Silent auction will benefit library, museum

Event runs through two periods in March

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Through March 31 in Littleton, the Bemis Library Friends’ Fourth Silent Auction will lure book fans to try to acquire an assortment of 24 unique books that committee members have plucked out of the numerous donations that have come in through the year.

Books will be displayed in glass cases near the entrance, and the Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum (FOLM) cashier, if present, or the circulation desk, will have a notebook with photos and information about each and a listing of bids placed to date. For the first two weeks, through March 17, the first 12 books will be displayed and the next 12 through March 31.

Four of the more “special” items will be displayed all four weeks.

Ask the cashier to get the book out of the case for you to inspect more closely if interested.

Check back to see if someone has bid over you, said FOLM committee member Sue McNamee.

A partial list of auction items:

• Signed first edition of the 25th anniversary edition (published 1994) of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five (Or the Children’s Crusade).” (Book is “as new” with fine dust jacket.)

• The last two books written by Littleton’s own beloved children’s author, Caroline Stutson, who passed away in June 2015. They are “Blue Corn Soup” and “My Family, Four Floors Up.” Both were published posthumously in August 2017 and January 2018 and have been donated by her husband, Al Stutson.

● Three oversized photography books offered separately — “each special in its own way,” McNamee says: “Pilgrimage” by Annie Liebowitz (first edition 2011); “American Places” (first edition 1981) has photos by famous nature photographer Eliot Porter and text written by Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner and his son, Page Stegner; “Aftermath: Unseen 9/11 Photographs by a New York City Cop (author and photographer John Botte, leatherbound first edition 2006).

• Album of first day stamp covers called “Wildlife of America” (National Wildlife Federation and Fleetwood, with certificate of authenticity).

Three Denver books:

• “West Denver — The Story of an American High School. A Walk on the Westside” by Gene Vervalin, first edition signed, 1985.

• “The City and the Saloon” by Thomas J. Noel (Dr. Colorado) first edition signed, 1982.

• “The Atomic Experience” by Peter Drucker, first edition signed, 1972.

• A series of three Manga/graphic novels (Japanese comics, translated into English) paperbacks called “Drops of God,” all about the nuances of wine tasting.

• The 55-book set of the “Harvard Classics” first published in 1909 — this set from 1938. With supplemental history, set of lectures and Readers Guide books.

Also included in the auction: black-and-white sketches of the Serbian countryside and Paris in the 1920s by Serbian artist Ljuba Ivanovich (1885-1945), displayed on weekends.

Additional items include fiction, classics, comics, horror. All proceeds will fund programs at the library and the Littleton Museum.

Open during regular hours at Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura St., Littleton.

Readers may wonder how much this sale contributes to the community and sale dates for 2019:

In 2018, the best-ever Holiday Sale made over $12,000 — for the year, sales amounted to $29,500, which was divided equally between the library and museum for programs and other needs.

In 2019, special sales will include: Gardening books in mid-April; small books in mid-May; Western Welcome Week Bag of Books Sale Aug 9-18; and the 2019 Holiday Sale Nov. 22-Dec. 31.

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