Contents of former C.P. library to go on auction block

2013-03-25T19:15:00Z 2013-03-25T23:51:03Z Contents of former C.P. library to go on auction blockSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | A kid-sized space shuttle where countless local children lifted off on pretend flights will be among items to go on the block when contents of the former library, and one library building, are auctioned in April.

The sale by Kraft Auction Service kicks off at 10 a.m. April 20 inside the now-vacant building, 214 S. Court St., Crown Point Community Library Director Lynn Frank said. Admission is free.

For sale to the highest bidder will be book shelves of all kinds and sizes, desks, chairs, wall hangings and other items no longer used since the library moved in October to its new, larger location in the 100 block of North Main Street.

The 214 South Court St. building, constructed in 1972 as an annex to the original Carnegie library that fronts on Main Street, will itself go on the block at noon, with a reserve price, Frank said. A neighboring parking lot is included in the sale.

The library board of trustees will meet in a closed door session immediately after to determine if the bid will be accepted.

The Carnegie library, later named the Carnegie Center, at 223 S. Main St., will not be auctioned, Frank said.

A contingent offer to buy the building, constructed in 1908 with a $12,000 donation from U.S. industrialist Andrew Carnegie, is being reviewed, Frank said. She did not disclose the name of the potential buyer. 

A 1994 auction emptied the Carnegie building of its belongings, but wall hangings remaining from the building are among items that will be auctioned in April, Frank said.

A life-sized tree house built into a faux tree top in the 214 South Court St. library's children's area, along with a small lighthouse topped by a friendly dragon, also will go on the block.

Those items, and the space shuttle reminding library patrons that Crown Point is the birthplace of NASA astronaut Jerry Ross, had been among the hardest to leave behind when the library moved to the new $12 million building, Frank said.

"It was very difficult to make those decisions, especially these three items, because they were very much a part of the library and of the growing up of young people in the community," she said.

The shuttle fits two children side by side in front of a control panel with rows of switches and dials that look capable of actually launching the space craft. The tree house will be sold with an attached telephone capable of dialing up stories.

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