Friends Gala 2018: A Whale of a Tale February 24, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the theme of our fifth annual gala will be "A Whale of a Tale.” We hope you will join us for this celebration of literary adventures on oceans, lakes, rivers, and ponds.

This exciting fundraising event will feature live music; complimentary wine, craft beer, and hors d’oeuvres; a silent auction; a live auction; prizes; a costume contest; a photo booth and more!

When & Where
The festivities and silent auction begin at 6:30 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville. Program with live auction begins at 8:00 and the event ends at 9:30.

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, February 23) or $60 tickets may be purchased at the door on event night. $25 of each ticket is not 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 for the check-in table.

Have fun while helping to raise $30,000 to add 1,500 new items to the lending collection of all seven Ramsey County Library locations: Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview and White Bear Lake. All proceeds benefit the libraries.

Thank you to our event sponsors! To learn about becoming a sponsor, click here or contact Cyndi Cook, Executive Director, at 651-486-2213 or Sponsorship payments may be submitted online through the electronic Gala Sponsorship Form or by contacting Cyndi Cook. To be included on event print materials, payment must be submitted by January 26, 2018.

Costumes or festive evening attire are encouraged but not required. Dress as your favorite character from literary adventures on oceans, lakes, rivers, or ponds and you may win a prize in our annual costume contest! To view images with ideas visit our costume ideas web page.

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 early February.

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.)

Auction Donations
Interested in donating an item or experience to our silent auction? Download our printable auction donation submission form or contact Caitlin Carroll at or 651-486-2213 with questions. Please submit auction items by January 26.

Contact us at or 651-486-2213.



Ramsey County Library in Roseville
2180 Hamline Ave North, Roseville, MN 55113

Event Date: 

Saturday, February 24, 2018