The S. Susanna Library, the English-language lending library in Rome, is experiencing a difficult stage in terms of finances and membership and is asking for help in achieving some needed growth.
Attached to the parish of the American Catholic Church in Rome, the library has provided a lending service to Rome’s English-speaking readers for over 40 years, and is operated with the assistance of volunteers.
The library's coordinator Tonia White is planning a number of fundraising events in the coming months. "I have heard many times from members, visitors and volunteers telling me they would not know what they would do without this little gem of a library – she says – I know we are all in difficult financial times, but if you have felt that the library has in some way given you any sort of benefit, please consider returning the favour."
The library is holding an extraordinary book sale on Wednesday 26 February from 15.00-18.00, continuing until Friday 7 March during normal library hours. On sale are a wide range of secondhand fiction and nonfiction books, children's books, and English language DVDs.
A special "High Tea" takes place on Saturday 5 April, from 15.00-18.00, during which English tea will be served with cakes and scones. There will also be raffles and silent auctions. Further events are in the planning stage and will be announced shortly.
The library is located on the second floor of the building to the right of the Church of S. Susanna, and it houses over 20,000 titles. Its categories include literature, art, religion, archaeology, history, travel, cookery and novels, as well as a children's section containing many out-of-print classics.
To get in contact with the library, email Tonia White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues & Thurs 10.00-13.00, Wed 15.00-18.00, Fri 13.00-16.00, Sat & Sun 10.00-12.30.