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Manlius Library to host newly-themed fundraiser

"Library Uncorked" is the chosen theme for this year's fourth annual fundraiser at the Manlius Library. In years past, the Novel Tea events -- which, last year, drew in more than 100 people and donations up to $7,000 -- had been a hit. This year, however, organizers are opting for change, calling in favor an evening of wine, food and live entertainment by students from the Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

"The teas were pretty much just women [attending]," said Pat Infantine, executive director. "This [idea] is to get more couples involved."

Six wines -- three reds and three whites -- will be selected by local wine expert Tim Buckles of The Wine House in Manlius. Kinetic Catering, also of Manlius, will provide food pairings for each wine. Additionally, a silent auction and raffle will feature items donated by area businesses, library patrons, groups and artists.

"This year we've had five business sponsors," Infantine said. "This is the first time we've had local businesses actually sponsor a library event and I can't say enough positive about the community businesses."

Sponsors include Clearpath Diagnostics, Green and Seifter Attorneys, T.H. Kinsella Inc., Stickley Audi and Co. and V.I.P. Structures.

All proceeds will help establish an area in the library that caters specifically to teens. And what is it's theme? "Comfort!" Infantine said.

"We want to make it a more unique area so it stands out from the adult sections," said Pam Gottheld, teen librarian. "[We want] to make it more comfortable for teens to want to go there."

A wish list includes additional tables and seating, shelving upgrades and study carrels. As for teen collections, Gottheld works on building them regularly with books, magazines and ever-popular Playaways.

The public is invited to donate baskets and items for the silent auction, and are especially encouraged to attend the event. Mary Karpinksi, event chair, said the group feels the library is a gift the community gives to itself and wants community members to learn about the resources it provides.

"After the library was renovated, the board got together and redefined our mission," she said. "One of the things -- we identified the library as a community center for the village of Manlius and its environs. It certainly has been that."

In May 2006, the library celebrated its grand re-opening after expanding to its current location. More than 1,000 people walked through its doors that day.

Infantine added: "It showed how the library can throw a party!"

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