Shortly after 5 p.m. Labor Day, the skies opened and it poured for about 15 minutes. Friends of Wiscasset Library’s annual fundraiser, Bands for Books, had just begun at Seafield Farm in Wiscasset when the rain descended. Nothing, however, could dampen the spirits of those attending the event, and the huge tent provided cover for all. Within a short time, the sun came out and the beautiful setting just sparkled. Outdoor tables were quickly dried and covered with tablecloths and flowers, and the Salty Dogs band soon had people dancing. A wide variety of delicious snacks and sweets, all prepared by the Library Friends, were carefully assembled and served to guests, and an amazing array of silent auction items were beautifully displayed for bidding.
The Friends had taken every precaution to ensure the safety of the event and to comply with all national and state CDC regulations. The 4,000 square foot tent allowed for widely spaced tables and plenty of fresh air, with additional seating for at least 30 outside the tent.
Over $5,000 was cleared for the Friends to use in support of Wiscasset Public Library. In past years, the Friends have completely renovated the Used Book Room, including installation of a heat pump which benefits the entire lower floor of the Library, provided much of the new and more energy efficient lighting throughout the Library, replaced the carpeting in the Children’s Room, and financed a new front door and surround. This year’s funds will make possible a much needed new counter and repainting in the circulation area of the Library. In addition to this, every year the Friends donate to the Children’s Summer Reading Program, the annual cleaning of the Library, the Main Street Page of the Wiscasset Newspaper, and printing supplies.
The Friends sincerely thank all who supported this event, which is both a fundraiser and a community gathering. After the cancellation of last year’s Bands for Books, it was a wonderful chance for neighbors and friends to safely socialize and celebrate once more.