Countdown to silent library auction

Submitted by Cathy Howard

Friends of the library

Golf rounds, pottery from local artists, books, dog grooming, homemade baking, gardening tools, bike gear, spa products, art supplies, coffee, chocolate, knitting, quilting, home decor and gift certificates for Valley’s many businesses are just a few of the dozens of items generously donated by businesses and individuals to the Friends of the Library (FOL) Christmas Silent Auction.

The online auction site is The site will go live at 8 a.m. on November 20 and close at 5 p.m. on November 30.

FOL volunteers worked tirelessly to assemble over 100 lots for the auction. “Fundables, an online fundraising platform from Fairmont, hosts the auction site and was extremely helpful in working with volunteers to set up the auction,” said Cathy Howard of FOL. Photographs and descriptions of each item will be on the site during the ten days of the auction. Bidders will need to verify again to bid again to win this item, either for themselves or as a Christmas present for someone else.

This year, FOL received a grant of $ 750 from the Columbia Basin Trust. The condition of the grant was that it be used to support our business community by buying locally. “Unsurprisingly, we had no trouble bringing in volunteers for shopping,” Howard joked. The prizes created with the grant money are substantial, varied and will appeal to a diverse group of people.

This auction and the big summer book sale are the main fundraising events for the library. The silent auction would not be possible without the generosity of donors, the lively auctions of the community and the dedication of volunteers. FOL looks forward to making a generous donation to the library again to support the expansion of the collection and the many community outreach programs run by the library.

Ready! Adjust! Visit the library’s silent auction site!

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