Friends of The Tellico Village Library will be hosting the annual 4Bs Festival 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.
Tickets, on sale now at the library and online at www.tvlibrary.org, are $40 for Friends members and $50 for non-members.
“This is the Friends of the Library No. 1 party and one of three major fundraisers for the year,” Barbara Ellerbrock, board member, said.
A shuttle will be available to take guests from the parking lot of the Community Church at Tellico Village. The event has faced inclement weather in the past but has always been successful, Ellerbrock said. If it’s raining, guests are welcome to pick up a plate of food to go.
“It’s going to take place rain or shine,” she said.
The event is a major source of funding for the library, which operates largely with the help of volunteers and private donations, she said.
The 4Bs — barbecue, band, beer and books — represent the four elements that help make the fundraiser fun for everyone, Ellerbrock said.
The barbecue will be supplied by Buddy’s Bar-B-Que and will include sides of coleslaw, beans and potato salad.
“You won’t leave hungry,” she said.
Vern Lindsey and the Early Bird Special, an acoustic group that plays bluegrass, gospel and classic old time songs, will be the featured band.
“Everybody usually sings along and they can dance under the covered patio,” Ellerbrock said.
Beer will be supplied by Single Barrel Events. Wine will also be served along with soft drinks.
Books are also a big part of the event. Those who purchase tickets will be able to select three books from the library’s stock of “most wanted.”
A series of raffles offering a selection of prizes will be held during the day. Many of the prizes were donated by Friends members.
The only private library in the state, the Village facility requires a regular series of fundraising events to remain vibrant, Carolyn Page, board member and assistant treasurer, said.
The events during the year include a golf tournament for women and five mini book sales where donated books not needed in the library are sold to the public. The next book sale is scheduled for Oct. 15, while the holiday sale is Dec. 3.
A road rally, set for Oct. 29, has been held the past two years. This year’s rally will concentrate on book titles. Top prize is a private wine tasting for 20 at Total Wine, which is valued at $500. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1.
The library also solicits grants whenever possible. An American Rescue Plan Act grant was recently received and is being used to improve wireless internet access. Internet is available to anyone at no charge in the parking area outside the library.
In addition to funding, the library is in constant need of volunteers, Page said. Workers are needed for a variety of tasks, including help at the front desk and organizing informational classes held on a regular basis.
The library has more than 20,000 items for public use, including fiction and non-fiction books, language tapes and music CDs. Current magazines and newspapers can be checked out or read at leisure. Equipment such as telescopes can also be checked out.
A memory care section of the library offers training devices such as “memory bottles” and literature on exercises designed to improve memory. There are book collections for children and young adults and literacy backpacks for children.
Throughout the year, informational classes and lectures on topics of interest to the community are held at the library, Page said.
The free informational events are moderated by experts on subjects such as local wildlife, financial planning, health history and cooking. A class on “Managing back pain and keeping your back healthy” is set for Sept. 14, while historian David Flanagan will speak Sept. 28 on “Why the South lost the Civil War.”
The Friends organization will hold its annual meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Yacht Club. Local historian Bo Carey will speak about the history of Tellico Village. Anyone can join the organization for a $35 individual member fee that must be renewed annually.