Friends of the Lawrence County Public Library, a non-profit that provides annual support for the library, will host its annual Adult Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Moulton Middle School Gym at 6:30 p.m.

The Fat Tuesday, Mardis Gras-themed spelling bee is open to teams of two to five adults, ages 19 and older, Friends of the Library President Vickey Lundy said.

“Teams are encouraged to costume up to match their team name, similar to the Krewes in Mobile or New Orleans,” said Lundy. “Teams in past years have really been thought out and fitting their names. Supplied tables for the teams are ready to be decorated at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25.”

Teams of at least two participants may register for $100 per team by noon on Monday, Feb. 24. There will be a $20 late entry fee for participants who register after the deadline. Scribner Spelling Bee lists are used.

“Spectators are encouraged to spur their team on,” Lundy added.

Audience admission, which includes one skip to pass along to the ticket holder’s chosen team, is $5 per person 19 years and older. Audience members under the age of 19 are admitted free, Lundy said.

Popcorn and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Library Director Rex Bain said fundraisers like the adult spelling bee are vital for the library to remain operational.

“As funds for the library have shrunk over the past few years, library staff and volunteers are doing anything they can think of to try and raise money to keep the library open the 40 hours a week the state requires,” Bain said.

Last year’s Adult Spelling Bee netted $1,463 for the library, according to Lundy.

The Friends of the Library also hosted its 13th Annual Garden Tea Party last May, which brought in $640 for the library, and the organization’s 2019 Reading in the Garden raised about $757.

The Friends of the Library also forwards 100 percent of its membership dues to the library’s general fund, Lundy added. With 41 members last year, the non-profit provided $470 to the library in membership fees alone.  

“The non-profit status of the Friends organization has also provided the means to receive United Way donations, which are forwarded to the Library’s general fund,” said Lundy. “For the year 2019, a total of $5,428.00 has been received from United Way and forwarded to the Library. The Friends supported United Way this year by providing volunteers for the roadblock collection at the Speake crossroads.”

She said the Friends of the Library purchased several items requested by LC Public Library in 2019, including four mobile book carts used to transport books around the facility, a new refrigerator, new oven, and stove range for the library’s kitchen, and carpet cleaning services over the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday.

To become a Friends of the Library member or renew membership for 2020, family dues of $20 each, or $15 for an individual member, are accepted by contacting the organization at 256-974-0883.

To register for the Adult Spelling Bee, or for more information about other Friends of the Library fundraising events, visit the library’s website at www.lawrencecpl.org or call the number listed above.

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