Book & Author Luncheon a Home Run!

The 9th Annual Book and Author Luncheon Over 220 library supporters joined the Burlingame Library Foundation Board at our ninth annual Book and Author Luncheon on May 2nd.   Guests were entertained by our three esteemed  authors, Lisa See, Dan Jurafsy and Ayelet Waldman whose comical and compelling stories help raise nearly $ 60,000. This includes $11,000 raised for this years Fund-A-Need for Technology Lab Enhancements . We were also proud to celebrate the Foundation’s 20th year of raising funds in support of the Burlingame Public Library.

Our Authors entertained and compelled us with their themes of love, friendship and the language of food. Lisa See, American writer and novelist, discussed the rich portrait of female friendship in her most recent novel, China Dolls, which became an instant New York Times bestsellers. Dan Jurafsky, Professor and Chair of Linguistics and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, amused us with his insights into the world of foods and the true meanings of the descriptive words as they appear on menus. Ayelet Waldman, an Israeli American novelist, whose recent novel, Love and Treasure, discusses the true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in the World War II.

Once again we were delighted to offer a shopping boutique this year featuring spring gifts and fashions. We are grateful to Books Inc., Jacqueline B., Kathy Kamei Designs, The Treasured Accessory, Susie O’s Handbags, Chic Design, Initial Offerings, and Flutter Eyewear for generously donating 20% of sales proceeds.

Before the event we invited our Escoffier Society members to enjoy a special, pre-luncheon private reception with our authors. At the reception welcomed and honored our newest Escoffier Society members Melanie and Kurt Hoefer, Rob and Crystal Hutter, Pat Casey, Judith Perry, Norman and Laurel Book. Members of the Escoffier Society are those individuals or companies who have designated the Burlingame Library Foundation as a beneficiary in their estate plans or other forms of planned giving, or who have made significant lifetime contributions to the Foundation.

The Book and Author Luncheon is our signature event and the funds we raise enable the Library Foundation to fulfill its mission of providing support for our local library. The Foundation’s specific goals are to enhance the collection, provide access to state of the art information technology, preserve our historic buildings, and support creative programs that enrich the community. Proceeds from the event help keep the Library’s budget sufficient to meet demand, ensuring that access to classes, databases, collections, and special events are available to those who need them.

Save the date - Book and Author Luncheon, 2016 – will be held on Saturday May 7, 2016