Make a bid before Lincoln Library silent auction closes Friday

Make a bid before Lincoln Library silent auction closes Friday

LINCOLN - A baseball signed by World Series champ David Ross of the Boston Red Sox is among the prizes that will be up for grabs at the Lincoln Public Library silent auction, bidding for which closes during the auction finale on Friday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In its fifth year at the library, the silent auction has been ongoing since Nov. 9, as residents stop by to try to claim one of the 35 gift baskets, gift cards and other items, while the library tries to raise money for new furniture.

Melanie Ruggieri, electronic resources librarian, and Cindy Huberdault, secretary and bookkeeper, took on the task of organizing the event for the first time this year.

It being their first time, they said they hope to raise even half of the $3,000 to $4,000 in earnings silent auctions have been able to bring to the library in the past.

All money raised will go toward making the former library entrance at 145 Old River Road, now closed off with a glass wall to the outside, more of a lounge area. The hope is that tables equipped with outlets for laptops will be purchased, and magazine and newspaper racks moved to the space to promote more relaxation.

"We're hoping to get people into the library that maybe haven't visited us yet," Ruggieri said, since the Children's Room renovation shifted the layout of the building.

Those interested in participating should grab a bidder number from the Children's Room. The library will close on Friday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m., and reopen at 5:30 for the auction finale, which will also have refreshments and crafts for kids.

Prizes, many of which are paired with a book, include:

* $150 in Faial Restaurant and Lounge gift cards.

* Annie B's Honey Farm gift basket.

* Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyards basket with chocolates and four bottles of wine.

* $120 worth of Trader Joe's goods, including food items and lotions

* A personal Keurig coffee maker, with K-cups and mugs.

* One free year-long term in Heritage Ballet, plus tickets to "The Nutcracker."

* One pound of New Harvest Coffee and a free pound of coffee for the next three months.

* Coupons for free pints of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

* Four New England Pottery vases worth $350.

* A construction-themed stuffed bear with a book and wooden Melissa & Doug construction toys.

* Free climbs at both Rock Spot Climbing and Ocean State Rock Climbing.

* "The Polar Express" book, CD and stuffed bear.

* Two original art prints.

* Donations from Slater Mill, Providence Bruins, Providence Children's Museum, A.T. Cross and Twin River Casino.

"You'll see the same ones circling around," Huberdault said, adding that her persistence has won her a few prizes in the past.

"It's fun to watch," Ruggieri said.

A progressive raffle is also ongoing, with winning tickets drawn on Friday, Nov. 15, at 6:45 p.m. Tickets cost $5 each. If 200 are sold, first place is $500; if 100 are sold, the prize is $250; and if 50 are sold, the prize is $125. Second prize is a one-night stay at the Omni Hotel in Providence. Third prize is a Kindle Fire.

For more information, call 401-333-2422.