The traditional rule of libraries may have been "no talking, no dancing and definitely no loud music." But for one special night more than 300 adult library enthusiasts enjoyed an after-hours party to kick off the highly anticipated renovation of CLP - South Side.Even Library founder Andrew Carnegie made an appearance - if only in cardboard form.
DJ Carla Leininger of Global Beats kept the building hopping, while party-goers sampled food donated by neighborhood eateries and savored "Book Drops," a signature cocktail that Clique Vodka mixologists created exclusively for the event. Outside, lights, music and the sight of people leaving the Library with do-it-yourself crafts from the I Made It Market! turned the heads of even the most seasoned Carson Street revelers.
More than $12,000 was raised through event ticket sales and a silent auction that featured fierce competitive bidding on eclectic items from the Library's long history. Supporters cast bids on a variety of items including survival supplies from when the Library was a bomb shelter in the early 1960s, desks, vintage television armoires and bookcases.
"I enjoyed being part of the Late Night Committee," said Betsy Plank, Sales Manager for the Omni William Penn Hotel. "Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is an important organization that does so much good for so many people here in the city."
Ms. Plank was one of 28 committee members who volunteered their time to organize and promote the event. "This event is a great way to show young professionals what an important resource the Library is to our great city and that the Library needs support," Ms. Plank said. "I had fun and look forward to next year!"
To make way for much-needed air conditioning (and many other updates!), CLP - South Side closed at the end of business on June 30 for renovation. A project overview, new architectural renderings and construction updates are posted on the Library's website. While the project is expected to take 12 months to complete, planning is already underway for the reopening celebration in 2012.
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