LITERACY LOVERS  Friends of the Invermere Library volunteers Lynda Sheperdson, Pat Conway and Susan Webster helped set up this years annual Christmas Silent Auction at the Invermere Public Library. The fundraiser will be accepting bids on silent auction items until Wednesday, December 9th.  Photo by Breanne Massey

LITERACY LOVERS Friends of the Invermere Library volunteers Lynda Sheperdson, Pat Conway and Susan Webster helped set up this years annual Christmas Silent Auction at the Invermere Public Library. The fundraiser will be accepting bids on silent auction items until Wednesday, December 9th.

Photo by Breanne Massey

Theres a Christmas initiative geared toward promoting literacy through a silent auction fundraiser.

Friends of the Invermere Library volunteers Lynda Sheperdson, Pat Conway and Susan Webster helped unload and set up this years annual Christmas Silent Auction at the Invermere Public Library on Friday, November 20th.

The fundraiser has been accepting bids on silent auction items at the Invermere Public Library since Saturday, November 21st and will continue to until Wednesday, December 9th.

We hold a silent auction every November-December, explained Ms. Sheperdson. The items are donated by members and users of the library, plus a few businesses, but we dont go out and actively solicit because we believe theyre already asked too often for too much.

She added the golf courses are often generous donors, along with merchants in town who are library patrons.

It raises money that goes directly back to the library, said Ms. Sheperdson. Its amazing to see the items we get everywhere. The community is so generous.

Ms. Conway added that 100 per cent of the money being raised through the silent auction will go toward enhancing the library itself or library services.

The money can be used for new programming at the library, new tables and chairs, or things that are needed at the library, said Ms. Conway. It helps with anything that the library is in need of.

Although the fundraiser has been ongoing for years, both Ms. Conway and Ms. Sheperdson could not recall exactly how many years it has been running. The duo agreed the initiative must date back at least nine years.

We usually raise between $2,000 and $3,000 for the library every year, explained Ms. Webster, while adding the trio hopes to match their previous successes.

In addition, Friends of the Invermere Library will also be hosting the first Twas the Book Sale before Christmas fundraiser at Home Hardware during the stores regular business hours on December 5th and 6th, where customers can shop for gently used holiday and giftable books or winter reading selections.

Were going to have four tables over two days, said Ms. Sheperdson. I think were starting at 10 a.m. and staying until they close.

During the holidays, Friends of the Invermere Library will also be stocking Christmas books that are being sold by donation at the Invermere Public Library an initiative that began in 2014.

If Christmas books come in (by donation), we save them all through the year and then we sell them by donation, concluded Ms. Conway. There are some very nice childrens books.

To learn more about the Friends, call the library at 250-342-6416 or email publiclibrary@invermere.net.