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Library to jazz it up

This Saturday, guests of the Manlius Library's largest fundraiser are in for a treat. Organizers have secured live music by Kanjira, a popular local jazz trio that plays husky, bluesy-type love songs -- a perfect performance for a tasteful evening of food, drink and good company.

While the former fundraiser named The Novel Tea proved to be a successful event for three consecutive years, it only attracted a small, selective group and was held in the afternoons. Last year, the fundraising committee decided to kick it up a notch with Library Uncorked, choosing evening hours and providing wine pairings as its main draw. That change resulted in the doubling of funds raised from the year before, earning Manlius Library more than $12,000 that went toward library improvements.

This year, the committee has chosen to further expand its fundraising efforts with "Jazz in the Stacks," hinting a less formal, more fun approach to the annual benefit. Wine, beer, soft drinks and appetizers will be served throughout the evening, courtesy of Cafe Milan, The Wine House and Kinetic catering, while guests can mingle and browse items for the silent auction. According to committee member Pat Marzola, the auction is the best she's ever seen. Items donated for the event include gift certificates, spa treatments, paintings by local artists and a variety of gift baskets.

Reservations have been flowing in daily, said event chairperson Trish Paparone, with more than 90 tickets sold as of last week. She said she anticipates more than 150 attendees, adding that tickets will be available at the door for last-minute arrivals. Cost is $50 per person or $75 per person to become a patron of the library. Funds this year will go toward increased adult and children programming.

"A good part of [this annual event] is to promote the library -- the bonus is the money raised," Paparone said, adding the library is there for all individuals and family members. Their hope is to expose more men to the library circuit as women and children are by far the biggest supporters of their services.

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