This year’s Books & Bites at Baldwin, the Baldwin Public Library’s annual fundraiser, will raise money to benefit the Library’s Outreach Services. Outreach Services include collections and services that target patrons with special needs such as physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, or different learning styles.
The Baldwin Public Library is planning to use the funds raised from Book & Bites at Baldwin in different departments around the Library. In the Youth Department, librarians are preparing the creation of a manipulative collection aimed at children with different physical abilities or learning styles. Funds contributed will help to purchase new materials for our Homebound Program, a service that mails books to patrons who are physically unable to come to the Library. The Library is also investigating adding a collection of magnifiers to assist the vision impaired. These services, as well as others, will be added to the Library and marketed to patrons through the use of Books & Bites funds.
“Providing access to patrons, regardless of any physical or developmental challenges, is a core tenant of Library service,” says Doug Koschik, Library Director. “Baldwin is committed to serving all of our patrons to the best of our abilities and our Outreach Services help us to accomplish that goal.”
Books & Bites will be held on Thursday, November 21 from 6:00 to 9:00p.m. at the Baldwin Public Library. The event includes an evening of dinner, music, and a chance auction. Attendees will have their choice of wine and beer provided by Big Rock Chophouse. A strolling dinner is being prepared by Bistro Joe’s, Café Via, Churchill's Bistro & Cigar Bar, Frank Street Bakery, Townhouse and What Crêpe?, with desserts from Le Petit Prince. Live music will be performed by Sean Blackman. Complimentary valet parking is provided by In House Valet. Tickets are $50 and can be obtained by calling Josh Rouan at 248-554-4683 or the Circulation Desk at 248-554-4630.
In past years, the Books & Bites at Baldwin has benefited the Library’s Youth Early Learning Corner (2011) and Teen Space (2012).
The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 West Merrill Street in downtown Birmingham.