Seems lots of news from the Riverside Public Library has been coming across my computer of late, and it is all good news. However, I will say that the library of my childhood has come a long way from the “Shhh” and “No talking” days that are indelibly etched in my mind.
Proof of that is the latest event coming from the Friends of the Library (and aren’t we all friends of the library?) when this Saturday evening, May 3, they will be hosting a fundraiser, which is actually two events at the library called “Bingo and Boogieing.” Yes, there will be music and noise in the Great Room and the movie room.
Each event will be $25 per person with 12 games of Bingo (yes, there are prizes) from 6-8 p.m. Your ticket price will also include a drink or snack ticket. If you’re not too tired for another $25, you can attend “Dancing in the Stacks,” featuring the live music of the locally popular Buddy Love Review.
There will be a cash bar and refreshments to purchase, but since this is an adults-only evening, you must be 21 years of age to attend, so have your IDs ready. There will also be drawings and door prizes making it a fun-filled evening.
The Friends of the Library was formed in 1931. Since that time they have worked to support the library, which is no longer just a place to take out a book. The Library now provides many services and programs for its patrons, and has been able to continue to do so in part through the efforts of the Friends of the Library, now nearing their 85th year.
Thank you: In a recent column about the drug stores which were once a part of Riverside, I briefly mentioned a drug store located on Harlem Avenue near the Burlington tracks.
I did not remember the name of the establishment, but I knew that one of you readers would come across with the answer and C. Lucas did.
It was Hajicak Drug Store, located at 3250 Harlem Ave. (where the bartending school is now), and the phone number was HIckory 7-0585. He also included the address and phone number of Riverside Drug Inc. at the corner of Forest and East. The pharmacists there were E.H. Zeiler and E. Scope.
Thanks, Mr. Lucas! I have great readers!