Monday, June 13, 2011

Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library gets creative with fundraising

Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library wove history in with fundraising this past week.
The library held a fundraiser at the Penfield House in Willoughby Hills last Thursday, which was designed by well known architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Lor Sebulski, communications and development manager for the library said all the tours were sold out and 72 people had the “rare opportunity to see the inside of a local architectural masterpiece.”
A grand total of $1,800 was raised to support the library’s adult summer reading program, she said.
Having written quite a few articles now about the financial cuts libraries across the state have taken, I can’t help but be glad to hear about something creative like this being done to help keep a program in place.
Wright designed more than 1,000 buildings, of which over 400 were built, Sebulski said.
She also shared said unlike other architects, Wright continued to design private homes while at the height of his career, which he termed, “Usonians.”
“(They) represent the culmination of his residential work,” she said. “Barely 100 were built ... the Louis Penfield House is one of these rare homes.”
While there aren’t any other fundraisers coming up on the radar just yet, Sebulski said people can always check for anything coming up by contacting her at or 440-944-6900 Ext. 112.

-- Cassandra Shofar


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