Tehama County Library holds Wonderland-themed tea party benefit – Red Bluff Daily News

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Red Bluff >> Alice in Wonderland came to life Saturday at the Red Bluff branch of the Tehama County Library where the second annual Alice Tea Party was held with everyone from the Queen of Hearts to Alice herself making an appearance.

The event, for which Library Manager Sally Ainsworth has been collecting tea cups and tea pots from yard sales, was a benefit for the new site of the library that will cost about $6 million when completed. The new library is in the final stages of remodel at the 545 Diamond Ave., the home of the Daily News until March 2016.

The county set aside about $4 million for the remodel with the hope that rest would be covered by the community through donations.

“I’d like to say thank you to the community for all their generous donations,” Ainsworth said. “We’re excited about getting the new building open and for the community to see what we have to offer.”

Christi Szychulda attended the event with her daughter Matilyn who performed for the audience and a few of their friends. She is excited about the new building, she said.

“I like that they are recycling an old building and that they are keeping the legacy of literacy that the building comes with alive,” Szychulda said.

Kathy Hausman said she thinks the new site will be incredible and a great opportunity to partner with Shasta College, but will miss having it in downtown, she said.

“It’s fantastic,” said Los Molinos resident Valery Pitman of the new building. “It will have more room for an ever-growing Tehama County population. I’ve heard there will be new technology and computers and it will have better access for those coming from other parts of the county.”

The current site is a great site, but it’s about time for an upgrade and long overdue, she said.

So far, the community has donated more than $700,000 with more donations coming in all the time, Ainsworth said. Invitations to do a presentation for a meeting or club can be scheduled by calling 527-0607.

For more upcoming events and fundraisers, visit www.tehamacountylibrary.org or the Tehama County Library Facebook page. Donations to the library project are welcome and checks made out to the Tehama County Library can be mailed to 645 Madison St., Red Bluff, 96080. To view a video of the proposed plans for the new site, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80b6704O4Kk.