Salem City Li­brary plans an­nual li­brary auc­tion

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - Evan Ward, Salem City Li­brary Board Chair

The Salem City Li­brary, a cen­ter of learn­ing and shar­ing, will spon­sor its an­nual Salem Days Li­brary Auc­tion on Satur­day, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. The auc­tion fea­tures pre­miere do­na­tions from busi­nesses in Salem and south­ern Utah County as well as from gen­er­ous in­di­vid­u­als who know how vi­tal pro­ceeds from the func­tion are to the suc­cess of li­brary pro­grams through­out the year.

Pro­ceeds from the auc­tion, which raised $12,000 last year, ben­e­fit a grow­ing num­ber of li­brary ini­tia­tives planned un­der the di­rec­tion of Li­brary Di­rec­tor Kerry Burhman. These ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude some­thing for ev­ery mem­ber of Salem City. Young chil­dren and their moth­ers en­joy “story time” each week. ‘Tweens and teens par­tic­i­pate in a grow­ing num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing book dis­cus­sions, a monthly game night and movie night. A new pro­gram for se­niors in the com­mu­nity also caters to an im­por­tant seg­ment of our city’s grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

In ad­di­tion, money spent at the auc­tion al­lows the li­brary to pur­chase the latest books for all age groups, up­date the grow­ing col­lec­tion of movies and dig­i­tal con­tent, main­tain com­put­ers that are avail­able to the en­tire com­mu­nity, and foster a greater sense of com­mu­nity through new ac­tiv­i­ties. As a mem­ber of the board, I in­vite you to at­tend the auc­tion and bid on do­nated items, many of which can be pre­viewed at the li­brary prior to the night of the event. We will also ac­cept do­na­tions of new items for this year’s auc­tion prior to Aug. 7. Salem Days is the best way to reach the en­tire com­mu­nity each year. To con­trib­ute items for the event, con­tact Kerry Burn­ham at 801-423-2622 or Ker­ryb@salem­c­ The con­tin­ued suc­cess of the li­brary de­pends, in part, on the suc­cess of the auc­tion.

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