The Friends of the Holly Township Library are conducting a silent auction of book-themed gift baskets now through December 11 to raise money to support the summer reading program for area kids.
Friends of the Library president Pat Pfenning said that they hope the silent auction will again be one of the most successful fundraisers the organization holds to support the library.
“We have book sales throughout the year,” Mrs. Pfenning said, “though we only make around half as much money as we used to from those. The silent auction is very popular and helps us pay for the speakers and other programs during the summer.”
In addition to supporting community reading programs, they also sponsor a scholarship program for Holly High School students to assist college-bound students with textbook costs.
“Every recipient of our scholarship program has always responded to us on how their first year at school went,” said Mrs. Pfenning.
The Friends of the Library have about 20 members, and although they are a tight-knit and dedicated group, all of the members are over 70 years old and want to invite new community members to help support the library and bring new ideas and energy.
“We really have a wonderful library here in Holly, and it doesn’t really feel like work at all when we see a room full of kids learning and reading,” Mrs. Pfenning explained.
The group also volunteers elsewhere in the community, most notably as the hosts for the George Washington Day dinner each year.
The Friends meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Library.
Bids on the silent auction items can be made at the Library during regular hours until December 11.