Birdhouse auction to benefit bookworms

This is an architect’s rendition of the birdhouse-themed entrance to the Youth Services area of the Central Library.



Maggie Lopez arranges birdhouses to be available in a silent auction to raise funds for Mesa County Libraries. Lopez is president of Friends of the Library. Opening bids will be about $10, she says.



Mesa County library officials hope to hatch the imaginations of the area’s youngest readers, so much so that they’ve designed the entrance to the Youth Services area of the new central library to resemble a birdhouse.

Continuing the theme, the all-volunteer Friends of the Library is holding an original fundraiser of its own in conjunction with the grand opening of the new central branch, soliciting artists and crafters to contribute creatively constructed birdhouses for a silent auction.

“We wanted to make the grand opening a little special,” Friends President Maggie Lopez said. “We’re looking for (birdhouses) that are really good-looking, for auction.”

The Friends have pledged to raise $100,000 over five years in support of the big expansion of the central branch, which is expected to open the first part of June.

But Lopez said the birdhouse silent auction is intended to raise just a slight portion of that figure, in small amounts.

Opening bids on the houses will probably be about $10, she said.

Whether the houses people donate tend toward functionality or creativity isn’t really that important.

“I thought I would get really functional birdhouses, but it turns out I’m getting a lot of little, pretty ones,” Lopez said.

She hopes local artists, woodworkers and crafters take the opportunity to create something worthy of auction and help fund Mesa County Libraries at the same time.

So far, she’s gotten a number of contributed houses, including one from Bookcliff Gardens and another created by a ceramics artist to resemble a swallow’s nest. Others she’s received have been made out of recycled materials.

“That’s what birds, I think, really go for,” she said of the recycled versions.

Theme birdhouses are always encouraged, she said, giving the example of a possibly football-inspired Denver Broncos abode.

“Though the Ravens, or the Cardinals, might be more appropriate,” Lopez said.

Finished birdhouses will be on display at the central library during the grand reopening.

People will be able to bid on the houses then, and all the proceeds will go to the Friends and the many library programs the group helps support.

The deadline for submissions
is May 22, and birdhouses can be dropped off at the Mesa County Libraries’ Book Depository, 1425 N. Fifth St, on the west side of First Congregational Church across from Grand Junction High School.

Call 201-0868 to arrange a drop-off or get information.


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