New Haven Public Library 121 years old and still celebrating Mardi Gras!
Mardi Gras has become a New Haven tradition with its celebration of the fun, frivolity and funky jazz of New Orleans and the birth of a local democratic institution: New Haven Free Public Library.
"Mardi Gras is a signature fundraiser for us" notes Jim Welbourne, New Haven’s city librarian. "It’s a time to celebrate the founding of the Public Library in New Haven as well as a time to recognize those individuals and groups who help keep the library vital and vibrant for all our public today," he said.
Mardi Gras 2008 will honor Dr. Alice Prochaska, University Librarian and Yale University Library with the Noah Webster Award for feeding a passion for education and literacy beyond the formal classroom. Mary Ives Award will be given to; Read to Grow, Inc. and The New Haven Reads Community Book Bank, Inc. two community organizations that support the public library’s life long literacy mission. Mardi Gras 2008 also features a list of corporate and Foundation sponsors, including the Presenting Sponsors: Yale University and United Illuminating.
For more information about sponsorships, ads, auction items and tickets for the New Haven Public Library’s Mardi Gras visit the patrons Web site at: www.newhavenlibrarypatrons.com or by calling Barbara Segaloff at 946-8130 ext. 314.