Friends Annual Gala: Kids at Heart April 1, 2017


We are pleased to announce that the theme of our fourth annual gala will be "Kids at Heart.” We hope you will join us on April Fools' Day for this celebration of children’s literature!

This exciting fundraising event will feature hors d’oeuvres, wine, a silent auction, a live auction, live music, prizes, and more.

When & Where
The festivities run from 6:30-9:30 pm on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville, 2180 Hamline Avenue North.

This fun and lighthearted event is open to adults who are kids at heart. This is a public fundraiser - please invite your friends.

Registration is now open! For fast, simple online registration click the button below:

Or, to register by mail with a check, print this registration form.

Tickets are $50 in advance (until 11:00am on Friday, March 31) or $60 tickets may be purchased at the door on event night. $25 of each ticket is tax-deductible. Please note that paper tickets will not be mailed to pre-registrants. Your name will be added to a list of paid reservations at the check-in table.

Excitement is building over our silent & live auctions! The silent auction will feature electronic bidding again this year through our partner Gesture but the live auction will be conducted in person and you must be present to bid on or win live items. Silent & live auction items will be added to our auction website on a regular basis beginning in late March. Be sure to check back to see what's new!

Silent auction bidding may be done remotely through your computer or cell phone starting in the week prior to the Gala. Online bidding will continue during the first portion of the Gala or you may use one of our friendly “Personal Shoppers” to place bids for you at the event up until the silent auction is closed during the program. You can bid from anywhere, anytime before the close of the auction, from your own device! You even get an update if you are outbid! (Please note that any silent auction winners who are not present at the event when the auction closes will be responsible for contacting the Friends office to schedule pickup of items.)

Remember YOUR favorite books from childhood? The stories we grew up with will always hold a special place in our hearts.  Let's celebrate children's literature together while we raise $30,000 to add 1,500 new items to the lending collection of the Ramsey County libraries located in Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview and White Bear Lake. While the theme of this year’s event is children’s literature, funds raised will be used to purchase new books for adults as well as children. All proceeds benefit the libraries.

In 2000, the libraries’ collection budget was $1.3 million. For 2017, it is only $850,000 yet library patrons continue to request items in multiple formats including print copies, large-print books, e-books, and talking books. Every $100 raised will add five new books to the lending collection for adults and children. Gala proceeds will enable the Friends to add much needed items to the lending collection.

Can't attend the Gala, but still want to help add to the libraries' lending collection?  To make a donation online, click the button below:

Costumes or festive evening attire are encouraged but not required. Dress as your favorite character from children's literature of any era and you may win a prize in our annual costume contest! Visit our costume ideas page for suggestions.

Thank you to our event sponsors.

Thank you to our gala and auction donors.

Contact us at or 651-486-2213.


Ramsey County Library - Roseville
2180 Hamline Avenue North

Event Date: 

Saturday, April 1, 2017