Peters Township Public Library hosts tasty fundraiser

Published Apr 3, 2013 at 10:38 am (Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 10:38 am)

More than 20 local restaurants and eateries will participate in the 12th annual Taste of the Township from 7-11 p.m. April 19 at the Valley Brook Country Club to benefit the Peters Township Public Library.

Money raised will be used primarily to fund programs for children, young adults and adults.

“The library is like a gathering place in the municipality,” said Pier Lee, library director. “Programs get a lot of people in the library, but some of the programs cost money.”

Last year, 20,846 children took part in 737 programs geared for the younger librarygoers. One hundred forty-five programs were offered for young adults and 1,734 took part. In the adult range, 5,196 attended 240 different programs.

Money raised at Taste of the Township will be used to help the library reach its goal to meet current library trends, including enhancing existing technology and purchasing new non-fiction and research materials, as well as adding to the book fund for the purchase of new literature.

Lee said with new technology, some patrons download information from home or other locations, and readers have no need to physically enter the library building.

However, the Peters library is an active location. In 2012, there were 195,074 visitors who actually walked through the doors, and the total circulation for the year reached 345,862. The library offers free access to computers and last year, 23,968 library patrons used the computers.

All of that, and more, is funded by tickets sales to Taste of the Township. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at the library circulation desk using cash or a check made out to TOT Friends of the Library.

At the event, more than 20 restaurants, including Arlecchino Ristorante, Atria’s Restaurant and Tavern, Bella Sera, Dinner Tyme, Edible Arrangements, Franco’s Trattoria, Juniper Grill, Merante Brothers Market, Texas Roadhouse and several Asian-style restaurants in the township, will provide samplings.

Music will be provided by Lucarelli Jazz and there will be a Chinese auction and items for silent bidding.

On sale at the event will be the library’s new R.E.A.D. Cookbook, which stands for recipes, enticing and delicious and features 225 recipes submitted by the library board, library staff, members of Friends of the Library and library volunteers. The cost is $10 and proceeds also benefit the library. All donations are tax deductible.

For additional information, call the library at 724-941-9430.

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