Truck by the Tracks raises library funds

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Allison Jenkins, left, Brenna Bennett, center, and Tonya Gutshall have a conversation Thursday during ‘Truck by the Tracks’ at Koi Pond Brewing Company at the Rocky Mount Mills.


Staff Writer

Friday, April 20, 2018

The wind and spirits were up Thursday evening as the Friends of the Braswell Memorial Library held its biennial fundraiser at Koi Pond Brewing Co. at the Rocky Mount Mills.

Truck by the Tracks offered a meal from the On the Square food truck, which was parked at the brewery. Wind picked up in the late afternoon, blowing over one tent, said Koi Pond Manager Josh Parvin. He showed where the other tents were held down with kegs of beer.

Parvin said he was glad to have the event at the brewery as he handed out draft beers to attendees.

“It's all about community,” Parvin said.

The library should be supported, Parvin said, adding he remembers going to the library as a child.

“As a kid I enjoyed Braswell,” Parvin said. “We're happy to be able to give back.”

The event offered beer and wine tasting, live music and guest speaker Adrian Harrold Wood, a Rocky Mount native, writer and owner of the blog Tales of an Educated Debutante.

Carolyn Patton, secretary of Friends of the Library, said the event, which has been held at the library in the past, was fantastic.

“They've been so wonderful to work with,” Patton said of Koi Pond.

The turnout is better this time than two years ago, organizers said.

Barbara Green said she attends as many functions at the Mills as she can because it's such a beautiful atmosphere.

“It's a perfect night,” Green said.

Koi Pond and the Mills is a great partner to have for the event, said library director Catherine Roche.

Proceeds from the event go toward library programs and promote literature in the city, with a portion of the proceeds also going to help the library with book inventory.

One such program is set for next week. Children and their parents will be able to meet Jacqueline Ogburn, author of “The Unicorn in the Barn,” at 4 p.m. Thursday at the library.

The Friends of Braswell Memorial Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the library. The group works to focus public attention on the library and stimulate use of the library's resources and services.