by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
The library has two events this week for the food and drink lovers in the community. One is a wine tasting to benefit the library, and the other is our book sale, which will feature a cookbook extravaganza this month.
The Litchfield Public Library Foundation is hosting a wine, cheese, and chocolate-tasting fundraiser tonight, Thursday, March 19. This event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Litchfield VFW on East U.S. Highway 12.
Those who attend will be able to sample 34 high-quality wines, plus three non-alcoholic wines, and nine regular and non-alcoholic beers and ales. Bruce Cottington will be providing seven types of cheese to sample. Edward Jones will be providing chocolate.
The event will feature an exhibit of black and white photography by local artist Robert Wilde.
The Foundation will also offer a silent auction with items from many local businesses. The list so far includes donations from Peter’s on Lake Ripley, Parkview Grille, Carlito’s, Swan’s Café, Dairy Queen, Litchfield Natural Food Co-op, Stockmen’s Nursery, Prairie Drifter Farm, Open Sole Yoga, Cricket Meadow, and Rodan + Fields consultant Heather Guyan, plus Jackie Zender and NFL player John Carlson. We are so grateful for their generosity.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, at the library or liquor store, or from library board members for $20 each. All proceeds benefit the library’s Foundation, which is a nonprofit that supports our local library.
For those who want to pursue their food and drink interests at home, our next book sale will be a good place to stock up. This month’s sale will feature a huge selection of cookbooks. The Friends of the Library book sale will be held Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.
There will be cookbooks by celebrity chefs, cookbooks from cultures around the world and around regions of the U.S., and books filled with quick and easy recipes. The sale will also offer cookbooks featuring special ingredients, such as cheese, meat, game, fish, berries, and vegetables. Books about coffee, tea, beer, and wine will be available, as well as cookbooks for special diets.
The March book sale will also feature a 25 cent special on vintage mysteries. The usual wide variety of books and movies will be part of the sale, as well.
Proceeds from this sale always benefit the Friends of the Litchfield Public Library, another nonprofit organization that supports our local library. Library Friends groups are like booster clubs for school activities or auxiliaries for hospitals, which may help you to understand the difference between our Foundation and our Friends group. We are grateful to have both!
Join us for the events this week and enjoy the finer things in life. As Julia Child said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.”