In 1962, Psi Iota Xi, a philanthropic group focused on art, music, and literature, sponsored the first Book Ball to raise funds for Zionsville’s private library and summer reading program.
Community members still remember dressing up for the popular event, buying or making a special dress, live music and a special night out in the 1960s and 1970s.
Today, the Hussey-Mayfield Public Library (HMMPL) operates with additional funding from an endowment-like structure donated by Lora Hussey, Olive Hoffman, and Mr. and Mrs. James Mayfield.
In 2020, the HMMPL Foundation brought back the famous Book Ball with the aim of raising funds for programs not covered by taxpayers’ money.
The reimagined event serves the same purpose; a fun evening for the community, while supporting the HMMPL Foundation and this year they are celebrating the 60e anniversary of the library with a diamond jubilee.
The entire library is closed for the evening and activities extend to all departments of the building.
Attendees can enjoy live music from Greta Speaks, catering from Sweet and Savory, 1960s literary cocktails, wine, beer and a glass of champagne as guests enter the library.
“Throughout the evening, we will have three matches,” said Catherine Coscia, co-president of the HMMPL Foundation. “We will have a 1960s-themed trivia game and a scavenger hunt in the library. When you walk in you will also receive a ‘bling’ item and there will also be a fun quiz to see who has the most ‘bling’ by the end of the night. »
There will be a live auction at the event with a variety of unique items and experiences.
In addition, the Diamond Jubilee will raise funds for the children’s room of the new Whitestown branch of the library.
“In the Children’s Room, the Library Board plans to install an architectural tree and an interactive wall and we will be supporting this goal during the Diamond Jubilee,” Coscia said. “Think of it as a life-size Lite Brite.”
Sixty years later, members of the community will still dress up (cocktail attire) and celebrate the progress of HMMPL and all that it offers to the community.
“People think the library is like books, but the programming is so robust,” Coscia said. “Right now, we are enjoying the fruits of the seed catalog. The Foundation supported the program last year and it has been a resounding success and even more so this year. It’s really all about media as a whole and has programs for both adults and children.
The Whitestown branch is currently under construction at 6310 E. Albert South Whitestown Blvd.
The Diamond Jubilee will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on August 20 at the Hussey-Mayfield Public Library, 250 N. Fifth St., Zionsville.
Buy Diamond Jubilee tickets online at http://hmmplfoundation.org/events-1. For more information about the HMMPL Foundation, visit the website at http://hmmplfoundation.org/projects.