Through the dedicated efforts of numerous contributors and fund-raising events, Bucks for Books has just reached the goal to raise $57,000 by the end of June 2008. Last July our materials budget was reduced to half of the previous year and the target amount of $57,000 was the total needed for us to remain certified with the state. Since last summer, library users have regularly made cash donations to our donation boxes on the Circulation Counter and have written generous checks to benefit our library materials budget shortfall this fiscal year. Big events such as yard sales, the Patriots Football Raffle, Murder Mystery Theater and the Mini-Golf in the Library Tournament also made giant strides towards the goal. Million thanks to everyone for their generosity and support.
The library will hold a yard sale and bake sale to raise money for Bucks for Books from 9 am to 1 pm on Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd in the Southworth Library Haskell Auditorium. Donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the library April 28th through April 30th between 9 am and 8 pm. No clothing, stuffed animals or electronics.
The second annual mystery theater in the library bash was a big success. The evening featured a colorful cast of local town notables and the play was peppered with jokes about Dartmouth town government budgets, etc. Library Director Denise Medeiros as “Lotta Books” was a convict (last year’s criminal in the first annual bash) out on library confinement complete with a ball and chain and mohawk hairdo. Selectman Joseph Michaud played an attorney (he is one in real life) and Ed Iacaponi, the town’s budget director was Rocky Stallion, this year’s murder victim. Who dunnit? The audience had clues throughout the library and could fill out a police report with their guess. Ed’s daughter was the winner who guessed Nurse Ratchett. She won a mystery written by a local author, kindly donated by Baker Books.
Silent Auction items such as framed Norman Rockwell prints and massages, winery tours and a sail with Community Boating rounded out the action. Cardoza’s catered the event and ran the cash bar. All food and drink was donated by them and all present raved about the dinner buffet.
The audience featured a veritable who’s who in town with Select Board members Bob Carney, Diane Gilbert, Nat Diaz and Kathleen Horan McLean present. A huge thank-you to all the volunteers for this effort and to the Dartmouth Library Foundation for all their hard work involved in this fundraiser that is always fun, fun, fun.
This year’s second annual mystery theater fundraiser at Southworth Library will take place on Friday March 14th. Cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres will begin at 6:30 p.m. courtesy of Cardoza’s Wine, Spirits and Food Emporium. The murder mystery production begins at 7:30 p.m. A silent auction will also be held with donated items such as a guided tour of a local winery, an indoor tennis package and a sunset sail from Community Boat.
The cast of local notables includes: Edward Iacaponi as Rocky Stallion, Joseph Michaud as the Shyster Attorney, Dexter Meed as Heathcliff Bux, Henry Bousquet as Porky Prudhomme, Dr. Stephen Russell as Guy Happy, Steven Sullivan as Indy Kowalski, Captain Scott Brooks as Lt. Columbus, Sarah Storer-Rickson as Madonna Bux, Deborah Cunha as Nurse Ratchet, Shannon Jenkins as Jane Brotne and Denise Medeiros as Lotta Books.
Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at Southworth Library, Baker Books and Cardoza’s Food Emporium. All proceeds benefit the Dartmouth Library Foundation, actively involved in raising money to supplement our library material budget shortfall.
The indoor golf tournament at Southworth Library on January 27th was a big success. The event raised 10,000 for the Bucks for Books campaign to offset budget shortfalls. The event made the evening news on ABC Channel 6. The New Bedford Standard Times article about the event was also picked up a library blog called “The Shifted Librarian” in Illinois.
Read the New Bedford Standard Times article
Come to the Southworth Library on Sunday, January 27, 2008 between 9 am and 4 pm, for a swinging good time for the benefit of the Dartmouth Library Foundation’s Bucks for Books campaign.
Play 18 holes for 5.00 on an indoor miniature golf course set up throughout the library. If your score is low, continue on into the championship round for the finalists. Enjoy refreshments, face painting, massage therapy, silent auction items and more. Bring the family for a fun afternoon complete with refreshments and prizes for our winners.
Rick Bolton is providing the indoor miniature golf course–complete with obstacles. This has been a very popular fund raiser in Trumbull, Connecticut. Mr. Bolton is hoping to take the concept national with a Golf for the Gulf campaign to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He is providing the course to us to help us through our budgetary perfect storm.
We have a giant thermometer on the wall across from the circulation desk at the library colored in red as it creeps up towards the goal of $57,000.00 in our campaign to supplement our book budget shortfall this year.
We are pleased to announce that as of November 19th our total is $15,504.40. The Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries recently donated $7,000.00 towards the campaign adding a much appreciated giant leap towards our goal.
Just a reminder that donations to Bucks for Books are tax-deductible. As the holiday season arrives, remember us during the spirit of giving. And a special thank you to everyone for their contributions small or large – every little bit is appreciated.