St. Louis Public Library Foundation to Host Biennial  ‘Stranger Than Fiction: When Words Collide’ Fundraiser

The St. Louis Public Library Foundation will host its literary-themed fundraiser, Stranger Than Fiction: When Words Collide, celebrating the golden era of science fiction on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The intergalactic celebration will be held at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., and will offer stellar fare by Butler’s Pantry, signature cocktails by Intoxicology, music by DJ Crucial and a variety of cosmic activities.

Proceeds from the event support literacy and after-school programs at St. Louis Public Library. Tickets may be obtained at or by calling 314-539-0359.

Guests are invited to wear cocktail attire or dress as their favorite science fiction-inspired character.

“The theme evokes the elegance of mid-century combined with the fun and excitement of atomic-era science fiction,” said Megan Wall, event committee chairperson. “Think Judy Jetson wears Christian Dior or Captain Kirk hits a fancy cocktail party. Use your imagination; be inspired by classic sci-fi literature or movies to bring yesterday's world of tomorrow into today.”

Every year throughout the City of St Louis nearly 30,000 children and teens participate in literacy and after-school programs offered at St. Louis Public Library. This crucial programming is funded by the St. Louis Public Library Foundation and includes: Homework Helpers, Summer Camps, Read it Forward and Born to Read.

“Born to Read is a new comprehensive early childhood initiative serving the most vulnerable in our community, children birth to age eight,” said Liz Reeves, director of the St. Louis Public Library Foundation. 

In addition to the gala fundraiser, Library lovers and science fiction ‘geeks’ from all over the globe can show their support by purchasing a chance to win tickets to the hottest event in the galaxy, Comic-Con 2018 in San Diego, Calif. The 1st prize winner will receive two tickets to Comic-Con with hotel accommodations for two nights. The 2nd prize winner will be featured in the Lion Forge comic, “The Lion’s Den.” All prizes courtesy of Lion Forge Comics. 

Chairs for this year’s event are Megan and Tom Wall and Erica and Bryan Willert.

Major sponsors include:
Rocket Commanders
: Alison and John Ferring; Mad Scientists: Yvette and John Dubinsky, U.S. Bank, Willert Home Products; Cyborgs: BSI Constructors, Inc., DFC Group, Deborah and Bob Dolgin, Hope and Julian Edison, Edward Jones, Lashly & Baer PC, Monsanto Company, St. Louis Business Journal, Washington University; Rayguns: Ameren Missouri, Capes Sokol, Commerce Bank, Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty, Husch Blackwell, Lewis Rice LLC, Lion Forge, Pride of St. Louis Redevelopment Charitable Fund / Harvey and Judy Harris, St. Louis Public Radio, Laura and Matt Villa, Young Dental; Androids: Anonymous, David A. Blanton, III, Stephen F. and Camilla T. Brauer, Jack Coatar, Anne Leners and Dr. Daniel Cook, Sarah Davis, Davis & Travaglini LLC, Gerald and Ida Early, Sara Epstein, Carolyn and Kevin Farrell, Fox Family Foundation, Jenni and Richard Gemberling, Barbara Bushman Goodman, Jan and Ron Greenberg, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, Sedgwick Mead, Isabelle and Jean-Paul Montupet, Jill and Lawrence K. Otto, Deborah J. Patterson, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Peters, The Prufrock Foundation, Joe and Sue Rechter, Janet and Lee Rodgers, Rome West Realty-Susan Sauer, Dr. Stephen P. Ryan and Christina Ryan, Joe and Mary Anne Sedey, Teg and Frank Stokes, Perry and Don Streett and Phyllis Young.

Additional support provided by: Butler’s Pantry, Coast a Message, Dierbergs, El Gato Gomez, Intoxicology, Schlafly Beer, Starwood Wines, The Pasta House Company and T.S.V. Sound and Vision.

For more information about the St. Louis Public Library Foundation’s Stranger Than Fiction: When Words Collide biannual gala, contact Emilee Murphree at 314-539-0343.

St. Louis Public Library
St. Louis Public Library has 17 locations across the city and sees more than 2.3 million visitors each year. The Library has more than four million books and items in its collection and more than 83,000 Library cardholders. St. Louis Public Library is committed to its mission of providing learning resources and information services that support and improve the St. Louis community.

St. Louis Public Library Foundation
The mission of the St. Louis Public Library Foundation is to support St. Louis Public Library programs and services through advocacy and fundraising and to build relationships with others who share a passion for the Library’s work. 

Lion Forge
Lion Forge is a trans-media studio with a focus on comics, publishing across all age groups. As a company committed to “Comics for Everyone,” they strive to publish titles that reflect the diversity of our world in the characters, the creators, and the Lion Forge team, and to create content that is just as original.