Samuels Library celebrates 7th annual A Taste for Books on Saturday

It’s that time of year again when book lovers descend on Samuels Public Library for the annual A Taste for Books.

Harold Hayes, library director, said that the library had had a goal of generating $15,000 with its A Taste for Books fundraiser in the last three years.

“Each year we have exceeded that goal,” he said. “We hope to do the same this year!”

A Taste for Books has been held at Samuels Public Library every April since 2012 as the main fundraising event for the year. All the proceeds from the event go to improving the library resources such as providing literacy programs, buying new books, hosting free events or updating public computers.

Attendance has continued to increase, reaching more than 250 guests in 2017. Hayes said he hopes only to see that number grow.

Each year the library committee decides on a theme. Past themes have included “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Clue.” This year’s theme is called “Coming Home,” which Hayes said will highlight the history and charm of Front Royal and the Shenandoah Valley.

“People will come dressed up in attire from the early 1700s to the 1950s,” he said. “And every date in-between.”

Costumes are encouraged but not necessary.

The evening’s event will also feature local businesses and community organizations with decorations and dishes inspired by Virginia’s history and regional cuisine.

“We will have a wide assortment of food and libations representing not only the area of Front Royal but Warren County, the Shenandoah Valley and some of Virginia,” Hayes said. “It’s a great way to see how Virginia has not only changed over the decades but bring attention to the library and local businesses.”

Target, American Shakespeare, River 95.3, Royal Cinema, City of Front Royal, Valley Health, Emanuel Limousine, and Apple House donated items to the Silent Auction and provided sponsorship.

“Events like these allow people to see their local library, hear what we do for our community,” Hayes said. “It’s surprising to people who don’t get to the library that often to see how much we really do. We’re not just a building full of old books; we work heavily to provide programs for adults and children, summer camps and so much more.”

If You Go

When: 6 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Samuels Public Library 330 E. Criser Road in Front Royal.

Admission: $50 each or buy four and get the fifth free.