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Library's Silent Auction A Success!
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Posted by:Apr 21st 2003, 11:06:49 am
Judy The "Taste of the Island" - Silent Auction for our library was a wonderful success - far beyond any of our expectations. We are grateful. There are so many people to thank for its success. - the terrific, supportive people who donated items to auction; the restaurants, hotels, and caterers who sent their specialties for "tasting", the generous people attending; Coral Sands Hotel for its encouragement and lovely ocean setting; and, of course, the behind the scenes "Friends of the Library" volunteers.
We have raised enough money from this event and through subsequent in-kind donations to fund purchasing windows and security grates and to begin purchasing furniture; to embark on our initial goal of purchasing basic reference books and materials; and to start collecting a Bahamian/Caribbean book section. We also have enough funds to allow us to obtain some visual equipment to show films and videos for community programs (large screen, video/dvd projector). It is an exciting time.
During the next two months we will complete the electrical and plumbing renovations - the work is being done "gratis" and will be done time permitting. Carpentry work remains to be done- installing the north wing double doors and rethinking the information desk. July through October gives volunteers time to repair, catalogue and computerize the books, and to prepare and shelve them. October also will be spent training a volunteer staff. Our goal is to reopen in November. Ambitious maybe, but we believe this is realistic.
It has been 5 months since we began. Only with community involvement could this much have been accomplished. The Sir George W. K. Roberts Memorial Library is being restored. The new and updated books and the programs will revitalize it as the island's community center. This is the "vision"! We thank all of you for believing in it and supporting the events. Already volunteers are making plans for the second "Taste of the Island". That's enthusiasm!!

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