Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries to Hold “A Whale of a Tale” Gala

submitted photo • From the 2017 Friends Gala with the them “Kids at Heart,” celebrating children’s literature.

The Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries have announced the theme for their fifth Annual Gala: “A Whale of a Tale.” The celebration of literary adventures on oceans, lakes, rivers and ponds will be a public fundraiser held on Saturday, February 24, at the Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N.

The gala will run from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and feature live music, a silent auction, a live auction, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and craft beer, prizes, a costume contest, a photo booth and more. All proceeds benefit the seven branch locations of the Ramsey County Library. 

The live and silent auctions will feature exciting items in categories such as dining and sightseeing experiences, sports memorabilia and tickets, artwork, comedy and theater tickets, autographed books and gift baskets.  

Past Friends Galas were attended by more than 280 people and raised $30,000 to add 1,500 new items to the lending collection of the Ramsey County libraries located in Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview and White Bear Lake. The Friends’ goal is to repeat this success in 2018. 

Last year, the Ramsey County Libraries served 1,574,655 visitors and circulated 3,850,918 items from the lending collection. The Ramsey County libraries have the highest circulation per staff member in the Twin Cities metro area. Gala proceeds enable the Friends to add much-needed items to the lending collection, including extra copies of the most popular materials as well as audio books, large-print books, e-books and special collections. 

Costumes or festive evening attire are encouraged but not required. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Guests can make a real splash by dressing as their favorite characters from any fiction or non-fiction book set in, on or around water.  

The event is open to the public and tickets are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased either online or by mail for $50 per person in advance, or $60 at the door. $25 of each ticket is tax deductible as a donation. To order a ticket or learn more go to

For additional information, contact Cyndi Cook, executive director, at 651-486-2213 or

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