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Greenwich Library Challenges Darien For Fundraising Book Bowl

Haley Elmlinger, President of Greenwich Library Board of Trustees
Haley Elmlinger, President of Greenwich Library Board of Trustees Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- There's the Orange Bowl — and the Rose Bowl. And now there is the Book Bowl.

The Greenwich Library is challenging the Darien Library to their first-ever Book Bowl.

The monthlong contest launches today #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, and concludes Dec. 31.

With the two towns competing to raise the most funds for their respective libraries, this campaign brings the competitive spirit of an exciting sports event to Greenwich and Darien.

To go along with the competitive spirit of a bowl game, the losing library will host a tail-gate party at the winning library for staff and volunteers.

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“Like the library, the Book Bowl will connect our entire community,” said Haley Elmlinger, president of Greenwich Library Board of Trustees. “Whether you’re a young child who attends Saturday science programs, a teen who prepares for exams in the Jewel, an entrepreneur who uses the extensive business databases, or an older adult who enjoys the conversation and companionship of a Book Club; everyone who enjoys the library can participate in the Book Bowl. All donations are welcome.”

The towns of Greenwich and Darien fund their library’s annual operating budgets. Greenwich Library depends on the support of private donors to enhance and develop new programs and services for the public, and in Darien Library’s case, all books, DVDs, databases, technology and programs are paid for solely by private donations. The funds raised during the monthlong Book Bowl will benefit each library’s Annual Appeal.

“Darien and Greenwich both enjoy top national rankings due to the quality of their staffs and the innovative materials, programs and services made possible by the support of their private donors,” said Tad Smith, president of the Darien Library Board of Trustees. “Darien is always up for a competition with Greenwich, whether it be on the sports field or a Book Bowl.”

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