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Auxiliary club raffles off high-priced items

Without its auxiliary club, the West Lincoln Branch Library would not exist.
The organization raised funds, spoke to commissioners and made its message known — west Lincoln needs its own library.
“They’ve worked so hard since the beginning,” said Selena Keever, branch supervisor.
Because of the group’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, Dan’s Superette, Food Country, Houser Transport, Michael Davis and PTI), a “B-B-Q Party Pack for 25 People” worth $150 from Mitchem’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 library’s DVD collection and buying children’s books.
When the library first opened, roughly 80 percent of books checked out were from the children’s section. Now, it’s between 60 and 70 percent.
“That’s very specific to us,” Keever said.
She has a few theories on why children’s books are so popular.
“I think it’s just a family oriented community,” she said. “And the schools are really strong in this community and really big on reading, and they have the test scores to prove it.”
Keever hopes families and individuals keep checking out books. So far, the little library has proved quite popular.
“We get busier all the time,” Keever said. “We do as well as most of the Gaston County branches that have been there for 20 or more years.”
A strong auxiliary club will help keep the library up to par. After Saturday’s drawing, the organization will hold a meeting. Those interested in joining are urged to attend.
“We would love to get more people involved in the group,” said Keever.
by Sarah Grano

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