Book auction to benefit library

Book auction to benefit library The Vermillion Public Library Foundation, Inc. will host an autographed book auction at the W.H. Over Museum on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the auction will aid the foundation in meeting its pledge to fund the $20,000 renovation for the children's story and activity room in the Vermillion Public Library, scheduled to be completed by Oct. 16.

"The foundation is calling this event its 'ABC Fund Raiser,' because it is an Autographed Book auction for the Children's area," said Steve Waller, foundation president. "We think this is a great way to celebrate National Children's Book Week."

Over 51 new books for children and adults, as well as photos, posters and other autographed mementos have been contributed by their authors in response to requests from the foundation. The silent auction will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. in the museum halls after which the live auction will begin.

Well-known public television announcer Richard Muller, now with Media I in Sioux Falls, will be the auctioneer. Light refreshments will be served with several varieties of locally produced wine from Valiant Vineyards.

Reservations and tickets at $15 per person may be obtained at the Nook and Cranny (624-4611) or the Vermillion Public Library (677-7060) before the Nov. 10 deadline.

Included among authors of adult books whose works will be represented at the auction are: Bill Cosby, George McGovern, Michael Crichton, Gloria Steinem, Clive Cussler, Helen Gurley Brown, John Updike, William F. Buckley, Dean Koontz and Mary Higgins Clark.

Children's authors represented include Tomie de Paola, Kevin Henkes, E.L. Konigsburg, Aliki, Ann M. Martin, Steven Kellogg and Cynthia Voigt.

The non-literary items for auction include an autographed photograph of movie star Denzel Washington and an autographed promotional letter by Judy Blume.

Built adjacent to the present children's area of the library in an area which previously served as a storeroom, the new children's story and activity room will provide a much-needed 23' x 14' permanent home for children's activities at the same time freeing up the library's community room for adult activities.

Children's librarian Kay Dahl and her staff are enthusiastic as they contemplate developing new programs for this new space: an evening storytime; family homework nights; children's Internet classes; and home schooling programs for parents and children.

In addition, it will no longer be necessary to move materials between the children's area and the community room each day for storytime. The generous storage areas and work space provided by floor, wall and full-height storage cabinets will provide quick access to materials.

Each child will have his/her own space on a brightly colored checkerboard carpet square, and each parent will be able to observe his/her child through the wall window which opens between the story and activity room and the present children's area. Even clean up has not been forgotten; the room has its own sink.

The children's story and activity room construction, together with the other renovations approved and funded by the library board are the first major improvements in the library since its construction in 1978. However, without the support of the Vermillion Public Library Foundation, the children's area would have been placed on a "to-do-later" list.

Waller has been proud that the foundation has had the opportunity to make "a real impact on the future of the library," he said. He also praises the United Way of Vermillion for its $1,500 donation to the foundation project.

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