The Strathmore Municipal Library has had to make some difficult cuts this year to programming and hours due to budgeting.

Natalie Dannatt a local business owner and resident saw a post on social media that let Strathmore residents know of the cutbacks that would be applied to the programs offered and hours of operation at the library.

As an avid supporter of the library, Dannatt wanted to help and reached out to them, "When I started this I contacted the assistant director just at the beginning of February to ask what can I do," Dannatt said.

Working with the library Dannatt decided on a silent auction. A post was put out on the Strathmore community Facebook pages, Dannatt was hoping for close to 10 people or businesses to respond and get on board. Within 24 hours of the original post, Dannatt had been contacted by 47 businesses and residents wanting to help.

"On Sunday when I made this post I was excited for all the support from businesses and the public, it has blown us away," said Dannatt.

Donations for the auction are being collected now and will continue to be collected until February 22.

If residents or businesses would like to donate items to the silent auction or volunteer with the project, Dannatt can be contacted on her personal Facebook page or her business page custom handcrafted furniture or individuals could email at [email protected]

Dannatt wants to do what she can to see the library continue to thrive in Strathmore, "Myself and my children actually go once or twice a week, ever since they were little. we've always been there we've always taken in the programs we've always brought home books and that has always been a big part of our family"

The auction will be held online beginning on March 4th and Dannatt said they are undecided if it will be a one or two week auction. The library will have a link set up to access the auction once it has started, and all the items will be on display at the library for people to view in person during the auction.


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