Lenox Library to Host Stay at Home and Read a Book Ball

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LENOX, Mass. — The Lenox Library Association will host its second annual Stay at Home and Read a Book Ball to benefit the Lenox Library on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Guests are invited to stay at home on a winter evening, join a Zoom conversation with the event hosts, read a favorite book, enjoy a local meal, and donate to the library what they would have spent on a gala or night out.

All attendees are invited join the evening's hosts for a one-hour lively virtual conversation about books and libraries. This year's Book Ball will be hosted by six local personalities who will share their love of books, their current reads, and personal library stories. 

At the end of the live session, there will be time for Q&A's and conversation with all participants.

The Stay at Home and Read a Book Ball hosts are local celebrity Terry Hall, aka Terry a la Berry; Lenox Library Director Katie O'Neil; voracious reader and Lenox student Rosalie Cass; educator and former Lenox School Committee member Bob Vaughan; local children's book author Dan Stern; and a Lenox family of bookworms Gillian and George Hurst.

To learn more about the Stay at Home and Read a Book Ball hosts, visit the Lenox Library website page here.

Partnering with the Lenox Library Association this year are five Lenox establishments, each creating something special to benefit the Book Ball. Anyone can take advantage of these offerings whether attending the Book Ball or not. On Feb.10, Olde Heritage Tavern will donate 10 percent of the day's proceeds to the Lenox Library Association. Dare Bottleshop & Provisions will offer a special online sale at www.darebottleshop.com with the code BOOKBALL. Nejaime's Wine Cellars in Lenox will offer select wines on sale to benefit this library event. 110 Grill in Lenox donated five $20 gift cards for drawings which make anyone who donates to the Book Ball eligible to win a card. Also, Frankie's Ristorante will host a "Dine and Donate" night on Thursday, February 15th giving 10 percent of all proceeds for dine in and take out to the library's Book Ball.

The Stay at Home and Read a Book Ball is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to have a ball while reading at home and showing support for the Lenox Library by donating what might have been spent on a night out in the Berkshires.  Donate online, mail a check to the LLA Book Ball, 18 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240 or call 413.637.2630 to give your gift over the phone. Donations are tax-deductible and will support the many literacy and educational programs of the Lenox Library.

Visit https://lenoxlib.org/event/book-ball-stay-at-home-and-read/ for more information.

The 2024 Stay at Home and Read a Book Ball is supported by Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Lenox Library Association.


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