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CLASSICS ON A SHELF

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Cody Duffey and Sue Brooks of the South Boston Library show off one of the shelves that will auctioned off at the coming Dec. 1 event at the library. One of the pieces makes reference to “James and the Giant Peach.” Above, woodworker Clint Johnson. (SOMcL photo)
SoVaNow.com / November 16, 2017


Pint-sized furniture pieces are back at the South Boston Public Library.

On the heels of last year’s successful fund raiser auction of miniature children’s chairs, the library is hosting a sequel event: “Classics on a Shelf,” set for Friday, Dec. 1 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Last year the library held a fund raiser where little decorated chairs were silently auctioned off. This year the auction is for 12 small book shelves.

The handmade miniatures are made by Clint Johnson of Halifax from re-purposed barnwood and finished off by Sue Brooks of the library staff. Each shelf will be sold off to the highest bidder, with all proceeds going to support the library’s Early Literacy Program, led by Brooks.

There’s a literary theme with each of the shelves. The first piece to be completed has references to “James and the Giant Peach,” written by British author Roald Dahl in 1961 in a tale of an orphaned boy who is oppressed by two self-centered aunts.

In the book James encounters magical adventures. The back inside of the 11 x 14 inch shelf includes a colorful illustration from the book, done by a local artist. The shelf has a handy drawer for pencils, pens, paper and a flashlight for late night reading.

Another shelf features the beloved children’s book “Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White along with the book and an illustration on the inside panel.

Ten other shelves will feature other well-known children’s books.

The auction will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 beginning at 6 p.m. at the South Boston Public Library. Tickets to the event are now available at both the South Boston and Halifax Libraries for $20 or $30 for two tickets.

Six lovely door prizes have been donated by VIR, Joe and a Bow, Southern Plenty, Breezy Oaks Farmhouse Bed Breakfast, Molasses Grill and Bonnie Brown Jewelry Glassworks. Also, Bonnie Brown, a retired civil engineer, has donated one of her colorful fired-and-forged glass bowls as one of the door prizes.

Wine and hard cider will be served at the auction, along with catered treats from Windmill Bakery and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Last year’s sale of ten little chairs netted nearly $1,200 for the library’s Early Literacy Program. Brooks is hoping that this year’s event will be as much fun and as financially rewarding as last year’s sale was.

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