Taste for Books to raise funds for local library

Area residents Tamara Houde, Katie Sebring, Wyatt Vaught and Jessica Sayers dressed as characters from L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz" at last year's Taste for Books held at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal. Courtesy photo

The Samuels Public Library is gearing up for the fourth edition of its annual fundraiser and food-tasting event called the Taste for Books.

This new event serves as a way for the library to raise funds to enhance the library’s services in various ways, said library Director Nicki Lynch.

“This year, we are hoping to spend the money that we raise on some technology upgrades here at the library,” Lynch said.

Such improvements would include upgrading the library’s Wi-Fi, screens for the computers and “printer capabilities.”

“Everything gets so dated so quickly,” Lynch said. “We just don’t really have enough money to do all of the upgrades we [need] to do throughout the building.”

In addition to being a fundraiser, “Taste for Books” is also an event where residents can visit the library and taste food, beer and wine.

At this year’s event, Lynch noted they will have several craft beer varieties from Backroom Brewery in Middletown — such as the Black India Pale Ale and Reliance Red Ale.

“We have various local businesses, book clubs and book stores … and they actually provide the tables full of food,” she said, noting that the library will have 20 different tables of food.

“Those tables will represent 20 different books and have tastings enough for about 300 people at each of the tables,” Lynch said.

In this case, representing the book means dressing up in costumes to match the given book. Residents attending the event can also vote on best booth and costumes, Lynch added.

As far as funds, Lynch said that the library is shooting for “more than $15,000” from the silent auction, live auction and duck pond draw.

Lynch noted a few “big-ticket” items for this year’s auctions include stays at the Library Hotel in Central Park and a night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition, Lynch said the library will be auctioning off a deal for “one free pie a month for six months” from Down Home Comfort Bakery in Front Royal.

For the duck pond draw, Lynch it will include $25 and $60 gift certificates.

“We want people who have not been to the library before to come,” she said, “It’s just a really fun time, really for everyone.”

The 2015 Taste for Books will be held at 6 p.m. April 11 in the Samuels Public Library. Information regarding tickets, which are $35 each, auction items and vendors for the event can be found at TasteforBooks.net.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com