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Fourth Annual Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser

posted Feb 14, 2020, 8:37 AM by Lawrence County Public Library
(Moulton, AL), (February 10, 2020) – The Friends of the Lawrence County Public Library has come up with a fun way to raise money to benefit the Lawrence County Public Library, as they will be hosting the fourth annual adult spelling bee on Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Moulton Middle School’s Old Gym. Teams may register by visiting the library’s website, www.lawrencecpl.org. The registration deadline is Monday, February 24th at 12:00 p.m. There is a $100 registration fee per team. There will be a $20 late entry fee for those who register after the Monday deadline.

As funds for the library have shrunk over the past few years, library staff and volunteers are doing anything they can think of to try and raise money to keep the library open the 40 hours a week the state requires. 

Friends of the Library president Vickey Lundy said she came up with the idea after her sister, who lives in Chattanooga, Tenn., told her of a library there that hosted an adult spelling bee. 

"I started doing some research on adult spelling bees and thought it would be a good idea," Lundy said. "It is a lot of fun for the adults." 

Unlike school spelling bees, where students take turns spelling words given to them by the moderator in a very serious and studious manner, Lundy said adult spelling bees are all about having fun. 

First of all, instead of a single person spelling words, there are teams of three to five people, called hives, who will be working together to spell each word given them.  A team should consist of three to five adults aged 19 years or older with an entry fee of $100 per team. Teams can be co-workers, family or friends and multiple teams from the same organization are eligible. Each hive will pick a team name and dress up in costumes with that theme, Lundy said. 

"Hopefully, if everything goes as planned, everyone dresses up in costumes," Lundy said. "If you have a team of doctors, dress like doctors, if you're butterflies, then wear butterfly wings. I think it's going to be a lot of fun." 

Audience admission tickets/pass are $5. Free admission for those under 19. Popcorn and drinks will be available. This event promises great fund and entertainment for everyone. 

Library director Rex Bain said fundraisers such as the adult spelling bee are vital to keeping the library up and running. 

“Any event that can raise money is important to the library," Bain said. "The state wants us to be open 40 hours per week since the population we serve is over 25,000 people. It is hard to keep the library open 40 hours a week when payroll has gone down so drastically." 

If the library does not remain open 40 hours per week, it risks losing state funding. 

Bain said five years ago, the annual appropriation from the county to the library was $32,000. The appropriation for the library this year was $12,650. 

"That makes it very difficult to keep the library running 40 hours a week," Bain said. "The appropriation goes to the payroll. We have plugged holes with some volunteers where we can, which is helping us get a little bit of flexibility. But at some point, you get to the point where you don't have enough volunteers to fill those holes." 

The Friends of the Library wish to acknowledge and thank Moulton Middle School Principal Talitha Shelton and her staff for making the Old Gym available for this annual event.

Last year’s adult spelling bee raised approximately $1,500 for the library.


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