POWASSAN – Provincial Library Week is being celebrated with the last library fundraising event of the year.
The Powassan and District Union Public Library’s fundraising committee is hard at work collecting items that will be put on the auction block next month.
“It’s the biggest fundraising event we’ve had this year. So far, we have about 88 items for our live auction,” said committee chairperson Linda Morrin. “We’re hoping to get at least 150.”
The theme of the auction is Talents and Treasures, so donations of items or gift certificates for services are welcomed.
“We have many local artists and writers who have donated their works,” explained librarian and Chief Executive Officer Marie Rosset. “It helps keep a local flavour and allows them to showcase their skills.”
Funds raised at the event are being put toward the expansion of the library, which is expected to get underway in 2016.
Of the $200,000 needed for the project, the group has raised about $25,000.
Morrin’s husband Steve will act as auctioneer during the event, as he has performed during various community events in the past. Morrin said she would like to see the auction raise a minimum of $5,000.
“With the right items, I know Steve and I can do that,” she said.
Currently, the committee has managed to collect a wide variety of items, including clothing and gift baskets, as well as gift certificates for yoga classes and construction services.
Any items donated that don’t fit the criteria of the live auction will be used as part of a silent auction, which is an ongoing fundraising project held within the library.
Another fundraising initiative this year has been the sale of raffle tickets, which was carried out with help from the local Lions Club. The ticket draw will take place prior to the start of the live auction.
“We thought it would be nice to have it all wrapped up at our last event (of the year),” Morrin explained.
Raffle tickets are available at the library. First prize is $300 donated by the Powassan Players, second prize is $200 donated by the Powassan Line Dancers, and third prize is $100 donated by Helen McDonnell.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Oct. 20, auction-goers can peruse the items up for grabs. At noon, the raffle winners will be announced, followed by the live auction. The entire event is being hosted at Mak Sports Academy, located next door to the library at 250 Clark St.
Refreshments are being provided by Piebird Bed and Breakfast.
Attendees must purchase a bidding card to participate in the sale, which promises to be fun-filled afternoon.
“You can always get a good deal, it’s exciting, and it’s for a good cause,” said Rosset.
The Powassan Library is more than just a place to store books, said Morrin.
“When I moved here 30 years ago, the library was the welcome centre,” she said. “I’m always impressed by how passionate people are about the library.”
The current location not only houses thousands of volumes, there is internet access, Sony eReaders, photo-editing software, scanning, faxing and copying available, and access to Service Ontario online services and documents.
The building is home to a yoga class, art club, a summer reading program, a knitting club and a Scrabble club. Arrangements for the addition of a youth dance class are currently in the works.
“There has been a long history of the library helping the community. Now’s the chance for the community to help the library,” said Morrin.
Anyone interested in donating an item to the auction sale can call the library at 705-724-3618.