by Dave Warner

The Little Falls Public Library is holding their yearly fundraiser at Canal Side Inn on Wednesday, October 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Igniting the Creative Spirit’, and in line with that, artist Frank Wilcox will be working on an actual painting during the dinner.

Matt Powers is President of the Library board, and in a letter to sponsors, he stated, “In addition to our full-time library manager and a part-time custodian, seven part-time employees comprise the library staff. Some of their duties are traditional. They help patrons find books and conduct research. They keep track of the 39, 871 hard-copy books, 1,450 DVDs, and other electronic items our patrons borrow each month, as well as over 6,000 items via the interlibrary loan. They catalog 1,000 new items per year in-house rather than sending them to Mid-York in Utica, where we would be charged for the work.”

“Yet other duties are unique to our library. Our library is increasingly becoming a center of community activities, so our employees arrange meetings in the building for organizations (such as Preserve our Past and Main Street First), for groups (such as the Railroad and the Bridge players), for GED classes, tutoring, and study groups (an LPN group, for example), all of which use library space at no cost,” Powers stated.

Peggy Scarano, a board member for the Library said, “With the minimum wage going from $10 an hour to soon to be $15, plus the fact that these people deserve more than minimum wage, our current revenues are not enough to cover those increased costs.”

Each year they’ve had the event, they have been able to increase the amount of money that they have been able to raise. “The first year, we only made about $500,” she said.

The second year, they changed some things and almost made $1,000. In year three and four, they continued to increase the amount of money they were able to raise. “Last year, we made just short of $10,000, but that was because of one donation that totaled $5,000. We won’t have that again this year,” commented Scarano.

Powers said, “With the minimum wage increases of 70 cents this year and next, your support of this year’s fundraiser will help one of the busiest libraries in the Mid-York system stay open to serve the community.”

Scarano said, “That’s why we have to do this. And, we are so appreciative that Canal Side Inn has worked with us to make the event happen.”

Tickets for the event are $35 and the price includes admission, one complimentary wine or beer, and hot and cold hors d’oeuvres by Chef John. A raffle of paintings by local artists (Joanne DeStefano, Oscar Stivala, Liz Horender, and Bob Willman) will be held during the event. All of the proceeds will directly benefit the Little Falls Public Library. Tickets are on sale now.

For more information, call (315) 823-1542 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/igniting-the-creative-spirit-tickets-70499276233 to purchase a ticket.