Howard County Library


March 03, 2002|By Sloane Brown

As if the East Columbia Library didn't hold enough literary delights, visual treats abounded as well at "Evening in the Stacks," the fifth annual fund-raiser for the Howard County Library. The winter wonderland theme first greeted guests as they entered the foyer through an "arbor" of white branches twinkling with little white lights, set into "drifts" of fluffy cotton "snow." The children's area was swagged in white, where guests could help themselves to punch, dipping into a large bowl carved out of ice.

Wandering through the aforementioned stacks had a culinary payoff, as various local chefs manned food stations there. In other rooms, you could dance to tunes from a local band, or listen to poets and writers read from their works.

Among the 450 folks enjoying the ultimate book party: Averell Greenwood Jr., Howard County Library board president; Charles Broida and Patrick Clancy, board members; Louise Riemer and Phyllis Greenbaum, Friends of the Howard County Library board members; Valerie J. Gross, Howard County Library director; Allegra Bennett, Baltimore-based writer; Barbara DeCesare, Westminster-based writer; Maggie Brown, Columbia Association president; Emery Pajer, Annapolis-based illustrator; Chuck Punte, Internal Revenue Service auditor; Wayne McNair, Johns Hopkins Hospital senior analyst; Mary Wynne Eisenberg, Ascension Lutheran Pre-School teacher; Tom Riggin, Baker & Taylor governmental sales manager; Dick Phillips, Maryland Management Co. senior vice president; Kipp Schrack, LDR / HNTB Inc. landscape architect; Beverly Melton, Patuxent Publishing technical training manager; Linda Carson, Oakland Mills High School Spanish / French teacher; Pat Fisher, P. Fisher & Associates principal; Pat Bates, Maryland Center for the Book retired director; and Dick Story, Howard County Economic Development Authority CEO.

The soiree raised more than $36,000 for the Howard County Library.

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