Selwyn Public Library hosting online auction next month

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The Selwyn Public Library is hosting an online silent auction next month to support the continued delivery of programs, online services and community outreach initiatives at its three branches across the township.

From Nov. 1 to 12, participants will be able to bid on a wide variety of items — from Canadian-made artwork and kitchenware to workshops and restaurant gift cards — mostly donated by local businesses and community members, according to a press release from the library.

With a goal of raising $10,000, the funds will be used to support virtual collections and resources — including eBooks and eAudiobooks — adult and children’s programs and community outreach initiatives like the Selwyn Public Library’s home library service, pop-up libraries and pollinator garden.

Pre-pandemic, these services and programs were funded through annual book sales and the library’s new-to-you stores. Once COVID-19 hit, however, those options were nixed.

The thrift stores faced intermittent closures and the library was unable to host book sales, so the Selwyn Public Library embraced a virtual fundraising campaign as a new fundraising method.

New-to-you shops — the Thrift Store in Ennismore and Treasure Trove in Bridgenorth — which operate in partnership with Community Care Chemong, have reopened with capacity limits and physical distancing, Selwyn Public Library CEO and chief librarian Sarah Hennessey said.

The former Renewed Classics thrift store in Lakefield is being repurposed into the library’s future makerspace.

Auction items can be previewed by visiting

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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