Carmel Clay Public Library and Carmel Green Initiative to host Green Gift Shop


By Audrey Bailey

With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, two Carmel organizations are working together to showcase some unique gift ideas that won’t harm the environment.

The Green Gift Shop will be open from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the program room and downstairs area of the Carmel Clay Public Library, which has partnered with the Carmel Green Initiative to host the holiday event.

According to Beth Jenneman, library communications manager, this is the second year the library has worked with Carmel Green Initiative on the event.

“This year we’re adding on our part to it, the Holiday Showcase,” Jenneman said. “We wanted to make it also entertaining and not just about the shopping.”

The library will feature several holiday themed books, and staff members will be downstairs with crafts for children and teens. Local dulcimer player, Sharon O’Connell, will perform, and refreshments will be provided.

Leslie Webb, president of Carmel Green Initiative, and Madelyn Zalon, board member, have been working together to organize the event. They have around 35 tables to fill with different local vendors, ranging from organic food outlets to repurposed, homemade mitten crafters.

“Holidays have gotten very big and very consumer oriented,” Webb said. “Sometimes we need to slow down a little bit and focus on what really matters. And, for the people that really care about the future of the planet, it’s nice to have an alternative.”

To learn more about Carmel Green Initiative and the Green Gift Shop, visit


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