KCL Summer Silent Auction runs through July 15

Lauren Clark, Contributing Writer

Photo by Lauren Clark

A detailed fish wood carving created and donated by Robert Larsen is just one of the unique items on display until 3 p.m. July 15 for the Friends of the Kalkaska County Library Silent Auction, which features local artists.


KALKASKA – The Kalkaska County Library has many fans and supporters but none as dedicated as the nonprofit Friends of The Kalkaska County Library (FOL).

FOL is a 501(c) (3) organization whose main goals are to: promote the library; enrich the resources and activities of the library; sponsor literary, cultural and educational programs; conduct fundraising events; enhance and extend library services; and coordinate volunteer efforts, according to its page on the KCL website.

FOL hosts numerous fundraising events throughout the year to assist the current library and its programming. Money raised through used book sales, a popular cookie sale in December and the annual FOL membership fees support the library.

The other focus of FOL fundraising is to save for the future Kalkaska County Library facility. To date, the group has accrued more than $70,000 that will go toward the new building when it is time to break ground.

Additional FOL fundraising events held to raise funds for the new building include: garage sales, art classes, silent auctions, golf outings, grant applications, donations, and raffle ticket sales for items such as kayaks, Lego’s, handmade quilts and American Girl Dolls.

Two silent auctions split the FOL fundraising year, one held in November/December and the other in June/July. The annual winter auction features themed gift baskets perfect for gift giving and holiday entertaining, with many items donated by local businesses.

The annual summer art auction, taking place now through 3 p.m. Monday, July 15, boasts nearly 30 items crafted, created, curated and donated by local artisans and craftspeople. Hand-knitted blankets, acrylic paintings, glass work, wood carvings and bowls, jewelry, painted chairs, hand- woven wicker and pine needle baskets, art prints and even a handmade kaleidoscope round out the current items up for bid in the 2019 summer fundraiser.

All items are currently on display in the main room at the Kalkaska County Library on Cedar Street. The community is invited to visit the library during regular business hours to view the creations and place a bid to support the FOL mission.

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