Novel Night boosts public library book budget – BG Independent News

The floral arrangements were created by Becky Schooner.

The Wood County District Public Library was back with an in-person Novel Night, picking up where it left off after two virtual Novel Nights with no presentation.

The event held last week drew 105 attendees, who paid $100 each for tickets and then went one step further by bidding on items in a live, silent auction.

By the time the dust settled, the library had raised over $100,000 for its book budget.

The money raised and the number of participants corresponded to previous events.

Novel Night attendees visit the buffet line.

“All of these funds will be added to the regular budget for book purchases in 2023,” the library reported on social media.

The post expressed support for event sponsors, ticket buyers, in-kind item donors and bidders for the live and silent auctions. “We are very grateful for your support; Thanks!”

The Susan Komen bicycle donated by Walmart was one of the items up for auction at Novel Night.

This money will buy books in all their forms, from traditional physical books to licenses for multiple copies of virtual books. All with the goal of giving customers what they want in a timely manner.

Since the fundraiser’s inception in 2009, it has raised more than $1.3 million for the library.

Silent auction items.

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