Tickets still available for Library Roast


Tickets are still available for the 20th Annual Wilson County Library Roast to be held Tuesday, March 30, but you better hurry because the deadline to purchase yours is this Friday.

If you would like to reserve tickets, you may do so and they will be waiting for you at the door, said Alesia Burnley, director of Wilson County Libraries.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. with a catered dinner at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School.

The “Roastee” this year is Lucy Lee, a community volunteer and the first executive director of Leadership Wilson.

“Roasters” for the event have been selected by Lee and they are Steve West, her brother; Dr. Paul Stumb, dean of the Labry School of Business and Technology at Cumberland University; Judge John Gwin and Ruth and Sam Cardwell.

Burnley said she was expecting a big crowd. “I’m hoping around 250.”

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased at all three library branches located in Lebanon, Watertown and Mt. Juliet, from Library Board members or from Lee. If you would like for tickets to be held for you at the door at CHUE, call the Lebanon Library at 444-0632.

Proceeds from the Roast benefit all three libraries in Wilson County. “It helps buy computers and software, helps with matching grants, furniture,” Burnley said.

She said it is important to stay current with technology. In the past year, a new circulation system was installed that connects all three libraries in the county and allows someone to check out materials using one card. Previously, separate cards were needed. And you can reserve and renew books online.

“We couldn’t have done it without the fund raising money,” Burnley noted.

Since the Library Roasts began in 1991, the event has grossed more than $229,000.

For more information, call the Lebanon Library at 444-0632, Mt. Juliet Library at 758-7051 or Watertown Library at 237-9700.

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