2019 Spring After Hours: Battle of the Books


Friday, April 5 | 6:30 - 10:00 pm
CLP - Main (Oakland)

On Friday, April 5, our two most popular adults-only CLP events (21+) are merging into one epic evening of library revelry and literary competition. When you're not battling, enjoy light bites, cocktails and mocktails, reader's games, crafts and more!

Rally your team of three to five members, sign up to compete and start reading the books on the book list. For entrance to the competition, each team will commit to fundraise $400.

How do we participate in the Battle?
In order to compete in the Battle, teams must commit to raising at least $400 per team. Each team member will create an online fundraising page to ask for donations from friends and family to sponsor their participation in the Battle and to support the programs and services of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. You must be part of a team to participate in the Battle.

What will the money I raise be used for?
Proceeds from your fundraising efforts will be used to support the day-to-day operations of the Library. Every day, people turn to the Library for what they need - storytimes for their children, help with a job search, free WiFi and Internet access, or a good book. The list goes on and the Library is able to be there for people no matter who they are or where they come from thanks to supporters like you.

How will we be able to raise $400?
We'll provide you with a toolkit with useful tips that will help you reach your fundraising goal. If you hit your goal, keep going! Everything you raise makes a real difference for the people who use the Library every day.

Can someone donate to our team via cash or check?
Yes! Have them make out the check to "Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh" with your team name in the memo line and send it to us at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Office of External and Government Relations, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. We'll add the donation to your fundraising page so you get credit for it.

Are there prizes?
Yes! Besides knowing you did an awesome thing for the Library, the top fundraiser(s) and fundraising team(s) will be eligible for fantastic prizes. And, there will be prizes for the winners of the Battle.

My friends wants to attend, but they don't want to play in the Battle. Can they still come?
Yes! There will be plenty of fun activities at the event. We will open up individual ticket sales at a later date. All Battle teams will receive an email announcement when individual tickets are available.

Ok, we're in! How do we register?
1. Gather your team of 3 -5 members and choose a team captain.
2. Have your team captain create a fundraising page by clicking the purple "Start Fundraising" button and completing the registration process. Enter the team captain's name and contact information here.
3. On the team captain's page, choose "Create a New Team". Enter your team name here.
4. Invite the rest of your team mates to create their fundraising pages (you can invite all of your team members at one time).
5. Start fundraising for a great cause. Let the battle begin!
Remember - your team captain must register first and then create a team page before other team members can be added.

Check out the fundraising toolkit here!

Questions about registration? Call Deanne, Manager of Individual Giving and Donor Relations, at 412-622-1873 or email donors@carnegielibrary.org.

Questions about the battle? Click here.