October 20 • 09:34 PM

Think local library as seasons change

January 10, 2018
Have you noticed that even before all the Christmas cards and decorations in the stores were put away, Valentine's Day, and even Easter items were being displayed? For that reason, I'm taking the opportunity already this week to promote the Love Your (Local) Library event which is designed to build momentum right up to Valentine's Day.

Ruth Hughes Library is hosting it's annual silent auction beginning February 7. The event will last one week, making the final day February 13. Winners of auction items will be notified that evening so they can pick up their treasures on Valentine's Day. That way if you were the highest bidder on an item you can use it as a Valentine's gift to someone else—or maybe it can be just a little treat to yourself! New and antique items; gift certificates for goods or services; and theme-related baskets are some of the hot items which are sure to draw competitive bidding. If you've participated in the past in this fun way of raising revenue for our wonderful library, you know how exciting the bidding wars can become! You know the exhilaration of popping in every day or two to see if anyone has raised your bid, and then topping it just because you can...or...because it's for a good cause.

But I've gotten ahead of myself. First off, the Friends of the Library need donations! That's why I'm putting out this early reminder. Maybe it will happen while you're packing away your Christmas items. Maybe the winter blahs or cabin fever will set in at your house, and you'll find yourself daydreaming a little about how you can help with this. Now would be a fine time to be putting together a little something to get the ball a-rolling. Imagination is a wonderful commodity, but it takes time to simmer. Off the top of my head, I'm thinking right now of the bottle of Welch's Sparkling Grape I just saw in my coat closet—the bottle I bought "just in case anyone popped in New Year's Eve." I could donate it to the cause—let the Friends of the Library tuck it in a themed basket, or I could build around it—a candle, maybe a couple of festive glasses, maybe a seed catalog. Maybe a book. Maybe a copy of the first newspaper of the new year. Are you getting the idea?

The Ruth Hughes Library is located on Almont Ave. in Imlay City, across from the United Methodist Church. I'm sure the library staff would be thrilled to take your donation any time—probably sooner than later—so they can begin setting up for this fun event. See you there!

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Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.
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