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'Taste for Books' to raise library funds

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Residents 21 years of age and older will have a chance to enjoy an evening of food and drink in a different kind of setting Saturday -- Samuels Public Library.

The library is hosting a "Taste for Books" event April 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are for sale at the library and on the library's website for $25.

The cost includes 26 tables of diverse dishes based on different books, as well as a martini bar and participation in raffles and a silent auction.

Library director Nicki Lynch said that the idea for the event has been in the works for some time.

"We wanted to do a fundraiser, and make it some sort of literary feast," she said. However, as planning for the event progressed, the cost became a little overwhelming. The library then turned to the community -- book clubs, businesses and restaurants -- for donations and involvement.

Now, a combination of groups are sponsoring the 26 tables, each one associated with a book the group selected.

The groups are also entering a contest by participating, Lynch said, as Saturday evening prizes will be given to the tastiest and best looking table, as well as those that present the best costume.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Archie Fox will present the awards at the end of the night.
Some books that will be featured include "Lewis and Clark," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

"We even have a Native American and a Dutch woman working together on a table," Lynch said.

In between sampling the food and making a stop by the "James Bond 007" martini bar, attendees will also be able to bid on 57 items in a silent auction.

Lynch said the items range in value from $10 to $1,000.

"We have a two night stay in a Virginia state park, a birthday party complete with a magician, a wine tasting for 12 and a stained glass window," Lynch said, describing the variety of items, which were all donated by community members and businesses.

Additionally, Lynch said at least five items will be raffled off, and that is included in the ticket purchase.

Proceeds from the evening will go directly toward what the library is all about.

"I'd like to build up our collection," Lynch said. When the library transferred buildings, the same books came along with it and nothing new was really added to fill up the larger space.

"It's something we need to do," she said.

For tickets, visit Samuels Public Library at 330 E. Criser Road, or log on to www.samuelslibrary.net.

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