The Library Affair offers tables of creativity


By Sally Neel | Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library Foundation

It is time to order your tickets for this year’s most highly anticipated gala event, The Library Affair, scheduled for April 9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association clubhouse, located at 230 Port Ave. 

Not only will you enjoy delicious food, a cash bar and beautiful music, you will have the opportunity to bid on 17 of the most creatively decorated dining tables imaginable. These tables each have a book theme in honor of our Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library. The winning bid allows the bidder to take home the entire contents of the table, from dishes, silverware and glassware to the marvelous centerpieces created especially for the event.

How would you decorate a dining table based on Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are?” Let your imagination roam a bit. Whatever comes to your mind, go even further. Chances are you will not come close to the design of Thingamajig Theater Company’s Laura Moore or her co-designer, Tanya Quinn, set designer for Thingamajig. 

“We can’t seem to stop,” said Moore. “We keep coming up with new ideas. It’s so much fun!”

This seems to be the consensus of all the decorators. Books just naturally offer our minds the opportunity to wander to different lands, different life situations, different times. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until the big event to vote on your favorite book-themed table decoration. For only $1 per vote, you can get a sneak peek of the tables and offer your vote for your favorite designs. The designers of the table that acquires the most online votes will win the prestigious Pagosa Pulitzer Prize. The winners will be announced at The Library Affair.

The tables will be on full display at the Library Affair. You will have the opportunity to examine each one and put in a bid for the entire contents of your favorite tables. You will no doubt be dazzled by the creative beauty and whimsy of these wonderful creations. 

The event is being underwritten by generous sponsors so that almost all the proceeds from the event will go toward the library expansion fund. Tickets for the event are $50 each. You may vote, buy tickets, make donations and learn more about the upcoming library expansion at: Tickets also are available at the library (cash or check only). 

Come and enjoy a wonderful evening in support of one of Pagosa Springs’ greatest treasures, the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library. You may go home with treasures of your own if you are the highest bidder on one of the magnificent tables. We hope to see you there.