Clarion Imagination Library committee sets books fundraiser

From staff reports

The Clarion County Imagination Library committee in partnership with Mechanistic Brewing of Clarion will host Brews, Books and Bids from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Mechanistic Brewing.

The event will raise funds to give books to children from birth to age five.

The highlight of the event is the silent auction featuring small furniture pieces painted by local artists in the theme of their favorite children’s book.

Bidding begins at 5 p.m. and closes promptly at 8 p.m. Drink specials, music by DJ Espo and C-93, book basket raffles, 50/50 and children’s activities will round out the evening.

Proceeds from last year’s Brews, Books and Bids raised enough money to provide 750 books to local children.

Artists interested in creating a piece for the auction can contact Melissa Fulton at (814) 226-8760 or email

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a program that sends books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

Since 2017, children in Clarion County have been the recipients of those books, and through the efforts of the United Way of Clarion County and its many supporters more than 550 children ages birth have received books each month through the Clarion County Imagination Library program.

Books are free to enrolled children because United Way of Clarion County has secured funds from donors and through fundraising events to cover the cost of the books and the shipping fees.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Redbank Valley, Knox, Foxburg, Eccles-Lesher and Clarion libraries.

Anyone who wants to get involved with the Imagination Library Committee can call (814) 226-8760 or email