Library hosts ninth annual ‘Wine with Friends’

The Friends of Sims Library hold "Wine with Friends" to help fund the Sims Memorial Library and its activities. File Photo/The Lion's Roar

The Friends of Sims Library hosts the ninth annual “Wine with Friends” event to raise funds in support of the Sims Memorial Library.

Guests can partake in many activities at the event scheduled for Friday, Nov. 3 on the second floor of the library.

“Guests who attend ‘Wine with Friends’ will experience an evening of socializing over delicious food and wine pairings, live music and a silent auction,” said Head of Serials Janie Branham.

Branham described some items the silent auction will feature this year.

“This year’s silent auction is our best yet, featuring some unusual items such as a Turtle Cove boat tour, a 12-month Mystery Experience subscription and a VIP pass to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival,” said Branham. “Other auction items will include books, art, wine baskets and various gift certificates.”

The funds raised during the event will be used to support the library.

According to Branham, attendees can socialize while supporting the library and participate in its activities and collections.

“Funds generated by FoSL supplement the library’s annual budget and are used to purchase needed equipment and resources, and provide programs, lectures, author readings and signings, and other special events,” said Branham.

The event has gained popularity throughout the years because of efforts by the FoSL Executive Board and because of this people have to acquire tickets beforehand to be a part of the event.

“Space is limited, so advance reservations are required and tickets cannot be purchased at the door,” said Branham. “Tickets are $35 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the wine tasting beginning at 7 p.m.”

Tickets are available for ordering online at or via check payable to Southeastern Foundation, SLU 10896, Hammond, LA 70402.

For more information about “Wine With Friends” or FoSL, contact Branham at 985-549-2186 or [email protected]

Correction: In the previous version of this article, Janie Branham was referred to as Communication Sciences and Disorders Assistant Professor and Head of Serials. Branham is Head of Serials.