Fundraiser for Walton Erickson Public Library will accept bids for storage shed

MORLEY — Those in need of a storage area for gardening equipment or other items have the perfect opportunity to acquire a new building while also raising money for the Walton Erickson Public Library.

As part of the Bid on a Building to Buy Books fundraiser, the library will sell a Gambrel roof shed donated by the Big-L Lumberyard in Stanwood.

Although the initial plan was to raffle the shed, Library Director Cory Taylor soon learned because of the library’s structure within Morley Stanwood Community Schools that would not be possible.

“Instead we will be accepting sealed bids,” Taylor explained. “This is our first time doing anything like this. It was such a generous gift for Big-L to give us this building and we appreciate it so much. It’s a very nice wood-construction shed.”

The 8-by-8 shed will be delivered and set up for free within a 20-mile radius of the lumberyard. Bidding will start on Friday, May 1, and bids must be delivered to the library or postmarked by Friday, May 15. Bids must include the bidder’s name, address, valid phone number and bid amount.

The building is valued at $1,000, with a minimum bid of $500. All bids will be opened at a special board meeting on Wednesday, May 20 at the library. The person with the highest bid will then be notified. Payment must be made to the library within five days of notification or the item will be passed to the next highest qualified bid.

Taylor plans for the money raised to be used on the purchase of new books for young readers.

“We’ve had such an increase in traffic of students, especially fourth and fifth graders who are voracious readers,” Taylor said. “It’s hard to keep books on the shelf which is a challenge we love, but it’s also costly. This money will help put more books on the shelf for our eager readers.”

With the growing interest in youth reading, Taylor would love to buy new books, but has to be fair and not take money away from the general budget for books for teen and adult patrons.

Using the money from this fundraiser will be perfect timing as the library prepares for the summer reading program.

“It would be great to have new books for that age range which has been flowing through here constantly for books,” Taylor said. “Some may think libraries are obsolete, but there are young children and youth yearning for good material to read and we want to be able to provide that for them. Reading is empowerment, reading is knowledge.”

For more information on the Bid on a Building to Buy Books fundraiser, contact the Walton Erickson Public Library at (231) 856-4298. For more specifics on the shed, check out the library’s Facebook page at   facebook.com/weplrurallibrary.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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