January 2020 The tickets for the 2020 Book Ball are officially on sale! The Book Ball was an event that originally debuted in 1962 and was organized by the Psi Iota Xi sorority\u2014which is still very active in Zionsville\u2014and was held at the Dolphin Country Club in Indianapolis, and the proceeds benefited the Children\u2019s Reading Room of the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (HMMPL) in Zionsville. Paying Homage While Raising Awareness The HMMPL Foundation\u2019s Chief Development Officer Tracy Phillips presented the idea of resurrecting and bringing a new purpose to the Book Ball. The HMMPL Foundation\u2014founded in 1999\u2014will host its first fundraising gala this coming February to pay homage to its founders and namesakes and the Psi Iota Xi sorority while sharing the purpose of the foundation with the attendees. As the community grows and the needs of the community changes, Phillips is looking at the Book Ball as a way to assist with the sustainability of the library and the longevity of the foundation, so it can continue to offer the same myriad of services and resources for generations to come. \u201cThe Book Ball will be held on Feb. 8, 2020, at the library,\u201d Phillips said. \u201cWe will begin the evening paying homage to the original philanthropists of HMMPL, and in the middle of the event, we are going to make a pivot and start talking about the future of the library. In addition to the original philanthropists, we will also be using this event to thank the original fundraisers, Psi Iota Xi sorority. Many of its members are extremely active and do so much for Zionsville. They were the ones that started fundraising for the Summer Library Program and hosted the original Book Balls, which is why we have named this event in their honor and are hoping that many of them will come to this event.\u201d As we are reminded that the Book Ball is a tradition being resurrected to pay homage to all of the support that came before us, it is also an opportunity to learn more about the foundation and what\u2019s currently going on at our library. It is also a fun and exciting way to experience the library after hours with live music by Greta Speaks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and cocktails! Attendees can participate in a \u201cBook Pull\u201d\u2014a version of a wine pull\u2014a library scavenger hunt and a special fund drive\u2014a unique opportunity to steer a new library outreach program. You must be present for the reveal of this innovative and exciting program! The ticket price will be $75 until January 1 and then on or after it goes up to $100 per person. So, get your tickets early. Sponsorships are available for the Book Ball, and interested parties should contact Phillips for individual and corporate sponsorship details. How Does the HMMPL Foundation Support Community? What people may not know is that 2019 is the 20th anniversary of the foundation\u2019s grant giving and celebrated a monumental milestone on the actual anniversary this past October when it surpassed $1 million dollars in grant distributions to the library for a myriad of programs and services. \u201cIn 1999, the HMMPL Foundation was created through the bequests of Olive Hoffman, Lora Hussey and Mary Mayfield that was separated from the public library and put into a foundation, into an endowment-like fund,\u201d Phillips explained. \u201cSo, for 20 years\u2014quietly with no publicity\u2014the board of directors of the library foundation has given grants that are funded by the distribution of the principle from this bequest.\u201d Phillips shared a fascinating anecdote about a grant from the foundation\u2019s very first grant cycle. \u201cI pulled out the grants from that grant cycle and found a grant for a poetry workshop and reading by New York author Dave Johnson,\u201d Phillips shared. \u201cIn the spring of 2002, Johnson came to Zionsville and presented a two-day program that was designed to enhance the appreciation and interest in poetry by all ages. And I recently discovered a book on our shelf , \u201cThe Closest I Ever Came to Purple\u2014A poetry anthology by the young adults of The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library,\u201d that was edited by Johnson. Some of the names of people who are published in this anthology are recognizable names and still reside in our community. This is just one of many examples of how the foundation board has been doing out-of-the-box things to benefit our library and community.\u201d This foundation has provided grants for free programs and services enjoyed by members of our community, as well as members of surrounding communities, such as popular programs like the Summer Reading Program as well as necessary infrastructure such as Wi-Fi. \u201cTo this day, the foundation is funding the library\u2019s marketing department that promotes the library and its 1,202 events\/programs that we had last year that need to be publicized,\u201d Phillips said. \u201cAnd this past October, one of innovative grants was approved that really excites me. A sensory garden that is billed as a \u2018children\u2019s\u2019 sensory garden will have a children\u2019s seating area on one level and additional seating for adults on another level, so we can have children\u2019s programs out there, moms can meet for \u2018Mom\u2019s Day Out\u2019 gatherings, book clubs or just a place of respite. The sensory garden is for everyone.\u201d The library is our community\u2019s hub, and as such, it relies on the support of its patrons to keep the high-level and vast assortment of resources and programs at our disposal. \u201cWe are the community hub,\u201d Phillips concurred. \u201cWe are the place where everyone goes for resources and programs for all ages, and we want to be even more of that. Our strategic plan will get us there, but our foundation has to be poised and ready\u2014financially\u2014to fill the needs that the community has told us it wants.\u201d For tickets and additional details on the Book Ball, visit http:\/\/bit.ly\/BOOKBALL2020. For more information on the HMMPL Foundation, visit zionsvillelibrary.org.