By Camille Aubin
camille@columbiavalleypioneer.com

The classic Christmas Silent Auction will be back once again this year, but not without your help.

Every Christmas, volunteers with Friends of Invermere Public Library organize the Christmas Silent Auction to raise funds for programs and book purchases for the municipal library. About a hundred unique items will be available to bet on between Nov. 20 and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m at the library entranceway. “Came and bet, and bet often”, said Willa Love, a volunteer at the Friends of the Invermere Public Library, added you might want to keep up your bets, since another person might have bet higher. Make sure to come back and follow the auction. The prices will have a base price identified in advance, and you are welcome to bet more.

“The funds raised through the Silent Auction predominately go towards buying new books for our collection, from picture books to the latest mystery releases, and everything in between. The funds also go towards programming such as Story Time (virtual and in-person), story walks, and take-home craft kits,” said Blair McFarlane, community outreach coordinator with the Invermere Public Library, adding that the funds raised would typically go towards more in-person programming such as book clubs, senior’s tea, STEAM afternoons, and outreach visits, but those are currently not possible due to the pandemic.

COVID-19 protocols will be in place — Invermere Library is requesting mask, social distancing and use the hand sanitizer upon your arrival.

To pull off this auction, Friends of the Invermere Public Library needs numerous items from generous donators. New or gently-used donations are welcome and can be drop off at the library until Nov. 17. They can be Christmas related or not, a valuable object that doesn’t fill your heart with joy anymore, or just a nice little something that anyone can appreciate.