Cool jazz, cool guests at library fundraiser
The venerable Atwater Library and computer centre held its annual benefit cocktail party on November 2 at its landmark building.
Established in 1828, the library does not have an endowment fund and receives only 11 per cent of its annual budget from government sources. The goal was to raise 15 per cent of the budget during this event. The library has managed to exist without any debt and is blessed with more than 100 part time volunteers to supplement its nine full-time employees. The library boasts more than 90,000 user visits per year.
Former CBC anchor Dennis Trudeau emceed the event. Former International Olympic Committee vice-president Richard Pound and author Julie Keith were guests of honour. Cool jazz was provided by the Dave Turner Jazz Trio, including a fine rendition of Black Orpheus.
Atwater director Lynn Verge now turns her attention to raising $2 million to add elevators, upgrade washrooms and replace the skylight.