The Friends of Sunderland Public Library online auction runs until Wednesday

Posted: 11/13/2022 7:51:32 PM

SUNDERLAND – People are encouraged to do some of their holiday shopping early while supporting library programs over the next few days thanks to the annual Friends of Sunderland Public Library online auction.

Beginning Nov. 9 and ending Wednesday at 5 p.m., members of the public can bid on nearly 100 handmade items donated by local artisans and library patrons. The online auction has been successful in the past, according to Carol Ryan, a member of the Friends of Sunderland Public Library.

“We did pretty well and it was pretty energizing,” Ryan said of previous online auctions. “Last year we made just over $1,200.”

This year’s auction can be accessed at All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library group and then donated to the library itself. Ryan said the money “mainly funds programs”.

“The library is very generous with its space,” Ryan said. “The library is nice to us and we are nice to the library.”

Bidding, Ryan joked, can get intense on some items, like a set of potholders last year that garnered 13 bids.

“There can be some lively back and forth,” she said. “It’s kind of fun.”

This is the fourth auction organized by the group of friends of the library. The tradition started alongside an annual book and bake sale in 2019, but the pandemic forced a move to an online auction in 2020, where the event has remained.

Auction items include handmade blankets, hats, stockings, scarves, pouches and all other kinds of quilted, crocheted and knitted items. Most of the items were created by the knitting circle of friends, which meets on Mondays at 10 a.m. Anyone is encouraged to join by emailing [email protected]

“It’s very funny. It’s helpful for a lot of people,” Ryan said of the Knitting Circle. “Everyone is welcome at all levels.”

Chris Larabee can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4081.

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