Without its auxiliary club, the West Lincoln Branch Library would not exist.
The organization raised funds, spoke to commissioners and made its message known â€” west Lincoln needs its own library.
â€œTheyâ€™ve worked so hard since the beginning,â€ said Selena Keever, branch supervisor.
Because of the groupâ€™s persistence, the library was opened four years ago. Since then, the group meets once a month and plans ways to raise funds. They have had pottery sales and applied for grants (most recently earning $3,000). This Saturday, a raffle will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the library.
For $1 per raffle ticket winners could receive the following: a $400 arm chair from Ethan Allen, $250 in cash (donated by Billy Roland with State Farm Insurance, Danâ€™s Superette, Food Country, Houser Transport, Michael Davis and PTI), a â€œB-B-Q Party Pack for 25 Peopleâ€ worth $150 from Mitchemâ€™s Kitchen, a $150 Stihl FS45 Weedeater donated by West End Sales, a three month workout and free analysis valued at $90 from It Figures, five tanning visits and bottle tanning lotion worth $75 donated by Tropical Rayz and a wheelbarrow and gardening tools donated by Bobby Davis valued at $50.
Money raised from the raffle will go to shelving, expanding the libraryâ€™s DVD collection and buying childrenâ€™s books.
When the library first opened, roughly 80 percent of books checked out were from the childrenâ€™s section. Now, itâ€™s between 60 and 70 percent.
â€œThatâ€™s very specific to us,â€ Keever said.
She has a few theories on why childrenâ€™s books are so popular.
â€œI think itâ€™s just a family oriented community,â€ she said. â€œAnd the schools are really strong in this community and really big on reading, and they have the test scores to prove it.â€
Keever hopes families and individuals keep checking out books. So far, the little library has proved quite popular.
â€œWe get busier all the time,â€ Keever said. â€œWe do as well as most of the Gaston County branches that have been there for 20 or more years.â€
A strong auxiliary club will help keep the library up to par. After Saturdayâ€™s drawing, the organization will hold a meeting. Those interested in joining are urged to attend.
â€œWe would love to get more people involved in the group,â€ said Keever.
by Sarah Grano