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Rice Lake Red Scarves Fundraiser

 

RICE LAKE MARCH TO END SEXUAL ASSAULT: RED SCARVES PROJECT

Calling all knitters! 

Wisconsin Reads “The Round House” is looking for area knitters who are willing to donate their time in knitting red scarves to help raise funds for End Domestic Violence Barron County and the Oakwood Haven at LCO. If you would like to knit red scarves for the fund-raiser, please drop by the Barron Public Library or the Rice Lake Public Library to receive yarn from librarians Sue Christenson (Barron) and Claire Parrish (Rice Lake). With over 51 years of knitting experiences, fiber artist Cathy Amdall of Barron Wisconsin has provided patterns, while area outlets such as North Wind Book and Fiber of Spooner have donated red yarn for the projects. Others interested in donating yarn should contact UW-Barron County intern Rebecca Gibbs (gibbsr@barron.k12.wi.us), a Library Aid for Riverview Middle School and Barron Public Library working in collaboration on the fundraiser with Kristy Moran, Vice-President of End Domestic Abuse Barron County.

Knitting Patterns: 

Collingwood Cowl     Garland Cowl    Ithacowl   Triune

 “A March to End Sexual Assault” will kick off Wisconsin Reads The Round House: An NEA Big Read on March 10th from 3-6 PM, in Rice Lake. The March will begin at the Rice Lake Public Library at 3 PM for sign making, with the march beginning at 4 PM and a Big Read celebration with speakers, music, and a fundraiser featuring red scarves to benefit local women’s advocacy groups following at 4:30 PM at Badger Brew Coffee House. The film Wind River, depicting the rape and murder of a young Native American woman on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, will be shown at the library prior to the march a 12:30, followed by a discussion.

Author Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, a band of the Anishinaabe, wrote The Round House in the voice of thirteen-year-old boy named Joe, whose mother has been brutally raped. The novel explores how the rape affects not just the victim, but family members and their tribal community as well. In recognition of all women who have endured forms of physical and sexual abuse, Wisconsin Reads The Round House volunteers will knit red scarves available to purchase prior to the march. The red scarves are symbolic of the red cape or shawl that Native American Women wear to represent survivors of sexual assault. Proceeds from the sale of the scarves will benefit End Domestic Abuse Barron County