The Rimbey Municipal Library is getting closer to their fundraising goal to complete the interior of the library expansion and make it usable, and are holding an online auction this month to hopefully put them over the top.
The bidding opened on Monday, Nov. 15, and will close on Nov. 29 at 12:30 p.m.
“We’re just a little short of what we hope to have,” said Mike Boorman, who is on the Rimbey Library Expansion Fundraising Committee.
The project was originally estimated to cost about $500,000, but with the cost of building materials on the rise during the pandemic, the final price tag may be closer to $580,000 said Boorman.
There are about 30 or 40 items up for bidding, including Christmas items, a stained glass window, a painting, a pair of mobility scooters, and various homemade goods from local crafters and quilters.
The expansion included the addition of two large rooms on the back of the existing building.
The exterior of the expansion already has sheeting on it, and a roof. Plumbing and heating has been installed and the project is at the drywalling stage right now.
The library is hoping painting will begin in December and that the new space will be ready for use early in the new year.
The Town of Rimbey owns the building, and approved the library to go ahead with the expansion and now the library is just needing to raise the amount to complete the interior renovations.
“We’re working hard to get that remaining amount,” said Boorman.
For information on how to bid and what items are up for auction, check out the Facebook page for the event, @rimbeylibraryonlineauction.