The Friends of the Livingston Library’s “Take A Chance on the Library” Raffle & Auction will end on April 27.  The event offers members of the community the opportunity to bid on nearly two dozen items and purchase 50/50 cash raffle tickets in support of the Livingston Library.  The public is invited to join Friends on Thursday, April 27 at 1PM in the Library’s Program Room when winners are announced. 

Friends’ President Mary Jane Dough explained, “Take A Chance is run during April to overlap with the celebration of National Library Week.  Playing upon the National Library Week theme of Libraries Transform, our silent auction items are designed to transform people’s lives and our cash raffle can help the winner fulfill a dream.”   She explained, “With our sales, the cash jackpot for the cash raffle is currently over $1,700.”  Of the auction, Dough added, “Since libraries encourage ideas and culture, our largest category of auction items is the arts.  We have tickets for nine arts venues.  These include tickets for the season finale at Paper Mill Playhouse of Mary Poppins, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, Dreamcatchers Rep in Summit, a concert by operatic baritone/actor Paulo Szot at NJPAC, the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, and the Morris Museum.  Theatrical offerings in NYC include tickets to a production of Shakespeare in the Park (Central Park), a play at the Manhattan Theatre Club and a Roundabout Theatre world premiere on Broadway. 

Dough explained, “Our next largest grouping of items is culinary with certificates for Il Ripasso, Anthony Franco’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, Nana’s Deli, Panevino Ristorante, and Tutto Fresco Deli, plus  a delicious Chocolate Works platter for dessert.”  She added that Friends will also feature several experiences and services.  Among them are a massage, a certificate for plumbing services from Allan Feid Plumbing, a subscription for the West Essex Tribune, an extensive set of sports trading cards, and  Macy’s money certificates. 

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Dough said, “We are incredibly appreciative to all of the business and organizations that donated such wonderful merchandise.  We are also deeply honored by the support of a dozen sponsors who have underwritten this event.  Among these are our  ‘Platinum  and Diamond Sponsors’ including Regal Bank,  the law firm of Bauch Zucker Hatfield, LLC, Fidelity Investments, Samuel Klein and Company, CPA’s,  and the Fairview Insurance Agency as well as the Library Trustees.”

The Auction allows patrons to bid in several ways—in person at the Library, via a dedicated website, via email, and by phone.  Auction merchandise information is on display at the Library through April 27 and may also be viewed online at  Raffle tickets can be purchased using cash, check, or credit card.  The cut-off for the purchase of raffle tickets and the submission of bids is 12:30 PM on April 27.  Winners need not be present to win but members of the community are welcome to attend the announcements on April 27.  For additional information, contact Friends at 973-992-4600 Ext 505 or e-mail at