When the Fayetteville Free Library relocated into the former Stickley factory in 2003, a celebration was held to honor its substantial move. That particular event led to the next year's first fundraising effort for the library called "A Novel Affair," which has become the library's biggest annual benefit, raising more than $30,000 each year to support library programming, services and the expansion of the collection. This year's event will take place Friday April 4.
"The Fayetteville Free Library is a gem treasured by our community," said Dr. Hal Wanamaker, who is honorary co-chair along with his wife Barbara. "A Novel Affair is a wonderful opportunity for patrons to support this outstanding facility."
The unique structure with hardwood floors and factory-style appeal houses the largest sheet music collection in the area with thousands of pieces to peruse, holds a musical series each Sunday, and is home to the Stickley Museum that resides on its second floor.
"People who patronize the Fayetteville Library have warm feelings for [it]," said former event chair and current committee member Renee Levy. "People really connect to that space. It's very inviting."
This year, the event is held in memory of Alfred Audi, owner of Stickley Furniture, who passed away in September.
"This building meant a great deal to Al Audi and the entire Audi family," said Betsy Long, event co-chair. "We thought it would be a fitting tribute to remember him in this way."
The gala evening, to be held at the library, will feature gourmet food stations, entertainment by the Tom Reitano Trio, a silent auction and raffle to include a Stickley Harvey Ellis rocker and a 2008 Limited Edition table. Additionally, the museum will be open for tours from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Tickets are available at the library and at the event. Admission: $75 guest, $100 patron and $125 benefactor. Call 637-6374 for tickets and information.