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Benefit for new Granby library scheduled Friday at Mount Holyoke

A “Spring Fling” auction and cocktail party will be held Friday to benefit the building fund for the new $5.1 million library, at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley.

Library Trustees Chairwoman Virginia Snopek said the event aims to raise money to buy library furnishings such as circulation desks, chairs and computer terminals. It will run from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center off Park Street.

The library building project received a state grant of $2.7 million to help build the new library, but that money only covers “bricks and mortar,” according to Snopek. Furnishings will be purchased with some of the $1.1 million that Granby voters approved last year, and the fund-raising by the Friends of the Granby Public Library.

“It’s going to be terrific fun,” said John Thibbitts, a member of the Friends and the library’s Capital Fundraising Committee, said. Thibbitts said a previous fundraiser, the Farm to Table Meal that featured food from local farmers, was well received.

“People are still talking about it,” he said.

One special item up for auction is a tour of the LEGO model shop in Enfield, Conn., where master model builder Chris Steininger creates life-size models with LEGOs.

“It’s an awesome opportunity,” said Janice McArdle, children’s services librarian, noting the model shop is not open to the public. The tour can accommodate six to eight people and will last 60 to 90 minutes, including a 30 percent discount on purchases at the company store.

Tickets are $25 and available at the library. The event features hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and five tickets for the Chinese auction. Auction items include: A spring weekend stay in a Cape Cod residence; Cape Cod charter boat fishing trip; a tour of the State House and lunch with a representative or senator; rides on a fire truck and in a police cruiser; two Red Sox tickets with bus transportation to Fenway Park , and much more.

“We have something for everyone. Local businesses have been just amazing in donating goods and services,” Snopek said.

“It’s only with all of us working together that we will have a 21st century library,” she said.

Visit the library website granbylibrary.com or stop in the library for a full list of auction items.

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A quilt raffle

The library is holding a raffle for a “Field of Daisies” quilt made by Gloria Caver of Granby, a retired librarian and avid quilter. The quilt measures 64 by 90 inches and features a patched front in soft blues and yellows and daisy-print fabric. Tickets are $5 each and available at the library. Proceeds benefit the building fund. The drawing for the quilt will be Friday.

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Rabies clincic set

The annual rabies clinic will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Old Fire Department at the rear of Kellogg Hall, according to Town Clerk Katherine A. Kelly-Regan. The fee is $15 per animal. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. If possible, owners should bring their pets’ most recent rabies certificate. Dog licensing will be available at the clinic.

March and April are the months dogs are licensed in Granby and, to avoid a late fee of $25, dogs should be licensed by May 1. Fees are $6 for spayed or neutered animals, $15 for others. A copy of rabies vaccination certificate is required. For information, call Kelly-Regan’s office at 467-7178.

Dogs can be licensed by mail by sending her office the information and fee, and including a self-addressed envelope with two stamps. Checks should be made payable to the town of Granby. Residents who registered their dogs through the annual census mailing should receive their tags by March 31, Kelly-Regan said.

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Town meeting news

Kelly-Regan also said the deadline for submitting private warrant articles for the May 13 annual Town Meeting is March 29 at noon. Petitioners must collect signatures from 10 registered Granby voters to get an article on the warrant.

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