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Show Your Library Some Love

By Kimberley Jones, June 25, 2008, 12:29pm, Under the Covers

The Austin Public Library Foundation is a nonprofit that raises private funds to "help support and strengthen Austin's public libraries" – with priority number one being the proposed breaking-ground of a new Downtown library by winter 2011, with an eye toward opening in spring/summer of 2014.

But multi-million dollar Central libraries that overlook Lady Bird Lake don't just build themselves, and that's where you come in. This weekend, APFL and new executive director Tim Staley host the annual fundraiser Texas Tales, and they've got a lovely-sounding evening at the Mexican American Cultural Center planned. Supper, sweets, and "Texas-inspired libations" (which we assume does not a six-pack of Lone Star per paying customer?) will accompany an evening of music by Jon Dee Graham, with an appearance by author Joe Nick Patoski and the emcee stylings of KVUE anchor Olga Campos.

Tickets to the Saturday night event run $125; that includes a signed copy of Patoski's new book Willie Nelson: An Epic Life.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the APFL's site here.

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