Avid readers gather at the Booklovers Ball to support the library


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  • Photos by Jerry Goldberg Mike and JoAnne Guerieri enjoying the Booklovers' Ball and help support them financially.




  • Steve and Doreen Geldman along with friends Marty and Joyce Shapiro were at the ball to support the library.




  • Board President Margot Clauss shows off one of the manny baskets filled with gifts up for auction.




  • Guests filling their plates at the buffet food line.



The Booklovers’ Ball was held this past Saturday at Earhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center on Route 507 in Hawley. There were more than 104 registered guests, up from last year, to help support the Hawley Public Library.

As with most not-for-profit organizations, governmental financial help has been cut from the budget and most of the operating money has to be raised by fundraising. This is just one of several fundraisers the library does each year.

According to Board President Margot Clauss, library card holders are at an all time high. They have more than 8,000 card holders of which 4,000 are from Pike County.

“We expect to raise between $4,000 and $6,000 from this event. Everything was donated — from the banquet room to all the food and trimmings — as well as music from JAM Music Productions."

Clauss said library membership is ever increasing because there are many people who both can’t afford computers and also cannot afford the expense of hi-speed internet service.

They offer computer help with homework through one-on-one support for youngsters and teens in need of this type of service. Many seniors use the free email service available and the number of computers available for use by teens and adults has increased.

Mike and JoAnne Guerieri, two of the guests, said they were there to support the fundraising effort of the library and enjoy the evening.

The evening started with the “First Chapter” which was a selection of specialty Hor’s D’Oeuvres. This was followed by the “Main Plot” an assortment of special culinary treats from Belize, Philadelphia, Vietnam, and Macedonia. The “Conclusion” was a plate of Caramel Apple Crisp a la Mode.

All of this led into the silent auction and dancing by all. Close to 20 baskets filled with many expensive and some handmade items were available through the “silent auction."

There was lots of small talk, book talk, general socializing, and laughter that could be heard from all corners of the room.

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