Food and drink aren't usually allowed in a library, but there will be an exception on Jan. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. That's when the Friends of the Kendall Young Library will host the inaugural "Festival of Chocolate" event. It's a fundraiser to help fund library programs and activities not covered in the normal operating budget, according to event organizers. Admission is four dollars for Friends of the Library members and five dollars for non-members. Kids under 10 get in for two dollars. Organizers hope the event will become an annual mid-winter celebration of all things chocolate.
There are two ways to participate in the Festival of Chocolate: One is to simply come and sample the wide variety of chocolate confections and concoctions. Or you may enter the bake-off by whipping up a batch of your favorite chocolate goody. There are four categories: brownies/bars, cake/cupcakes, confections/candy and cookies. A panel of judges will select the top entries in each category and award prizes. There will also be a "People's Choice" award for the public favorite.
Festival of Chocolate judges are Holly Martin, Marilyn Middleton, Yvonne McCormick, Ben Everson, Pat Powers, Dan Corrow, Tim Anderson, and Janet Adams. Entry forms are available at the library.
Friends of the Library sponsors the Library book sale and other fundraising activities. The revenue supports Kendall Young Library reading programs, the annual Family Game Night and other Library services and projects.