NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Grown Nelson Library community group is raising money for the Nelson Memorial Library expansion. The group hosted a benefit auction Sunday afternoon where people could bid on artwork, books, and gifts donated by the community.

Their goal is to raise $150,000 to match a Perry Foundation challenge grant they received for the project.

Pam Roland is on the committee to raise funds and says the library is a vital part of the community.

"The parking lot is full all the time with people using the Wi-Fi so it's a grand community contribution. We're so proud the board of supervisors agreed to enlarge it so that more people in this area can benefit by the public library."

If you missed the auction you can still donate to the cause.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Press Release:

To help raise funds for the Nelson Memorial Library expansion, the Grown Nelson Library community group is hosting a Benefit Auction on Sunday, November 3 from 3-5pm.

A variety of items are up for grabs, including artwork, books, bed and breakfast packages, retreats, gift certificates, golf packages, and so much more at the Nelson Center in Lovingston.

Susan Huffman, Branch Manager at Nelson Memorial Library, said the auction will be a fun-filled afternoon with refreshments and music.

"Money from this auction will go towards Grow Nelson Library’s fundraising goal of $150,000 to secure a $100,000 Perry Foundation challenge grant,” she said.

"Each day, the excitement builds here at Nelson Memorial Library as they bring in a new truck or piece of equipment for our addition.”

“You can see the outline of the meeting rooms, the business center, computer lab, and new sitting spaces for patrons. We can hardly wait until we move in!" Susan said.

The Nelson Center is located at 8445 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, Virginia 22949.

For people unable to attend the Benefit Auction, donations are being accepted and can be made at, dropped off at the Nelson Memorial Library, or by check to the Nelson Memorial Library Fund (Nelson Memorial Library, P O Box 321, Lovingston, Virginia 22949).

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