The Foundation and Friends of the Rochester Public Library held two fundraisers in the Plummer House on August 9th. This was a perfect venue, wonderful gardens and even the weather cooperated with sunshine and cool breezes! We had specific goals in mind, as the library needed to replace a children’s computer station and cd/dvd cleaning equipment needed updating. We were able to raise funds towards both projects thanks to our loyal supporters and patrons. Plus we all had a great time! Both events have photo albums on our facebook page.
The first event was Cool Reads for Hot Days, as an ice cream social with a local author Elissa Elliott who provided great discussion points with her recent book Eve, and her new writings. We appreciated that she donated books for door prizes. There were wonderful silent auction items and bucket raffles of books as well. We also showcased some new items of Library and literary stationary, notecards, notepads, notebooks and matchbook pocketbook notepads, many handcrafted from re-purposed books. A lovely Friend decorated both events with flowers from her garden! These were transferred to and graced the Library.
The second event, Brews and Clues, was held in the evening with local author Paul Koeller talking about his family experiences in the brewing industry in Wisconsin. It was a fascinating informative talk, and not nearly long enough, but there was beer to sample! Over 40 different types, with some lovely casual foods (huge thank yous to Andy’s for the RootBeer and welcoming Beer, Coldstone Creamery for the icecream, Just Rite Foods for the Cheeses, Trader Joes for the pizza) and the Friends who both provided nibbles and smoothly ran the event! Paul also donated a book for a grand prize, as well as part of the proceeds from his book sales that evening. Please note that he also supports a college scholarship with the rest of his proceeds. Several other local business supported this event through the silent auction (see our album descriptions). We hope to make this the FIRST ANNUAL event, and that we will see you all next summer. The Library needs our support, and you get to have a lovely time!