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Linton Public Library to conduct 'Chair-ity' fundraiser

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Linton Public Library is asking you to take part in its "Chair-ity Fundraiser."

Library Director Shelley Williams provided details on the fundraiser -- which will help cover the matching portion of a grant the library has received.

"The Linton Public Library has been awarded a USDA grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," she explained.

These funds were made available just for libraries and this grant will purchase additional shelving for the Linton Public Library. Extra shelving has been a need in the building since it was constructed.

"A match of just over $4,000 is required of the library for this grant, so the library will be having several fundraising events to fund this," Williams said, noting the first fundraiser is the Chair-ity.

"The idea is to get 20 individuals, organizations, groups or businesses to commit to taking on a chair and decorating or restructuring it so that it can be auctioned off to the highest bidder," she explained.

From now through Sept. 30, the library is asking local businesses and individuals to take part in the fundraiser. So far, 10 have signed up.

The library also needs donations of unused or unwanted chairs that are in relatively good condition. Donations can be adult or children's wooden chairs, benches or stools.

"The library must have them in house so they can be given to the person(s) who will decorate them," Williams added.

Chairs will be delivered for decorating on Oct. 3.

"They can be decorated, painted, decoupaged, stained, stenciled. ... They can even be taken apart and reassembled as a work of art or as something else useful," Williams said, noting chairs will be auctioned off to raise funds and should be acceptable for family viewing.

On Nov. 1, chairs will be collected to be put on display and the silent auction will begin.

"If a business or organization wishes to have their chair on display in their building, we will do that or they can be viewed at the library," she said. "If we have chairs on display at other locations, a map will be created which can be picked up at the library so visitors or residents can find them."

Organizations or businesses can put their brochures with their chair.

Chairs will be awarded on Nov. 19 -- which is also the final day of the auction.

"This is to allow highest bidders to have time to pick up the chairs and have them for the holidays -- if they wish to give them as gifts. There will be a special award for the person(s) who decorate the chair that is sold for the highest amount," Williams explained.

Several individuals, some businesses and a few Linton-Stockton High School student groups have signed up so far, but Williams would like at least 10 more to participate.

She also encouraged participants to challenge others to take part in the fundraiser.

Williams credited the library staff for thinking of the idea.

She also said the 'Chair-ity' will be a fun way to help raise funds for the library and create wonderful items that can be kept or given as gifts for the holidays.

If you wish to donate a loved, but no longer needed chair, or would like to sign up for the fundraiser call the library at 847-7802.

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