WELLSBURG - An event inspired by the past is helping the Brooke County Public Library with efforts to make new technology available to the community.
The Victorian tea held July 28 by the Brooke Area AARP Chapter raised $2,000 toward efforts by the library to supply e-books to its patrons.
Mary Kay Wallace, the library's director, attended an AARP meeting with library board members Ruth Lewis and Carol Churchman to express thanks for the donation.
She said the money and support from the Friends of the Brooke County Library will help with fees for an Internet service through which a variety of e-books may be downloaded.
Wallace said many patrons have requested e-books after receiving various e-readers as gifts and she and the library board want to keep up with the new demand.
"We're eager to get launched and we're grateful for the AARP chapter's support," she said.
Wallace added she and others are working out which Internet service from which the library will download the e-books.
Wallace said in addition to raising funds for the library, the tea was great fun.
"It was fantastic. I hope it becomes a yearly event," she said.
Guests were encouraged to don period clothing and bring their favorite teacups and saucers.
Among the many who did were Paula White of Wellsburg, her daughter, Danielle Meneely, also of Wellsburg; and friend Carrie Burke of Wintersville.
White said she also brought her grandmother's old teacups, which she believes date back to the turn of the century.
AARP leader Nancy Patterson, who chaired the event, got the idea to hold the tea, which included food, a Chinese auction and door prizes, after attending a similar event in Florida.