Friends of Library throws garden party fundraiser

The Friends of the Bartow County Library members are ready to party for a good cause.

The group has planned A Toast to Family Literacy wine tasting and garden party for Saturday, Sept. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the historic Valley View Plantation in Cartersville to raise money to promote family literacy in Bartow County.

“Our goal is to promote the Bartow County Library System and all its wonderful services,” said Friends board member Lori McAllister, who is on the event’s planning subcommittee.

“This event honors the importance of family literacy that is so important for our community. The library is a wonderful resource to develop and maintain family literacy, with its large collections of books, magazines, newspapers, movies and reading programs for all age groups.”

The garden party — which will include wine tastings by the Atlanta Wine School, tours of the plantation home, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, a message from Juvenile Court Judge Velma Tilley and a silent auction — is the first event of its kind for the Friends, McAllister said.

“We hope to make this an annual event that is always a sellout, as we hope this one will be,” she said, noting the 120 tickets are almost gone.

Valley View, at 100 Valley View Farm Road in Cartersville, is a historic Civil War plantation home privately owned by party hosts Mary and Bob Norton, who will conduct the tours.
McAllister said guests will be able to bid on a variety of silent-auction items that “appeal to every taste,” including a Let’s Get Grilling barbecue basket, a Barnsley Garden golf package, a Yeti cooler, local artisan pottery, Grand Theatre concert series tickets and a Darrah photo package.

Tilley will speak briefly to partygoers on the importance of family literacy.

“I plan to talk about the challenges we face in Juvenile Court because of the lack of family literacy,” she said. “Our court is committed to encouraging reading and encouraging children to remain in school. The benefits to the community at large, in addition to the benefit to the child or family in issue, are great.”  

McAllister said tickets for the event, being chaired by Ellen Browning of Todd Browning State Farm Insurance, are $50 and must be bought in advance. Guests must be 21 to attend.

“Our goal for this inaugural event is to clear $5,000,” she said. “Specifically, these proceeds will be used for books, programming and other media within the Bartow County Library System, which includes Adairsville, Euharlee and Cartersville public libraries.”

The party is being presented by a number of corporate and private sponsors: Chattahoochee Technical College, premier sponsor; H&H Realty and Residential, beverage sponsor; Georgia Power, F. Lee Perkins, P.C., Children’s Dental Center and Styles Auto Care, supporting sponsors; Augsburg Investments, Fleetwood Security, Westmoreland Trucking, Southern Restaurant Services Inc., Keller Williams/Kathy and Vann Vaughn, Edward Jones/Bill Chandler and Heatco, additional corporate sponsors; and John and Kerry Howard, Bob and Mary Norton, Lee Perkins, Patty and Steve Sheffield, Patty and Bill Eagar, Ellen and Todd Browning, Ronnie and Sandra Harris, Kathy and Steve Hall and Lori Pruitt, individual sponsors.

“The Friends of the Library are pleased to partner with the Nortons, Judge Tilley and our sponsors to present fundraisers such as this,” McAllister said.

The group is always seeking new members and volunteers, and the new membership year begins Oct. 1. New members can join at any of the libraries.

Other upcoming fundraisers are the Friends of the Library Craft Fair Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cartersville Civic Center next to the library (booths still available; contact Karen Barnhart at 770-382-4779) and the winter used book sale Dec. 5 at the Cartersville library.

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