The COVID-caused closure of the Westport Library — just a few months after reopening in its magical new transformed space — has meant a significant loss in revenue.
The cafe, store, room rentals — though the building is now open for limited services 4 hours a day, 6 days a week, all those revenue streams are still gone.
Also gone: “Booked for the Evening.” The gala — which in past years has brought Alan Alda, Patti Smith, Tom Brokaw, Pete Hamill, Wendy Wasserstein, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Martin Scorsese and more to town — was canceled this June (along with everything else).
That meant a huge financial hit. And it came at a time when the library’s expenses increased significantly. Expanded digital resources, the expense of producing over 375 top-quality educational program, the cost of cleaning and sanitizing books, materials and the entire building — all take bigger bites out of a smaller budget.
But the show must go on.
And on Saturday, October 24 (7 p.m.), the Library presents a virtual “Show of Stars.” Livestreamed from the Trefz Forum — hosted by CBS star David Pogue, and produced by “Live at Lincoln Center”‘s Andrew Wilk (both Westporters) — the event promises an hour of great entertainment.
Music, comedy, surprises — all from familiar faces — are in the works. “25 stars, 1,000 laughs, 1 night,” the library says.
To register — and give a donation of any amount — click here. Sponsorships are still available too.