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Vine2Wine returns in support of the Tualatin Public Library

Wine-tasting benefit invests in the library's future


When the Tualatin Library Foundation formed five years ago, its members were already thinking about the distant future. They wanted to create something that could withstand reduced funding, necessary technological updates and unforeseeable happenings.

Currently, the Tualatin Public Library’s primary source of funding comes from a levy that must be renewed by voters every two years. The Library Foundation has put an endowment in place in an effort to ease the blow if this money ceases to exist at any point in time. At present, its goal is to put $1 million in the endowment fund. The question, then, is where members hope to find the money.

Tip the glass

Vine2Wine takes place on Saturday, April 19, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Tualatin Public Library. Tickets cost $40 and include a take-home wine glass.

Guests will enjoy a relaxing evening of wine tasting, music and food while supporting the efforts of the Tualatin Library Foundation.

Visit the Tualatin Library Foundation for more information.

On Saturday, April 19, the Library Foundation hosts its fourth annual Vine2Wine event. Started with the idea of combining the area’s history with some of its current enterprises, the event brings hundreds of people together in support of the library and its future.

“The one thing that really excites me is that at its core, these people are showing up because they love the library,” said Library Foundation Vice President and Vine2Wine Chairman Hamish Corstorphine. “That’s really the essence of it.”

And at Corstorphine’s core, that’s why he’s there, too. A childhood love for the written word turned into a greater appreciation for knowledge and the need to help others access this knowledge. As he sees it, literacy enacts two things.

“It gets you ready for the real world and it creates an imagination. It creates thought. It creates the landscape of the mind,” Corstorphine said. “So, that’s why (I support the Library Foundation). Because without the written word, without stories, without books, without manuals — without these things — as a society we’re toast.”

Vine2Wine is not only a fundraising event, but a place for community members to come together and enjoy each others’ company. Eight different vineyards supply the wine for the evening, and the con Brio string quartet fills the air with classic music. In the past, come closing time at 9:30 p.m., the board members have had to kick out event-goers who were having too much fun to leave.

“When I’m there, I feel warm. I feel loved. I feel appreciative of these people,” Corstorphine said. “That really permeates throughout the event.”

In addition to fundraising for rainy days and other events to maintain momentum, the foundation also hopes to create awareness that the library is a community center. One where people can come and use the resources regardless of if it’s their first trip in or their 80th, if they’re a teen vying for Internet time or a student conducting research.

“Coming out of the event, I would hope that they’d have a little deeper appreciation for the library and what a wonderful space and place it is,” Corstorphine said. “And a little bit deeper appreciation and understanding of what the foundation’s role long-term benefiting the library is.”

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