Doors open to inaugural event. Thanks to Marcus Amaker for all photos!

Doors open to inaugural event. Thanks to Marcus Amaker for all photos!

Sunday, November 15, 2015 marked an important day for readers and writers in the lowcountry. LILA and friends gathered at Upper Lance Hall on the grounds of the Circular Church for an afternoon of readings and signings by lowcountry authors that included food, wine, book sales, book giveaways, and a silent auction that raised $975 to support LILA’s Little Library project.

The fundraiser offered area readers the chance to listen to and buy books from 24 participating authors. Barnes & Noble facilitated book sales, along with the authors themselves. Over $1,100 worth of books were sold during the four-hour event.

24 authors in all participated, including pictured above, Kathleen Varn, Millie West and Andra Watkins

24 authors in all participated, including pictured above, Kathleen Varn, Millie West and Andra Watkins

Between at-the-door donations, silent auction proceeds, and pledges from several authors and supporters to sponsor little library boxes (more below), LILA is thrilled to announce that we now already have enough committed to build eight out of ten boxes. The book box “build” will take place in May out at Awendaw Green.

We look forward to publicizing the build and the subsequent installation of each Little Library, too — enabling us to grow community involvement in reading as we add free neighborhood “take a book, return a book” stations throughout the Charleston area. As each library box is built and decorated, it will be registered with the International Little Free Library registry and map, showing off the Lowcountry’s love of literature to a global audience.

Author Peter Cotton delighted young fans with his Fred the Snake series of children's books

Author Peter Cotton delighted young fans with his Fred the Snake series of children’s books

No project of such value to the community could happen without the support of plenty. First, our thanks to the LILA board of directors and volunteers for the hundreds of hours put in planning the inaugural event. Second, sincere thanks to the multitude who came to listen, buy books, meet authors and make donations. And last but certainly not least, thanks to the authors who came out to sign and read and to meet new readers, and to donate their time and money and books and gifts for giveaways.

We couldn’t be prouder of this vibrant lowcountry community of readers and writers and we look forward to making plenty more new book fans when a new little library comes to a neighborhood near you!

Congratulations and Keep Reading!

Visit our Facebook Page for more photos and stay tuned for a highlight video coming soon from Marcus Amaker…

 

 

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