised to find out that he had won one of the Thanksgiving baskets. “I’m really excited because I never win anything,” Allen said. “Thanks to the Smithfield Library. I visit this library all of the time because I live in the community.”

Felicia Cooper’s decision to drop by the North Birmingham Regional Branch Library last week to check out Debbie Macomber’s novel, The Inn at Rose Harbor, has paid off in more ways than just giving her a good book to read.

Cooper’s name was drawn as winner in the library’s “Thanks for Being Our Patron" turkey drawing She received a 12-pound turkey, which Cooper says was unexpected.

“I’m very excited; it’s the first time I’ve ever won anything,” Cooper said in a phone interview. She has been a regular patron of the North Birmingham Library since childhood. “It’s my favorite library,” she said.