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Library puts on popular fall program

Laughter, food, jewelry and fellowship filled the Ted Henry Courtyard during Thursday’s annual Fall Courtyard Café at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library.

Community members gathered to enjoy a meal from Tally Ho Restaurant and look at the hand-crafted jewelry from DeAnn Strother McGilberry, owner of Lilly Beck Jewelry.

“Courtyard Café is part of the variety of programs that the library offers to support our community,” said library director Becky Nichols. “We’re promoting sensational Selma, shopping both for food and for merchandise.”

vast collection: Paige Draime with Lilly Beck Jewelry speaks Thursday during the Selma-Dallas County Public Library’s Fall Courtyard Café.

vast collection: Paige Draime with Lilly Beck Jewelry speaks Thursday during the Selma-Dallas County Public Library’s Fall Courtyard Café.

Guests were able to enjoy their meal as they listened to Paige Draime, a Lilly Beck representative, talk to them about the jewelry and how each piece was designed and made.

“What we want to do every month is focus on this beautiful Courtyard ­— the Henry Courtyard — and bring people together in good weather and fellowship, which is our constant goal,” Nichols said.

The library has several similar events throughout the year to promote local businesses, artists and authors.

“We want to promote a merchant downtown, or an artist in this case, Lilly Beck,” Nichols said.

“[Beck] is making her own jewelry and doesn’t have a store front, but this is an opportunity for her to have a store in downtown Selma.”

The courtyard only seats 32 guests, and Nichols said that like times in the past, the library again sold out of tickets.

“The turnout is perfect,” Nichols said.

The library is hoping to continue their successful lunches with Christmas in the Courtyard, which is being held on Dec. 4.