Over fifty Tri-Town area residents recently gathered for the Elizabeth Taber Library’s Tables of Content fundraiser. An elegant dinner and lively book discussion were featured at each of the six dinner tables. The event was held on two separate evenings in November, hosted in private homes by library board members and supporters. The event was sponsored by Kinlin Grover Real Estate.
Participants chose the book they wanted to read and a convenient date. Not knowing the identity of their hosts or other guests added to the anticipatory intrigue and then to the excitement of arriving at their dinner destination and discovering who else was coming to dinner.
In late September, the library posted the list of books: Exit West, Educated, Love and Ruin, Killers of the Flower Moon, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Selected by the dinner host committee, they covered a range of interests from current best sellers and historical fiction to biography and a classic. Most popular among the books was Educated, for which two dinner tables were filled. Lively discussions of the book selection were a major contributor to each dinner’s success.
Comments on the event ranged from “This was the best fundraiser I’ve ever attended” to “It was stellar in all respects – congenial company, delicious food, entertaining conversation, and a stimulating discussion.” One guest even made the decision to sign up for a second dinner because she so enjoyed herself on the first evening.
All funds raised will go to the library’s programming and technology efforts. The Board continues to supplement the Town’s library budget which covers only “bricks and mortar” expenses: building maintenance and operation, salaries, and basic supplies. The additional 30% of the library’s annual budget is funded by individual and corporate Supporters, the annual summer Book Sale, and other fundraising events such as Tables of Content.
Based on so many positive responses, the Library Board hopes to make this fundraiser an annual event. If you would like to host a dinner or work on the Tables of Content committee to promote the next event, please contact Connie Pierce at email@example.com or 508-748-2372.