By Katie Lovett
---- — The books at the Newburyport Public Library will seemingly come to life on Saturday — in flower form, at least.
The Friends of the Newburyport Public Library and the Newburyport Horticultural Society are hosting the second annual fundraising initiative, Books in Bloom, on Saturday at the library.
For the fundraiser, florists and gardeners of all skill levels are busy this week creating floral arrangements in response to a book and how he or she interpreted the story. The event is similar to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts program Art in Bloom, and is drawing inquiries from gardening fans from throughout the region.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the two groups. The Friends provide financial support for programming and capital improvements to supplement the city budget. The Newburyport Horticultural Society cares for plantings around the city, including the Rail Trail garden and the community garden at the Kelley School Youth Center.
More than 30 participants have signed up to create an arrangement this year, says Dixie Smetana, a member of the Horticultural Society. Last year’s inaugural program drew a large crowd to examine displays created in response to popular novels, historical fiction, children’s books, and poetry, she added.
“Everyone who came loved it and had a good time,” Smetana said.
The arrangements will only be on display during the fundraiser, which begins at 6:30. The evening’s festivities also include musical entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a raffle and silent auction, with items donated from local businesses. The event is intended to acquaint visitors with the library’s diverse holdings and to raise funds for both organizations.
Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase at the library or by calling Debbie Knight at 978 465-3469.