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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Fundraiser gala for St. James library set for Sept. 21

  • A documentary film about a St. James artist will be shown during a fundraiser party for the James Memorial Public Library in St. James.
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  • A documentary film about a St. James artist will be shown during a fundraiser party for the James Memorial Public Library in St. James.
    As part of the Love Our Library campaign to fund and support the James Memorial Public Library, the event will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the library located at 300 W. Scioto St. in St. James.
    During the gala, the documentary film, “Premiere of the Life and Art of Mary Lou Corn,” about Mary Lou Corn, a National Watercolor Society signature member and a St. James artist and resident, will be shown.
    The event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Library group.
    The film has been in the making for the past six months. It was filmed in HD by Gene Carney, of St. James, who has archived hundreds of images of paintings as well as the gardens and home of Corn.
    Appetizers will be served along with cocktails and live music in the background. There also will be a slide show of Corn's art all through the evening as well as the viewing of the film.
    In addition, there will be a raffle drawing for a grand prize of a seven-day Mexican beach home vacation, valued at $4,000, with a $700 bonus for travel expenses. The cost is $50 for the chance to win the Mexican vacation and only 150 tickets will be sold. People do not have to be present to win.
    Second prize will be a signed print of a Corn original, valued at $400.
    Raffle tickets will be sold at the James Memorial Public Library, the St. James Tourist Information Center and Phelps County Bank or from a member of Friends of the Library
    Tickets for the event are $40 for individuals and $70 for couples and can be purchased from the same places as the raffle tickets are sold.
    The James Memorial Public Library was built 60 years ago by the James Foundation. Earlier this year, the library was turned over to the City of St. James and is no longer run by the James Foundation.
    Under this arrangement, only minimal operations funds have been allocated by the James Foundation for the library and its staff. The fundraiser will help support the library during a transition time until a library tax and probably library grants are created.
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