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‘Book’ a night of fun and excitement

May 9, 2019

LEAD — For the 10th year the Hearst Library in Lead will be holding its wine tasting and auction fundraiser from 5-7 p.m., Friday at the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center.

“It’s fantastic and fabulous and fun,” said Kim Borsch, president of the Lead Library Endowment Board.

Borsch said that around 150 people attended the last fundraiser, and over the past 10 events, the library has raised more than $50,000.

Borsch explained that the city of Lead and funds from the county pay for most of the operating cost of the library; however, the money raised from community events such as this help to set the Hearst Library apart from other book repositories.

“I’m kind of a library fiend,” she said. “I got to most libraries in every town that I travel to; I like to see them, and this one, I think, definitely stands out because of the little bit extra that they do.”

For a $15 suggested donation, attendees to the event will be treated to wine, desserts provided by Cheyenne Crossing and Chubby Chipmunk, and live music by Dan Goldfus as they take part in a silent auction, where they can bid on items donated to by area businesses as well as private community members.

Borsch said the outpouring of donations has been so great that she and the library staff have had to assemble most of the items into gift baskets, which have been given whimsical names based on the overall theme of the basket, such as “Live, laugh, love, and salsa,” “Looks like you’re not going to work tomorrow,” and “Wickle me, pickle me, tickle me, too.”

Library Director Cyndie Harlan explained that with the growing popularity of the library’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, the board wanted to keep it as more of a community appreciation event, so they’ve decided to stagger the two; one year holding the fundraiser, and the next hosting the Cinco de Mayo party.

“Almost every business in Lead and Deadwood has donated to the fundraiser on a very regular basis,” Harlan said. “It’s a lot to ask people to do every year.”

“As long as we have more money than we had yesterday, we succeeded,” Assistant Library Director Katie Nebelsick added. “That’s the point, we want to put on a good event for people to enjoy.”

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