WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – As part of the James V. Brown Library’s 18th annual Author Gala at the Community Arts Center, an online virtual auction has been opened up to the public and all event attendees.

The online auction opens Sept. 22 at virtualgala.events/AuthorGala and will close at 10 p.m. the night of the event, October 6. Nearly 40 items are up for bidding.

The in-person event will feature best-selling author David Baldacci, who writes mainly suspense novels and legal thrillers. He has published 40 novels for adults and 7 books for younger readers. His book series include King and Maxwell; The Camel Club; Shaw and James; John Puller, Will Robie; Amos Decker; Atlee Pine; Aloysius Archer; and several standalone novels. His most recent books are “A Gambling Man” and “Daylight.”

One of the special prizes auctioned off will be the opportunity to name a character in one of Baldacci’s upcoming novels.

Other highlighted auction prizes include a stay at a Bald Head Island resort, donated by Theresa and Steven Moff; a stay at a Keuka Lake cottage, donated by Annmarie Phillips; a stay at a Wyndham Resort in Alexandria, Va., donated by Carol Lady; a gold library pendant from Rick Mahonski; a private flight around Niagara Falls, donated by Marshall Welch III; a book club Zoom meeting with author Chris Bohjalian; a literary quilt; book baskets; an iPad, a Kindle Paperwhite; and two baseballs signed by Hall of Famers.

The Gala is the Library’s main fundraising event. Tickets range from $30 to $45 per person, plus fees, for this year’s event. Tickets are available at the Community Arts Center Box by calling 570-326-2424 or online at www.caclive.com.

You can get started via your mobile device by texting ‘hello’ to 1-570-919-1960 and a link will be provided so you can check out the online auction items and bid from your phone. You can still bid even if you aren’t coming to the event.

Even if you cannot attend the event, you can still support the library at any time here: https://jvbrown.edu/support-the-library/

All funds raised benefit the library and its mission to be the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Baldacci’s visit is funded by a generous sponsorship from the Friends of the James V. Brown Library.

The library supports the PA Forward statewide initiative, which believes that when Pennsylvania residents improve their command of five types of literacy – basic, information, civic and social, health and financial – they can achieve greater success as students, parents, employees, consumers, as citizens. Libraries are community centers of information, technology and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and holds pick up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. The library also is open for public computer usage and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

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