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Monday, March 22, 2010

It's Dewey Time Again!

Mark your calendars and save the date - here comes "Do The Dewey," the after-hours fundraiser that benefits both the Des Plaines Public Library and the Rotary Club of Des Plaines.

This year, "Dewey" will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2010, from 7-10 PM, right here at the Library. (That's 1501 Ellinwood Street in Des Plaines, IL - we are right in the heart of downtown, next to the Metra station) Tickets are available online now or buy them at the Library registration desk.

What does it mean to "Do The Dewey?" 

You pay an entry fee of $35 ($40 at the door). That one, low ticket price brings you unlimited food, soft drinks, wine and beer and 3 hours packed with entertainment and enrichment.
This year's line-up includes:
  • The elegant jazz stylings of Jazz Couture, featuring saxophonist Nick Bisesi and "jazz soprano" Gayle Bisesi;
  • The inside scoop on casino gaming with Casino Survival Kit! Blackjack, Craps & Roulette. Learn what's what, how it works and how to play from John Grochowski, Sun Times columnist and founder of;
  • The World of Tea - taste teas from India, China and Japan;
  • Ice cream tastings from Capannari Ice Cream - yum!
  • Aura readings from the Clairvoyant Center of Chicago and handwriting analysis by a professional graphologist;
  • Take home a personalized bookmark from a demonstration of Chinese calligraphy;
  • Displays and demonstrations on bonsai & ikebana (flower arranging);
  • Demonstration/instruction in tai chi and Bollywood-style dancing;
  • and more!
If games of chance intrigue you, you can sweeten the deal by buying raffle tickets all night for great prizes. Back this year is our always popular "Wine Surprise" raffle - you buy a mystery bottle of wine and then discover a surprise gift certificate tucked away in the gift bag - everyone's a winner!

In tough economic times, it can certainly raise your spirits to go out for a night on the town and "Dewey" is surprisingly affordable and it benefits a great cause. Do the math - if you were to go out for a full meal, including wine or beer, 3 hours of live music plus some other form of entertainment, some ice cream or tea on the way home - well, you'd easily surpass $35. We'll keep you posted right here as we receive more information on entertainment and raffle prizes. If you've never attended "Do the Dewey" before, why not consider it this year? Public libraries need your help and support more than ever and doing good has never been this much fun!

Still not convinced? See photos from last year's "Dewey" and let the smiles tell the story!

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