Gourmet foods prepared by several local chefs were served by Maya Provençal and other members of the LV Rogers Global Perspectives class.

Gourmet foods prepared by several local chefs were served by Maya Provençal and other members of the LV Rogers Global Perspectives class.

Big party at Nelson library celebrates 95th birthday, launches new cookbook

Live music, good food, old-time attire, a sell-out crowd, and a new cookbook all added up to a lively evening at the library.

On Tuesday night, the Nelson Public Library celebrated its 95th birthday with entertainment, displays, door prizes, delicious things to eat, and the launch of a new cookbook with a literary twist. Pairings: a compendium of beloved recipes and books from the chefs of Nelson, was published by the library.

Many of the guests dressed in the styles of a century ago.

The Heritage Harmony Barbershop Chorus performed at the birthday party.

Susan LeFebour (left)  did a dramatic reading depicting life in 1898 Nelson. Diane Harke is a long-time Nelson library board member and was the lively MC for the evening.

Librarian and author Anne DeGrace launches Pairings, a book of recipes by local chefs along with their reading recommendations.

Gourmet foods prepared by several local chefs were served by members of the LVR Global Perspectives class including McKean Shave (left)  and Stryder Scott.

Former city councillor Donna Macdonald and Hoda Ghamwary at the sales table selling the cookbook and 1920s-themed chocolate bars.