GNADENHUTTEN -- The committee promoting a one mill levy to benefit the Gnadenhutten Public Library has teamed up with local ceramic artist Tom Radca to raise funds for their campaign to help the library.

When Radca learned that a library supporter had donated one of his plates valued at $500, he donated a tile wall hanging to the committee valued at $275 so they could offer two items as part of the raffle fundraiser. Radca is well-known in the ceramic art field for his work with a technique he calls "painting with fire" that uses the firing process to bring out the color in a piece of pottery. Radca, who lives near Port Washington, has held shows of his work across the globe.

Tickets for the raffle which offers two chances to win with each ticket, are $5 each or five tickets for $20; they may be purchased from any committee member or at the Village Gift Shoppe at 106 N. Walnut in Gnadenhutten, Brown's Service and Repair located at 113 E. Main St. as well as the Gnadenhutten Farmers' Market held on the village square every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

The drawing will be held at the close of the Farmers' Market at noon on Sept. 26. The first name drawn will have first choice of the art and the second draw will win the remaining item.

The Levy Committee is promoting the 1-mill levy for the Gnadenhutten Public Library so the library can extend hours of operation to six days a week and offer more services to area users.

In addition, the additional funds would allow the library to upgrade computers and equipment used by the public, and join a library consortium that would give local users access to over 8 million books, CDs, DVDS and electronic resources. The levy would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 less than 10° per day ($35 per year). The committee is chaired by Dick Brown and Linda Egler is serving as treasurer for the Levy Committee's Campaign.

Contact the Gnadenhutten Public Library at 740-254-9224 for information.