, Newburyport, MA


April 3, 2014

Petals and pages

Annual Books in Bloom fundraiser benefits library, Horticultural Society

Spring will be in the air — and throughout the library — at Saturday night’s third annual Books in Bloom fundraiser.

Co-hosted by the Friends of the Newburyport Public Library and the Newburyport Horticultural Society, the event will feature more than 30 displays highlighting books or other media from the library.

“It’s this creative endeavor where participants select a book, and then they interpret something about the book into a floral arrangement,” said Cynthia Dadd, head librarian. “This year, it will be a wonderful way to welcome spring after we’ve had such a particularly difficult winter.”

Books in Bloom is modeled after the Art in Bloom festival at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where garden clubs and professional designers create floral arrangements inspired by artwork.

The Newburyport fundraiser invites both amateurs and professional florists to submit arrangements. Past book selections have “run the gamut” from children’s tales to poetry to contemporary and historical novels, Dadd said.

“We’ve had some fun ones in the past,” she said, including a display inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” and an arrangement by Mary Kuist highlighting Ghlee Woodworth's book “Tiptoe Through the Tombstones.”

Anyone wishing to submit a floral arrangement this year is still welcome to do so through Saturday. The library staff waits to see the arrangements before designing the space, in order to see what looks and fits best where, Dadd said.

“It’s always a surprise when we come in on Saturday and start to see people bringing things in,” she said. “Even the smallest and simplest are beautiful. And then we have very complex ... larger pieces, as well.”

In addition to perusing the designs that will be displayed on the first and second floors, guests will enjoy musical entertainment from students at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, sweet and savory refreshments, raffles, and beer and wine, all included in the $25 ticket price. Some of the floral arrangements will also be available to purchase through a silent auction.

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