We love libraries and believe they are a vital resource and gathering space for families. The thought of one being closed down–denying access to families of all economic means to a world of knowledge through books, performers, technology and informed staff–is unthinkable.
The Adams Memorial Library opened its doors in 1910 and serves as a key component to the education of children and a free resource for all people in the community. The Library exhibits paintings by Lorenzo deNevers, a Central Falls resident who painted two presidents while they were in office, in addition to an autographed painting of Red Sox legend Ted Williams. The Children’s Room was once used as a meeting place of the Sullivan Ballou Post No. 3, Grand Army of the Republic, made famous in Ken Burns PBS special on the Civil War.
The library saw its city funding eliminated in the face of Central Falls’ municipal fiscal meltdown at the beginning of the summer. Reopened by volunteers in August, the library is currently open to the public for only three days a week. Volunteers not only provide library services, even purchasing books if they’re not in stock, but also do things like vacuum the floors and scrub the sinks. It’s not glamorous, but necessary. Now the volunteers are looking to take things to the next level. They are throwing a fundraiser on September 30, 2011, hoping to raise enough money to hire a library director and expand library hours.
The Adams Memorial Library Autumn Gala will feature live entertainment, open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and fantastic silent auctions. Broad Street Ceili Band are providing live music that will infuse the library with Traditional flavor. Crooner Steve Lombardi will fill the outside tents with his Rat Pack showmanship. Big Nazo and TEN31 Productions will bring their special brands of magic to the night. Tom’s Market will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres while Bartending by Dennis will provide an open bar. Yep: open bar.
Add to that silent auctions that will feature the best of local merchants as well as special access to area artists. Sounds like one helluva night. The fun starts at 6:30PM. So come share in an unforgettable night and help support Central Falls’ library. Tickets can be purchased online at cflibrary.org/gala.
Proceeds from this event will help keep the Adams Memorial Library open and allow it to continue as a free community resource for thousands of patrons who use it each year for free and easy access to information, ideas, books and technology that enrich, educate and empower every individual in the diverse Central Falls community. In addition, proceeds will go toward creating and maintaining free literacy programs and classes for children and adults at the library.
Find event details here.