First-ever library gala sports 20s theme

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A first-ever gala benefit for the Friendswood Public Library promises a roaring good time for guests 21 and up.

“Speakeasy, Read Softly” is scheduled 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at the library, 416 S. Friendswood Drive.

“It’s formal — it’s roaring 1920s style,”  says City Councilman Steve Rockey, who serves as liaison for the library board. “There’s going to be a well known jazz guitarist and silent auctions. In fact, somebody’s auctioning off dinner with the mayor. All the money goes to supporting Friends of the Library.”

Tickets are $100 each, and available to anyone aged 21 and up. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, drink tickets and entertainment. It’s not required, but 1920s attire is encouraged. Friends of the Library members receive discounted admission; and applications to become one are available online at Memberships begin at $10 and go up to Business Patron level for $250.

Entertainment will be provided by acoustic guitarist Brooks Williams, a singer-songwriter known for combining roots, jazz, blues, classical and folk styles. Williams will take the stage at 7 p.m. during the event. The gala will be Williams’ first stop on his fall U.S. tour 2019.

Tickets can be purchased online at or

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