When library officials decided to auction off all of the Fountaindale Public Library's old furniture and other items, they thought they would get a few thousand dollars in return.
Maybe $5,000, if they were lucky.
Instead, the proceeds from the March 5 auction brought in $23,983.
That money will be dumped into the library's general fund and used to purchase some special items the library has not purchased yet for its new digs, board president Peggy Danhof said.
The board had previously agreed to give the money to a local non-profit organization in Bolingbrook, but after residents spoke out and the board's president advised them not to, board members agreed to use the money for library purposes.
The board officially approved that transaction at its meeting last week.