OLEAN, NY – Friends of the Olean Library Inc. is hosting its second annual “FeBREWary” beer-tasting event this Friday at the Olean Public Library, 2 N. Main St.
The event will feature nearly 30 beers to sample from local – and not so local – breweries.
Friends members Carole McNall, Mary Giardini and Tom Jacobs have played a large part in organizing this event. Jacobs said a large part of his role in planning the event was walking into breweries and asking them to participate.
“You hope that people will help you,” Jacobs said. "For the most part, a lot of the people that run these businesses are very approachable, very willing to help a good cause. A lot of the people I speak to face-to-face are very receptive.”
Among the breweries featured at the event are Four Mile Brewing Company, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Steelbound Brewery and Distillery, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Erie Brewing Company and New Belgium Brewery. Sanzo Beverage Distributing Company will provide Budweiser and seltzer options.Wine also will be served.
McNall, an assistant professor at St. Bonaventure University, has been part of Friends of the Olean Library for close to 10 years and is the Friends vice president and secretary. McNall said she hopes the event will bring new people into the library, and also attract those who haven’t visited in a while.
“Every one of these has brought in people… Hopefully, if it’s the first time that they’ve walked in, they’ll walk in again; they’ll start looking for library programs,” McNall said.
The goal for the fundraiser is approximately $3,000 for Friends of the Library funding, which might be used for anything from additional supplies to renovations.
Giardini, communication and advancement services coordinator for Mt. Irenaeus, has been a member of Friends of the Library for three years and is its events coordinator as well as co-chair for the event. She said she loves working with Friends of the Library because they have a need she can fulfill with her experience in fundraising and event planning.
“Libraries are no longer just books; they have such a huge selection of videos; they have places where people can go in the summer. It’s air-conditioned. They can use the computers,” Giardini said. “They have a ton of different things that aren’t necessarily supported through the federal grants and the taxpayer money.”
The event is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. In addition to the beers, the event will feature soda and food options, the Basement Blues Band, a basket raffle and a beer talk from Four Mile Brewing.
Tickets are $20 each; $35 for two or $10 for designated drivers. Tickets can be purchased at the library or through the Facebook event page. The library will close at 5 p.m. Friday in preparation for the event.