Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Haven Free Public Library celebrates a big birthday and Mardi Gras

On Feb. 21, , the New Haven Free Public Library will open its Main Library doors for its annual Mardi Gras celebration "creating new headlines to mark the historic day and year" of its 125th birthday.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Library located at 133 Elm St. in downtown New Haven, according to a statement.

"Mardi Gras 2012 promises to be a grand bash kicking off a year-long celebration marking 125 years of public library service to the New Haven community," the statement said.
For the starting cost of $75 per person, "Mardi Gras sparkles with the Funky Butt Jazz Band setting the New Orleans mood, the exciting Silent Auction tempting bidders with pizzazz, cuisine from downtown New Haven restaurants whetting the revelers’ appetites and dancing well into the evening."
"Proceeds from the event go towards the purchase of a new eco-friendly, fully equipped ReadMobile and the multitude of children and youth programs, collections and initiatives," the statement said.

"The Mardi Gras fundraiser offers a variety of tax deductible giving opportunities to support and sustain the New Haven Free Public Library. There’s an opportunity to donate an item or service to the Silent Auction, purchase an ad in the Program Book, consider a sponsorship level or make an outright gift."

More information and giving opportunities can be found at:  or on and

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed. 

In the Photo: Matt Newton, a subcontractor for Group C graphic design company,  prepares to hang a banner advertising the upcoming Mardi Gras fundraiser at the New Haven Free Public Library's main branch.   Melanie Stengel/Register

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