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Art, auction, adopt-a-pet at library fundraiser

Columbia City Celebration runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday


by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - The temporary home of the Columbia City Community Library: a modular building on Second Street provided by the St. Helens School District.The Columbia City Community Library is holding its main fundraising event of the year on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The Columbia City Celebration, a benefit for the volunteer-run library that is housed in a modular building next to the shuttered Columbia City School, will feature art and quilt shows, bake and plant sales, and other community events.

Head librarian Cathy Lundberg described the City Celebration as “our major fundraiser” for the library. She said she does not know how much the Friends of the Columbia City Community Library will raise from the event, although she said she hopes it will bring in at least $3,000 to $4,000.

“We have raised up to $8,000 at past City Celebrations and as low as $3,000,” Lundberg said. “It’s kind of hard to guess.”

Lundberg added, “The more we raise, the better we do — the more books we’ll be able to buy for the library and stuff.”

The library is run by volunteers and is only open four hours at a time, four days per week. Lundberg said the Columbia City City Council “supports” the library, but its primary funding comes from donors and events like the annual City Celebration, which the Friends of the Library group sponsors.

“We have a great team of volunteers,” Lundberg said. “We have usually 15 volunteers showing up at any given book sale, and we have probably twice that number at the City Celebration.”

Most events will be held in Columbia City Community Hall, Lundberg said, although a classic car show will be held from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the school parking lot, some books will be sold inside the library building and the Columbia Humane Society will have a pet adoption station in the Caples House orchard.

Dean Cox, executive director of the Humane Society, said his organization will also have a “seasonal pet boutique” from which people can pick up treats, toys and Halloween costumes for their pets at a table.

Breakfast and lunch will be served at the City Celebration. There will also be a silent auction at 2 p.m. and a raffle drawing at 2:30 p.m.