MOOERS - The Mooers Free Library needs help from the community.
On Saturday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a Mooers Free Library Benefit Day at the Mooers Fire Station on Route 11 to help raise donations needed for the library.
"This year with the budget cuts, we're really finding that we're really just going over what we have for money," explained Mooers Free Library Board public relations officer Katharine Evans. "It's been really tight this year."
Treasurer Debbie Dragoon said they're hoping to raise about $500 at the benefit, but that the state funding has left them with a $3,196 shortfall.
Dragoon said her husband, Scott Dragoon came up with the idea for the benefit and the idea snowballed.
"He just came up with doing the fundraising thing and thought Larry Gooley would be a great person to have and we didn't realize that not only is he a great person, but he's a publisher for other authors," said Dragoon.
Gooley, operator of Bloated Toe Enterprises, organizer of North Country Authors, and the author of nine books including "Terror in the Adirondacks: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert F. Garrow," will be at the event and will be bringing other local authors Kathy Baumgarten, Richard Frost, Bob Garrow, Doug Kashorek, Gordie Little, and Anastasia Pratt.
"[Gooley's] trying to get these authors to kind of come out and be more in the public's eye, so to speak,"said Evans. "Talk to people about what they're doing or what they've done."
Some of the familiar books written by these authors include "Strictly A Loner: My Life and Times with Plattsburgh's Poorest Millionaire," by Baumgarten; "The Only Game in Town: A Century of North Country Town Team Baseball, 1860-1960," by Garrow; "Kin of Cain," by Kashorek; "Ghosts of Clinton County (2009)," by Little; and "(Images of America Series)," by Pratt.
"I think it's pretty amazing," said Dragoon of the authors coming to the benefit. "It's going to be great for them because it's a great opportunity for them to showcase their talent."
The benefit will also include a Chinese auction, book sale, and Lilly the therapy dog.
"Alex Lamberton has a therapy dog where she comes to the library and she has students who are afraid of reading ... read to the dog,"said Dragoon. "She's going to be there representing the program so people are aware of it."
"I believe she has seven students right now she's been working with regularly and now are starting to sign out books [from the library]," she added.
With the different types of events being held at the benefit, Dragoon believes it is truly a family event.
"I think it's going to be a great community event that is one that doesn't happen very often to get so many authors in one area," she said. "It's a way to bring the family together. With all these electronics, we're getting away from books and I think we need to return to books and old ways and traditional ways of learning."
For more information, contact the Mooers Free Library at 236-7744.