In the fiction section, access to the books is blocked by long tables laden with savouries from the Beanery Restaurant, and sweets from the Dutch Bakery. The menu for the Library’s Fundraising GALA night included assorted hot mini quiches and puff pastries, chicken satays with a choice of two sauces, a Celebration Cheese tray, and for dessert, mini canoli, mini puff pastry swans, Italian cookies, and petit fours.
In the non-fiction area, many tables display a tempting array of silent auction items, including two autographed Joe Thornton hockey sticks, a handcrafted Santa and a lace table cloth, artwork in various media by local artists, books autographed by local or visiting authors, and a generous assortment of items donated by local businesses.
At the “Donation Station” – in its other life called the “Information desk” – people open their cheque books and donate next to the replica railway along the table top. Full steam ahead! A great crowd of St. Thomas’ finest philanthropists, businessmen and community supporters compete for the auction items, bringing the total raised by the event to over $6000. An elegantly dressed staff member circulates through the crowd, asking “Red or White?” – the wine supplied by the Quai du Vin local winery.
The speeches were short and passionate, encouraging everyone to support the fundraising campaign to supply the “fixtures, fittings and furnishings” for a revitalized St. Thomas Public Library that will help our community prepare for the economy of the future.
The word for the night was elegant! Imagine! For more pictures of the event, check out the library’s Flickr page.
On Monday morning, the silver snowflakes still dangled from the lights, but the library was open for business as usual. You can contribute to the Imagine fundraising campaign on our website by clicking the “donate now” button. IMAGINE!