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Supporting reading and Howard County Library via delicious Italian virtual event

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Let Tonya Aiken of the Howard County Public Library tell you about the annual “Evening In The Stacks” event on February 27 that has moved online.

Howard County Library System invites those from near and far to discover the magic of Italian cuisine and culture during an interactive online fundraising event.

SerataVirtuale | Evening in the Stacks– taking place Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. – will virtually transport guests to Italy while they stay safe at home. Stops include a cooking class with Chef Francesca from AgriturismoDiacceroni in Tuscanywinemaking experience from a Tuscan vineyard, a Tuscan truffle hunt by moonlight and a Southern Italy dance party.

“The Library has made it a priority to provide creative ways for the community to keep learning, stay informed, feel less isolated and be more connected safely during a global pandemic. Taking our signature Evening in the Stacks event virtual is a natural extension of this,” said Tonya Aikens, president & CEO of Howard County Library System.

“Having been confined to our homes for most of the past year, it’s our pleasure to give people the chance to virtually venture out and enjoy themselves while helping the Library continue to offer programs to assist the most vulnerable among us,” she added.

Event proceeds will support hands-on STEM, art & literacy learning activity kits for students K-12, and access to Chromebooks and hotspots for Howard County residents without internet access. Tickets – at $55 or $175/person based on the experience level and $275/couple – are available for purchase at

About Howard County Library System

An award-winning system, Howard County Library System is a national Five Star Library System, a ranking by Library Journal for delivering excellence in education. HCLS consistently earns the highest five-star ranking, which is attained by fewer than one percent of public libraries in the U.S., and is the only library system in Maryland to do so. In 2013, HCLS won Library of the Year, a prestigious recognition from among the 21,000 public and academic libraries in North America. The recipient most profoundly demonstrates creativity, leadership and innovation. For more information, visit

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