Salad Luncheon supports library services

Stop by the Greenbrier County Public Library and you might see: A toddler skipping inside to attend Story Hour, a student hunched over a computer, researching a paper for class, an avid reader checking out a stack of books.

These are just some of the activities you help support when you attend library fundraising events such as the 33rd Annual Salad Luncheon, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbrier County Public Library. The luncheon is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church.

In an area where many people don’t have computers, much less an Internet connection, the library is increasingly vital for functioning in today’s world. People pop into the library frequently to print out plane, train and bus tickets and insurance cards that are only available to them online. Over 15,000 people used the computer stations last year. Another 3,000 brought in their own laptop computers to take advantage of the library’s wireless connection.

Electronic media are pretty popular at the library – nearly 99,000 e-books, 28,000 e-videos and 11,000 e-audios were accessed last year. “People are really interested in all the e-formats,” Library Director Ann Farr said.

People still like paper, too. The library circulated nearly 64,000 items last year, most of those books. The children’s programs drew 2,777 participants.

The luncheon takes place in the Fellowship Hall of Lewisburg United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Washington and Lee streets. Tickets are $8 in advance for adults, and $8.50 per plate at the door. Children’s tickets are $3. A variety of salads will be offered, as well as turkey, ham, desserts, coffee and tea.

More information is available by calling the library at 304-647-7568.

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