If you enjoy trivia, 'A Taste of Knowledge' is the answer
If you like trivia, food and even some beer and wine, then the Washington County Free Library’s “A Taste Of Knowledge” Trivia Night may be the place for you.
The popular annual fundraiser returns to the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library on Saturday, April 6, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event is in its third year and funds help support the educational and cultural programming at the Washington County Free Library.
“It is a fun event that we have,” said Sarah Hull, adult programming and community partnership librarian at Washington County Free Library. “It gives local businesses and citizens an opportunity to directly support our educational and cultural programming. That includes all the different classes, workshops, story times, any library programs. We try to have different types of library programming that impact the community and experiences that offers them opportunities to grow. Last year, we had 2,800 programs, and 38,000 people attended those programs. That’s all throughout the county and includes the branch libraries.”
The night will feature multiple rounds of questions from a variety of topics. For those who may not be trivia savvy, there will be a variety of different activities and offerings for participants including a photo booth, live music, food, beer and wine.
“We have three rounds of trivia that ranges from books or movies to local history. Our ‘Trivia Meister’ is Lou Scally,” Hull explained. “There’s different activities and games for people who aren’t participating in teams, which can be up to six people. The food will be delicious. We’ll have wine and beer.”
Hull said that Antietam Brewery will be providing the beer, while the food will be courtesy of Benny’s Pub.
“It (food) was so good last year I thought people would be walking out with it in their pockets,” Hull said. “There’ll be a silent auction with a lot of local businesses who have supported. We also have a lot of great sponsors. We’ve got a giant Jenga, and some other tabletop games like that.”
Around 130 people came out to last year’s trivia event and Hull is hoping for an even better turnout this year.
The winning team last year went home with Western Maryland Blues Fest tickets, and the pride of knowing that they were the big winners.
“Our winners from last year were the Meritus Health team,” Hull said.
Prizes have not yet been determined for this year, but according to Hull, “there’ll definitely be a trophy and bragging rights.”
Hull believes that the library system is paramount to Washington County.
“Washington County Free Library serves the entire county,” she said. “We try to get as many programs and opportunities to the community as we can, and it’s all free of charge. Whether it’s financial literacy classes or technology classes, or book clubs, or just a place for someone to sit and read and use the computers to access important information. We’re a one-stop community center.”
In addition to the many programs at the library, a September paper shredding event has also become a mainstay.
Hull also credited the Friends of the Library, a group that supports the library throughout the year with different fundraisers, for its efforts throughout the year.
“Libraries are educational institutions, and offer opportunities for the entire family and the community as a whole. It’s important for people to come to a place together to learn and to grow, especially since we serve all ages,” Hull said.
Top photo: The Meritus Health trivia team won last year’s ‘Taste of Knowledge’ trivia prize which included tickets to the Western Maryland Blues Fest. (Submitted photo)