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Library benefit to bring out some local authors

MOOERS - The Mooers Free Library needs help from the community.

On Saturday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a Mooers Free Library Benefit Day at the Mooers Fire Station on Route 11 to help raise donations needed for the library.

"This year with the budget cuts, we're really finding that we're really just going over what we have for money," explained Mooers Free Library Board public relations officer Katharine Evans. "It's been really tight this year."

Treasurer Debbie Dragoon said they're hoping to raise about $500 at the benefit, but that the state funding has left them with a $3,196 shortfall.

Dragoon said her husband, Scott Dragoon came up with the idea for the benefit and the idea snowballed.

"He just came up with doing the fundraising thing and thought Larry Gooley would be a great person to have and we didn't realize that not only is he a great person, but he's a publisher for other authors," said Dragoon.

Gooley, operator of Bloated Toe Enterprises, organizer of North Country Authors, and the author of nine books including "Terror in the Adirondacks: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert F. Garrow," will be at the event and will be bringing other local authors Kathy Baumgarten, Richard Frost, Bob Garrow, Doug Kashorek, Gordie Little, and Anastasia Pratt.

"[Gooley's] trying to get these authors to kind of come out and be more in the public's eye, so to speak,"said Evans. "Talk to people about what they're doing or what they've done."

Some of the familiar books written by these authors include "Strictly A Loner: My Life and Times with Plattsburgh's Poorest Millionaire," by Baumgarten; "The Only Game in Town: A Century of North Country Town Team Baseball, 1860-1960," by Garrow; "Kin of Cain," by Kashorek; "Ghosts of Clinton County (2009)," by Little; and "(Images of America Series)," by Pratt.

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