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Gala Event to Boost Funds for Library Community Sharespace

Submitted by Kerri Hart, GVDL Director.

The Garden Valley District Library is having a major fundraising Gala and Silent Auction to bring a Community Sharespace to the Library. This gala is on September 23rd at 5 PM at the Library. The gala compliments the full day of activities during James Castle Arts Festival.

Library Director Kerri Hart has goals and a vision of what a Community Sharespace would be like. She says, “it is a place where people of all ages (but will be most appropriate for age 9+) can meet up and share knowledge, skills and ideas. We especially encourage intergenerational exchange of knowledge. Too many traditional skills are being lost (gardening, hunting, sewing, orienteering, construction techniques, etc.” She understands that many people over the age of 50 aren’t comfortable with emerging technology. She is excited to create a space to have an orienteering activity, for example, where the younger generation shows the older how to use GPS, and the older folks teach the youth how to use a map and compass. “Wouldn’t it be amazing!” Hart exclaims.

As the Community Sharespace grows, other ideas of sharing knowledge and skills include, fly-tying, bee-keeping, self defense, soap making, drone operation, photography, food preservation, knitting, computer coding, gardening, HAM radio use and so much more. The ideas are endless for shared community education for all ages.

The fundraiser will help with funds needed to create the former TeenSpace into the Community Sharespace.  Raising money with the silent auction will help to install a shelving/barrier to the space (to discourage toddlers from accessing equipment), for cupboards, a sink, work table and equipment/tools for the room.

Submitted by Kerri Hart, GVDL Director.

Another newly acquired addition for the Sharespace project is the Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D printer. Hart is excited to put this printer into production. She says, “It has a large build area, and supports multiple filaments. Patrons would be able to design objects using standard plastic filament- or bamboo, metallic, flexible, shiny- or even conductive filament.”

Some of the items up for auction: A beautiful handmade quilt, 2 nights in a Lake Tahoe condo, Private tour of the Capitol Building with Senator Janie Ward-Engelking, Cigars from Sturman’s Smokeshop, 2 rounds golf from Terrace Lakes, a handmade loom, gift cards for Chandler’s, Rediscovered Books, Chocolat Bar, Bella Aquila, and Cottonwood Grille, Idaho Opera tickets, handmade cutting board, 2 nights at the Wyndham Las Vegas, Family rafting trip, and a manicure/pedicure gift cert. More auction items are coming in all the time with something for everyone.

Tickets for the gala and silent auction are available only at Garden Valley District Library. They are $15 each, or two for $25. Tickets will be $20 each at the door. Each ticket entitles the bearer to two glasses of wine, beer or N/A punch and a delicious selection of hors d’ oeuvres prepared by chef (and GV resident) Sam Jensen. Sam graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has worked at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, at Park Avenue in NYC, and for acclaimed chef Thomas Keller at his Bouchon Bakery. Sam also won Boise’s Iron Chef competition in 2012 against chef/owner of Berryhill & Co, John Berryhill.

Hart also expresses her thanks from the Library to the Garden Valley Center for Arts “for graciously welcoming us to celebrate along with their James Castle Arts Festival.”

Written by Janet Juroch