CONNEAUT —  The Conneaut Public Library is seeking donations for a silent auction in September.

Kathy Altman, adult services coordinator at the library, said the auction is a response to requests from patrons for more services. “I didn’t realize how many people have the ability to make such beautiful things. Today, we did our flying needles, and this lady brought in a quilt that she had made, and it was just gorgeous,” Altman said. “And now that we’ve made a quilt here, I realize it probably took her well over a year to put that quilt together,” she added.

“I’m asking anyone out there who does arts or crafts if they would make something and donate it for us to auction off at the silent auction, and it can be anything,” Altman said.

The library has art galleries regularly, in addition to having members of the public come in to teach arts and crafts classes.

“It’s going to help us, but it’s also a good way to showcase all the talent we have here,” Altman said.

Altman hopes to have at least 20 items for the auction. The auction will be Sept. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Donated pieces must be at the library by Sept. 17.

Altman has a form, available at the library, for artists to fill out. The form includes information about the piece, along with information about the artist and a suggested price for the piece.

With the funds, Altman hopes to buy a Cricut machine. “A lot of times if I want to do a craft, I have to have something cut out. And so we spend hours at the desk cutting things out. The Cricut machine does that for you. So you can have it cut out 50 pieces of something,” Altman said. “That’s one of my big purchases I want to buy.”

“It’s just a win-win for everybody,” Altman said. “I think there’s people here that have wonderful talent.”

“I just have great faith in people in the area. People are good to the library,” Altman said. “I hope we have people that are good and donate, and I hope we have people that are good and come in and buy, or at least try to buy.”

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