Library dance

What goes better with a night of live swing music, dinner, and dancing but a good book?
That’s how many of those who attended the annual “Friends of the Library” dinner/dance Friday night at La Place Rendez-Vous felt as they headed home with new paperbacks under their arms.
“We were really pleased with the turnout,” Margaret Sedgwick, head librarian at the Fort Frances Public Library, said Monday.
“We sold 133 tickets and it was probably the best year yet. Every-one had such a wonderful time,” she enthused.
The event raised $2,500, which will support the many initiatives funded by the “Friends of the Library.” Currently, the group is raising money for a possible expansion of the library.
“Paul Severson and Friends” provided the live swing music for the soiree, which also included a silent book auction and door prizes.
“It was a great chance to dress up and hear some terrific music,” Sedgwick remarked.
“It turned out wonderful. I was so pleased with it,” longtime “Friends” president Jean Boileau said Monday. She was especially thankful to see so many people on hand.
“We did despair earlier in the week but people in town always buy their tickets at the last minute,” she noted.
Boileau was honoured with a special toast Friday night.
“Let’s have a toast to Jean, a toast to Queen Jean,” emcee Mike Solomon said as the room cheered and glasses clinked for “Queen Jean.”
“Friends” member Evelyn Met-ke spearheaded organizing the event.
“I thought it was excellent. I was overjoyed with how well everything went,” she said Mon-day. “We had a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the music.”
Metke said she wanted to thank everyone who helped organize the fundraiser, especially the library staff who she said worked very hard to get it off the ground.
“I want to thank everyone for all the work they put into the whole affair and the people who came,” she added. “All in all, it was a huge success.”