Peacock Tales • Fall 2015

"Off The Shelf - A Celebration Of Books"
An Amazing Eight Years

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Peacock Keller and the Public Library Network of Washington, Greene and Fayette Counties celebrated their 8th, and final, fundraiser known as “Off the Shelf – A Celebration of Books.”

Beginning in 2008, “Off the Shelf” quickly became a go to event. Every year, the planning committee selected a theme around which the entire event would revolve and imaginations would flourish. Attendees were asked to select a book that matched the year’s theme, whether it was Food, Travel, Music, Space or Superheroes. Once the book was selected, attendees would bring the book to life with interpretive table decorating and team costumes. Over the years, participants wowed us, and each other, with their creativity, ingenuity and enthusiasm, and this year was no different.

2015 marked the 90th anniversary of Peacock Keller and its service to the Washington County community. Not only did Peacock Keller open its doors in 1925, but the literary legend, The Great Gatsby, was published. The theme and book were combined and a celebratory evening set on a Roaring-Twenties stage was born. Guests arrived dressed to the nines and embraced the care-free fun captured in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great novel.

Money raised at each “Off the Shelf” paid for the launch of WAGGIN, a ‘one-card,’ electronic library automation system. After a successful launch and bringing all 20 regional libraries online, the event raised additional funds to provide infrastructure maintenance and upgrades.

We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge all of the hard work and effort contributed by both the Public Library Network employees as well as Peacock Keller employees. “Off the Shelf – A Celebration of Books” would not have achieved such great success without each and every one of you. In addition, we must thank the community for helping us not only raise much needed funds for our libraries but for aiding us in showcasing the need for public libraries in our neighborhoods. Cheers to an amazing eight years! 

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