OK, so the name of the event is a bit of a groaner, but bear with us on this one; it’s for a good cause. These days, all the books we could ever want are easy to purchase (or pirate) online whenever we want. But despite all our e-readers, tablets and audiobooks, public libraries have still remained a cornerstone of literary education in the United States—and now it’s finally time to give something back. To that end, the Martha Riley Library (1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville) is holding Tequila Mockingbird, a night of raffles, games and literary-themed cocktails all for the benefit of the Roseville Public Library. One ticket gets you all-you-can-eat food and drink. There are also a number of raffles, with prizes that range from gift cards to local favorite Big Spoon Yogurt, to Kings tickets, to Zoo passes. The special “tequila for two,” for just a little bit extra, nets you 25 raffle tickets, two bar glasses and a cocktail book, so that you can keep reading (and drinking) long after the event is over. General admission is $40, tequila for two is $99. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 14. Visit Rosevillefriendsofthelibrary.org.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 13 of issue #293 (June 5 – 19, 2019)**