Treasure Chests at Newport Library Party Symbolize Inestimable Value

A treasure chest of knowledge and information

symbolizes the Newport Library

Small chests filled with gold coins, indicating a pirate’s treasure, decorated the Newport Public Library’s recent festive fundraiser to celebrate the city’s own “Miracle on Spring Street.”


Honorary Chairs Joseph and Lesley Pratt greeted guests, and the committee members had collected and were displaying alluring silent auction items. Spectacular hors d’oeuvres and cheeses were served in the packed stacks of library shelves, while musician Dave Manuel played and sang in the background beneath a large screen.


Dr. Charles Schoemaker & RI Senate President

Teresa Paiva Weed

Willliam J. Corcoran, President of the Board of Trustees, gave a short speech about the Library’s importance, as Director Regina Slezak listened appreciatively, and praised all partygoers and supporters for their “vision for the future.” Mr. Pratt thanked Don Barisco, one of the original founders of the Library, and his wife Suzanne was there to accept a book and the accolade.


As the silent auction closed and the live auction began, a Richard Grosvenor painting was sold to Dave Reed for $500., and a painting by Eveline Roberge for $700 , a dinner for 6 by Pranzi catering, and Boston Celtic tickets with parking and seats in the owner’s box were auctioned off. The Celtics tickets brought the highest bid of the evening. Chris Porter, Ken Scigulinsky, and Harry Winthrop were among the high bidders.


Eric William & Trudy Coxe, CEO of the

Preservation Society of Newport County

The Newport Public Library is a cultural treasure, keeping up with new means of transmitting information, with DVD's,  CD’s, books on tape, and a lively public computer room, as well as its collection thousand of books in print and periodicals.  Its programs include film showings of recent movies (Leonardo di Caprio, anyone?) on Thursday afternoons, a summer reading program, and lectures. For a full schedule of Library events, go to www,



The Spring Street Entrance

A beaming Bill Corcoran

President of the Board Bill Corcoran with Joe Pratt

Robert Sinclair with Ruth Thumbtzen

 Friends with Councilman Justin McLaughlin

Muhamad Farzan, Pamela Giroux & Dorienne Farzan

Louis Kremer, Dr. Schoemaker, & committee member

Mr. & Mrs. Pedrick, with Terry Nathan of IYRS

Bidding on the extensive silent auction

Committee members smile for Newport Seen

The dessert table

Library President Regina Slezak


Many appealing silent auction items!


Mary Ambrogi extols the Library


Friend with Jamie & Genia Kirwin


Dean Chase & Robert Beaver talk books


Dennis McCoy, great friend of the Newport Library


Musician Dave Manuel plays & sings


 Leslie Reed, with President of the Board Bill Corcoran


Jack Ambrogi & David Gordon talk town politics


Dorothy and Malcolm Wheeler


Larry & Anne McConners with Gerry Wilson


David Reed, Bill Harvey & Paul Leys


Grandson of Don Varisco, first Library President


Margo & Richard Grosvenor watch the live auction


Joseph Pratt addresses audience, with Lesley

looking on


Regina Slezak talks about the Library's



Bill Corcoran discusses the Library's growth


Bountiful, beautiful hors d'oeuvres


Pondering a bid on the live auction


Accepting a tribute from Leslie Reed


committee member


Ken Scigulinsky & Susan McCoy


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