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Silent Auction

Here's your golden opportunity to showcase and share your talents, hobbies, interests, -- and help the ISLMA Professional Development Fund!!

A new feature at this fall's annual ISLMA conference will be a SILENT AUCTION, held during the day on Friday, November 7 at the Decatur Holiday Inn and Conference Center. Proceeds from this will be used
for continued funding of the ISLMA Professional Development Grants. Since we have contacted all our vendors and asked if they would donate items towards this auction, there will be no scheduled "Vendor's Raffle" at this year's conference.

In addition to some wonderful donations from our vendors, the conference Silent Auction Committee is requesting donations from both members and friends of ISLMA. The donation can be anything of interest to school librarians -- and does NOT NECESSARILY have to be an item that a school librarian would use "at school". Suggestions include:

  • Original artwork (prints, watercolor, oils)
  • Children's toys (particularly if unusual or hard to get)
  • Handcrafted items (wood, stained glass, needlework, etc)
  • "Service gift" (perhaps you and a spouse or a friend own a business and would be willing to donate one of your products, i.e. a peck of juicy southern Illinois peaches from your orchard; decorated pumpkin from your own pumpkin patch; an overnight stay in your Bed & Breakfast; a Thanksgiving floral arrangement created by you,
  • Unusual or "unique" items

THE BOTTOM LINE is that we're looking for things that YOU would like enough to make a serious bid on -- either because it's just simply a "good buy" or because it's so unique that someone will find it hard to "live without"! We plan to create themed baskets (or
appropriate-sized "containers") placing your donation(s) and donations from others
together in such a way that everyone wishing to bid on these items will thoroughly enjoy themselves -- and the ISLMA Professional Development Fund will increase greatly so that we can offer financial assistance to even more of our ISLMA members who wish to participate in professional workshops, conferences and coursework related to the school library media profession.

We look forward to hearing from several of you soon. Please fill out Silent Auction Donation Form, fill in the required information, and forward to me (Sondra Miller) by the July 11 deadline. We feel that there are many fellow school librarians here in Illinois who would enjoy participating in this new conference venture. So that we will have an idea who is willing to share with us (and so that we can know what items you are willing to
donate), please take some time right now to consider this. We look forward to hearing from several of you soon!

Sondra Miller
2003 Conderence Silent Auction Co-Chair

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