The Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary Sept. 21 with a special “Night at the Library” gala featuring a live musical performance by award-winning singer, dancer and actor Elijah Rock. The evening begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. followed by Mr. Rock’s performance in the Carlsbad City Library’s Schulman Auditorium and a unique dining experience within the library, located at 1775 Dove Lane.
Mr. Rock stars in “Vegas! The Show!” at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and was recognized with an Ovation Award nomination for his role as the legendary Cotton Club star Cab Calloway in the musical revue, “I Only Have Eyes for You.” His outstanding talents as a singer and entertainer were recognized by the NAACP when it honored him with the organization’s Best Male Performer award.
Tickets to this special anniversary Gala are available for a donation of $75 with proceeds going to support Carlsbad city libraries that circulate millions of books, videos and other materials each year.
“Our libraries rank as one of the top attractions in the region,” Nassiri said. “Each month they draw more than 60,000 visitors within a city population comprised of about 110,000residents.
“Carlsbad libraries are much, much more than book repositories,” she added. “They serve as vital, vibrant community gathering centers that host author appearances, book club meetings, writing workshops, musical presentations, domestic and international film screenings, film and book streaming services.”
All net proceeds benefit ongoing library and cultural programs as well as Carlsbad’s three library facilities; Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane, the Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr. and the Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks, cultivates and provides financial support for Carlsbad’s library and cultural arts facilities and programs. Community support has enabled the Foundation to support ongoing literary and cultural programs in the library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, art exhibitions in the William D. Cannon Art Gallery, programs at the Library Learning Center as well as books and other materials for all three libraries.