Friends of Henderson Libraries hosts 8th annual Library Tree Lane

Proceeds from Dec. 2 gala reception, silent auction benefits teen collection

HENDERSON, Nev. – The Friends of Henderson Libraries will host the 8th annual Library Tree Lane with a showcase of decorated trees and wreaths beginning Saturday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Dec. 2, during normal business hours at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway in Henderson, just south of the 215 Beltway.

A holiday-themed fundraising project, this year’s Library Tree Lane will benefit the Henderson Libraries’ teen collection for grades six through 12 and will feature decorated trees and wreaths for sale, a visit from Santa Claus and drop-in story times for children and a conversation with local weatherman Kevin Janison, author of the “Deputy Dorkface” series.

The celebration will culminate with a ticketed gala reception and silent auction from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 702-492-6584. All events for Library Tree Lane take place at the Paseo Verde Library.

“We are looking forward to expanding our teen offerings this year using the proceeds from Library Tree Lane,” said Laura Jane Spina, co-chairperson of the Library Tree Lane Steering Committee. “Building that collection is important, as we want to support this age group and give them positive alternative activities and a safe place to study and do homework. The generosity of the Las Vegas Valley consistently impresses us, and we’re excited for this year’s event.”

The 2010 Library Tree Lane raised $24,000 and benefited the district’s juvenile (grades 3-6) collection.

The gala reception features a silent auction with nearly 200 beautifully decorated, themed gift baskets, live entertainment, holiday fare and wine. Guest author Andrew Kiraly, who wrote “Crit” and edits Desert Companion, is expected to attend along with the evening’s host Père Noel (aka Santa Claus).

In addition to the showcase and gala reception, the conversation with Janison, “Children’s Books: To Entertain, Education and Enlighten,” is set for 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the conference room. Santa will pay the library a visit from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, and a holiday drop-in story time is scheduled for 10 and 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Although the program is free, registration is required for the children’s programs by calling 702-492-6581.

Following the gala reception, the decorated trees will be delivered to local charities designated by the tree sponsors. Complete details are available at www.hdplfriends.org.

Library Tree Lane sponsors include Stephens Press LLC, Cash America Super Pawn, A & B Printing, Capitol North American, Boyd Gaming, American Nevada Company, United Studios of Self Defense, Unilever, BNY Mellon Wealth Management and R & S Investment Properties. Hundreds of additional companies and individuals also have donated prizes for gift baskets and chance drawings for the event.

Business or cocktail attire is recommended for the gala reception. For additional information on sponsorships, call 702-492-6584.

Established in 1943 as a single library in downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries now operates six locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

For more information on Henderson Libraries and its many services and resources, visit www.mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-6580.

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