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Banned Books and Booze Fund-raiser Recap

October 3, 2012
Pipers greeted the attendees as they arrived.

The library held a whisky-tasting event not only to raise funds for the library but also to raise awareness for our freedom to read. Banned Books Week (September 3 – October 6, 2012) is an annual celebration of our right to access books without censorship. While it is true that not every book is intended for every reader, we at the Rochester Public Library firmly believe that each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to or view. By highlighting banned and challenged books during Banned Books Week we are not necessarily endorsing specific titles, but we are working to raise awareness that censorship exists in America and within our community.

The Banned Books and Booze fund-raising event was held on Thursday, September 27 at the Canadian Honker Event Center at the Ramada Inn.  The evening started with loads of cheese and crackers, a variety of bruschetta, chicken bites, and the most scrumptious prime rib sandwiches ever! During the social hour, 97 attendees had the chance to bid on silent auction items and to purchase banned or challenged books that The Friends of the Library brought. David Allardice, the ambassador from Glenfiddich, brought the attendees on a virtual tour through the Glenfidich distillery in Scotland while they tasted 12, 15, 18, & 21 year old Scotch. Joan Hayes was the lucky winner of the early-bird registration prize of a bottle of 12-year old Glenfiddich.

An impressive $3000 was raised from this event. That amount includes attendee registrations, silent auction bids, banned book sales and other donations. This money will go straight to the library for a new roving reference cart for the children’s area, some new cordless power tools for the library’s maintenance crew, and a new oven/stove for the kitchen in the auditorium for library patrons and staff to use. These are items that are not normally budgeted for but are much needed in order to maintain our library services to the community.

The Rochester Public Library is grateful to everyone who made this event possible: Glenfiddich Distillery, Andy’s Liquor, Canadian Honker Event Center. Silent Auction Donors: Civic Theatre, Rochester Music, Friends of the Rochester Public Library, Rochester Public Library Foundation, Spectrum Aviation, Unshelved, and other private donations.

We want to extend a special thank you to, the person responsible for bringing the whole event together with her super-planning powers, Helen McIver.

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