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Helmut Schmidt, Published October 03 2013

Moorhead library auctioning art, books in 'Not So Silent' fundraiser

MOORHEAD – A few years ago, you could check out art at the Moorhead Public Library.

This Saturday – if you’re the highest bidder – you’ll be able to check some of it out permanently.

The library has scheduled its first “Not So Silent” auction from 7 to 9 p.m. to raise money for the Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

About 50 prints, watercolors, pencil drawings, photos and other works by local and regional artists will be for sale, including works by Charles Beck, George Pfeifer, Fred Scheel, Ellen Diederich and Terry Redlin, said Public Services Supervisor Jenny Roger.

A collection of about 50 of the library’s older or antique books will also be auctioned – a mix of Minnesota and North Dakota history, biographies and some “curiosities,” Roger said.

“It just seems a shame to have them be down here (in the basement) gathering dust,” she said.

For those not enamored with bidding, but still in a buying mood, the library is selling new copies of books by Minnesota authors who were nominated for Minnesota Book Awards, Roger said.

In addition, Cash Wise Liquor will offer a wine-tasting at the auction and there will be live music by members of the band Rogue Valley.

There are 155 to 160 pieces of art stored at the Moorhead library that are no longer circulated. Other pieces are at other LARL libraries, Roger said.

“It just seems like a waste to just have these paintings in back,” Roger said. “It was art that was originally meant for patrons, and we’d just rather have it where someone can enjoy it.”

The paintings will hang on the walls of the library through about noon today, she said. Then, they will be taken to a conference room in the building’s lower level for the auction.

Roger said money from the auction will be used to buy new library materials.

“It’s money well-spent,” she said. “It keeps the library going. It’s paying it forward. You’ll get it back.”

To preregister for the auction call Roger at (218) 233-7594.

The doors open at 6:45 p.m. Saturday for registration, too, Roger said.

Staff will be available to answer questions. All sales will be cash or check, she said.

The auction closes at 8:30 p.m. to allow winners to pick up their items.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583