Monday, October 13, 2008

Pomona Library - Pomona trivia bee has a vital purpose

Pomona trivia bee has a vital purpose
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: 10.10.08 by Suzanne Sproul

For the past 18 years, the Pomona Public Library has hosted a trivia bee to raise money to help people learn to read.

Supporters are putting together teams to do battle in the annual upcoming event. The fundraiser is the brainchild of Muriel Spill, the library services manager, who said she borrowed the idea from a Redwood City library. It has been a fun and successful way to raise money to support the library's adult literacy program and to keep literacy in the public eye.

The fun is set for Nov. 6, at Hinds Pavilion at Fairplex in Pomona. It will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner followed by the high school competition at 6 p.m. Two adult contest rounds will follow, culminating in a championship round finishing off the evening.

Sponsorships are $300 for each three-member team. Teams are being formed now. A $10 donation is asked for those who simply want to enjoy dinner and root on their favorites without having to tackle the trivia.

"It's become very successful for us and very competitive. Teams know which ones are tough and plan accordingly, and they really want to win," Spill said.

This year the trivia bee is loosely tied to the library's and city's participation in the Big Read program, encouraging residents to read the same book. This year the book is Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird." Spill isn't giving any hints out, but she did say if you've read the book you might have a bit of an advantage in the contest.

For information about the trivia bee or volunteering for the literacy program, call (909) 620-2047 or (909) 620-2473. READ MORE

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