Bidding in the fourth annual online auction to benefit the Amelia Givin Library starts at 7 a.m. Friday and continues through 9 a.m. Oct. 28.

“We are hoping to raise between $6,000 and $7,000,” said Cynthia Thompson, director of the library in Mt. Holly Springs. “We use the money to purchase new library material, keep up the programs and for general expenses.”

Last year, the auction raised a little less than $6,000.

At 169 items, www.ameliasauction.org has the largest number of goods and services up for sale so far, Thompson said. “There’s something for everyone. It’s a real variety.”

Listed items include baked goods, handcrafted gifts, photography sessions, Hershey Bears tickets, an airplane ride over Mt. Holly Springs and a beach house for a week at Stone Harbor, N.J.

“When we first started, we had 50 or 60 items,” Thompson recalled. “The longer we do it, the more people approach us about wanting to donate something. It’s getting better known. People want to support the library.”

She especially appreciates those who donated items every year from the very beginning. What is posted draws bidders from all over the country including places as far away as California, Florida and Texas, Thompson said.

This year, organizers shortened the auction by four to five days after people said the 2011 auction, at two weeks, was too long. The final day of the 2011 auction was disrupted by an October snowstorm that cut electricity to many of those wishing to post bids on the Internet.

“We’re hoping we’re not going to have Mother Nature issues this year,” Thompson said.

To participate, bidders can register online at www.ameliasauction.org. For more information, call the library at 486-3688.

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