News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 31, 2013
Fiddlehead canoe headlines Friend Memorial Public Library auction

On the steps of Friend Memorial Public Library

On the steps of Friend Memorial Public Library in Brooklin, local actors Nolan Ellsworth and Shannon Larkin demonstrate what loving your library is all about. The annual Love Your Library silent auction, which provides roughly 15 percent of Friend Memorial's annual budget, begins February 1 and runs for two weeks online and in the library during regular hours.

Photo courtesy of Friend Memorial Library

Among the highlights of this year’s Love Your Library silent auction is a Fiddlehead double-paddle decked canoe, built of local cedar by local kids under the supervision of boat-builder Brian Larkin.

The auction, which benefits Friend Memorial Public Library, will offer more than 160 items ranging from the practical to the delightfully inventive. Auction treasures will be up for bid February 1-14 in the library and online, according to a news release from the library.

All items will be on view at the library, with half for silent bidding in-library and half for bidding online. The auction website will be open for browsing before the bidding begins.

In addition to the silent auction, the library will celebrate the season by creating a hand-made valentine for every donation of $5, honoring a person or organization designated by the donor. The valentines will be on display in the library throughout February.

The auction features goods and services donated by library supporters in Brooklin and beyond. They include a whitewater river rafting trip, designer jewelry, a guided kayak adventure and the annual Charlotte’s Web tour of author E.B. White’s former home.

Local chef Devin Finigan will cook a dinner for the highest bidder. Terence Janericco once again will offer a cooking class. Bidders will vie for lobsters, maple syrup, an oil change, Pilates classes, and knife sharpening. There’s even a deluxe new edition of Audubon’s Birds of America.

“As always, the community’s support for the library is deeply gratifying,” Library Director Stephanie Atwater said. “There’s something for everyone: children, gourmets, art lovers, readers, crafters, anyone wanting to benefit Friend Memorial Library while buying something necessary or special.”

Celebrating its 100th birthday last summer, the library today has an annual circulation of almost 18,000 in a town of 800 residents. Last year’s Love Your Library auction funded nearly 15 percent of the library’s annual budget.

The Love Your Library silent auction web address is Area residents can stop by the library to see auction items and sign up for a Love Your Library valentine Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10-4 or Thursdays 10-6. The web address is For more information, contact the library at 359-2276 or