Fundraising auction set for November 30 at Linton Public Library

Monday, November 22, 2010

Look for a fundraising auction featuring several one-of-a-kind items to hit the Linton Public Library on Nov. 30.

The Linton Public Library has received many autographed items -- which include some photos authenticating signature -- through the industrious and hard work of Ruby Moon-Houldson, explains a Linton Public Library press release.

The items will be auctioned off at 6:30 p.m. during a fundraising event Nov. 30 at the library with funds raised going to the Children's Department.

Moon-Houldson explained how she got the idea for the fundraiser.

"After meeting with over 50 Hollywood actors and best-selling authors out in California (earlier this month), and hearing what they had to say about getting started early on making your dreams come true, I decided that in our area we do not foster that ideal enough," she said. "So, what better place to start with molding future writers and maybe even actors than with our young people."

However, in order to hold writing workshops and other such programs, resources would be needed in order to cover the costs of such programs, Moon-Houldson explained.

"Therefore, I decided to ask my fellow authors if they would be willing to send autographed items to put into an auction to raise money for the children's/young people's department of our library," she said.

Since then, she's heard back from several authors, agents and inside contacts.

"Over the past few years I've met and spoken with several of the authors whose items will be included in the auction. In turn, I have sent, and will continue to send, my own autographed items to them when they hold fundraisers, etc.," she added.

She also encouraged local writers and photographers to hold workshops at the library.

"I urge those in our area to offer of their time to hold writing or photography workshops for the young people at the library at no cost," she said in the press release. "In the past I have offered writing workshops in the area at no cost and I had a lot of fun. It is important that we give of ourselves at times in order to foster hope in our young people and to help them build upon the gifts that are housed within. This I learned from my hero and wonderful friend, Hollywood actor Leonard Nimoy."

The auction will include many books from best-selling authors such as: Robin Cook, Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, R. L. Stine, Michael Palmer, Nicholas Sparks with a picture, Ken Follett with a picture, a signed picture of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, a DVD signed by Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter) and a 1:18 scale die cast Captain America car signed by Stan Lee, with more items on the way.

Additionally, a handmade quilt is being donated by Jenine Stearns and the proceeds from it will go to support adult programming.

A complete list of items will be placed on the Linton Public Library's website and pieces will be added as they arrive. No bids will be taken before the fundraiser and all items must be paid for by cash or check. Bids may only be placed by adults aged 18 and over. The items may be viewed beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30. The auctioneer will be Monty McKim and light refreshments will be served.

This is a special event and is separate from the Chair-ity auction -- which ended Nov. 19.

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