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June 3, 2009 > A Night in the Library

A Night in the Library

By Suzanne Ortt

High spirits are in the air. A Night in the Library, the fifth Annual Gala Fundraiser organized by the Alameda County Library Foundation (ACLF), promises an enchanting time. Emcee for this lively affair is Scott McGrew of NBC11.

Dynamic Taiko drummers and thrilling dances by the Academy of Chinese Performing Arts will delight attendees. A delectable array of food and wine will grace the tables. Food and beverage donors are Estancio Winery, Karin Johnson Specialty Cakes and Pastries, Ollie Smith's Tea Pantry and Miraglia Catering.

Exciting items for the live and silent auctions include a Hollywood celebrity chef dinner, Club Sport family membership, Bay Area cruises, an exotic getaway to the Royal Sands Resort and World Class Spa, Cancun, Mexico and more.

The Alameda County Library Foundation funds varied activities and programs throughout the county. It recognizes a common thread of importance provided by libraries and reading for everyone. The Foundation's mission is to encourage library usage and instill a love of reading.

Richard Ajluni of the ACLF stresses the need for libraries. "Libraries are a haven for the unemployed, a gathering place for students, and a destination for families seeking information and entertainment. Library foundations connect communities with their libraries, they stretch public dollars further, provide programs and services that would not otherwise be available."

This fundraiser benefits all Alameda County Library programs. Among numerous activities are those connected to prisons. Start with a Story provides books, story times, and outreach to hundreds of children who visit their incarcerated parents at Alameda County Jail in Santa Rita. It operates Saturday and Sunday mornings and provides invaluable literary services to these children. Family visits are more pleasant and more regular because children have activities while waiting for their visits. In 1999, Write to Read began at Juvenile Hall. Now the library is well-stocked and nearly 100 percent of the youths check out and read appealing, relevant material.

Six homework centers give support throughout Alameda County, averaging more than 8,000 visits annually. High school volunteers work with staff to provide this service.
Well known to senior citizens at all library branches are local history programs and exciting travel videos.

Fremont Bank is the presenting sponsor of the Gala. Other sponsors are NBC11, Cargill Salt, Kaiser Permanente, Harrison Accounting Group, Jack Lee Fong Insurance Agency, Dublin Host Lions Club Foundation, and EDesignC, Inc.

Join in the fun on Friday, June 5 and support the your local libraries.

A Night in the Library
Friday, June 5
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1542

Tickets $100 or 12 for $1,000

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