Richmond Memorial Library auction has begun

By Jason Harris - Staff Writer
Marlborough - posted Fri., Nov. 16, 2012
The numerous auction items on a table at the library. Photos by Jason Harris.
The numerous auction items on a table at the library. Photos by Jason Harris.

The holidays are just around the corner, and the Richmond Memorial Library’s 25 Days of Holiday Cheer silent auction has started.

This year’s silent auction, hosted by the Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library, has 35 lots filled with such items as a Kindle Fire, a basket of dental care products, items to use for your pet and gift cards to local businesses.

According to library director Nancy Wood, bids can be made at the library and in denominations from $1 and up. The highest bids are posted on the items which are on display in the library, she said.

Since it started in 1994, the auction has morphed into one that focuses on goods and services from local businesses, Wood said.

Throughout the years, they have had autographed items from people such as journalist Tom Brokaw, businessman Donald Trump, author Clive Cussler and celebrities Elizabeth Taylor and Tom Selleck. They even received a signed poster of the Grateful Dead including Jerry Garcia, the year that he passed away, she said.

The money raised by the auction goes to purchase library materials like books and DVDs, Wood said. Through this auction and other events, the library raises more than $50,000 every year.

Leah O’Hearn, owner of It's So Ranunculus, a flower shop in Marlborough, has been donating to the silent auction for the past three years. Her donation is valued at $260 and it includes a Christmas bouquet, a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day, a vase of flowers on Mother’s Day, an Easter basket filled with flowers and a Thanksgiving arrangement.

O’Hearn usually doesn’t donate something this pricy, she said, but she considers the library to be a good cause. “It shows that you are part of the community,” O’Hearn said. “I like how that makes me feel.”

The auction began on Nov. 1 and ends at 11 a.m. on Dec. 1. It ends at 11 a.m., so people can come in one last time at 10 a.m. to make any final bids, Wood said.

The library is located at 15 School Drive, in Marlborough.

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