There's always something new happening at the Library. As far back as I can remember, the Friends of the Library have never done a holiday-themed silent auction, but this year they decided to give it a try. You can see what they came up with in the display case (and just to the right of it) on our main floor. Eleven of our local benefactors dug into their bags of goodies and came up with some really cool stuff for this project. Thanks to our good friends at The Alcove, Athens Greek Restaurant, Black Walnut Holler, DQ Grill & Chill, Down Home Leather, Farley & Moore Antiques, Kudos, Susan's Boutique, Walmart and Roy Glaser and Timothy Zahn, we have 11 stuffed stockings and three hand-crafted items that will go to the highest bidders as of the end of the day on Wednesday, December 16. The stockings include a wide variety of choice items such as gift certificates, books, jewelry, music CDs, ornaments, matchbox cars and lots of other great stuff. The handcrafted items include a cutting board, lazy susan and a framed wooden angel. Come on in and take a look, then enter your bid!
Full disclosure: I love all things Harry Potter. My wife and I read the books to each other as they came out. We couldn't wait for each new volume, and when the movies came out, we would read the books again. So I was especially excited when Peggy and Dick Mavis donated their authentic model of the Hogwart's Express to our Youth Services department. It's on display in the juvenile area of the second floor, and yes, the transformer is hooked up and it actually runs! Our deep gratitude to the Mavises for their generosity. You really have to come and see this train. It's the neatest thing since Butterbeer.