Saturday February 13, 2021
2021 Virtual Bybee Library Fundraiser
Dick Smith, J. Gary Smith,
Will Lynde, Arden Johnson
August to April Series

10:00 AM
2021 Valentines Concert
Will Lynde and Arden Johnson Perform

Thanks to all of our donors, we raised $2,515 during the Library Giving Campaign! The winners of the two $200 HEB gift cards are Karen Dormois and Paul Clote. Congratulations!

Round Top Festival Institute Bybee Library Fundraiser and Valentine's Concert

The Show Must Go On!

Since 2001, we have gathered each spring in the Festival Concert Hall to support the Round Top Festival Institute Library. In this time of a relentless pandemic when we must cover our faces and distance ourselves from one another for the sake of each other's health and safety, it is not practical for us to meet in person. However, we are not deterred. Instead, we are committed to find other ways to celebrate and carry on our mission.

The 2021 Bybee Library Fundraiser will be like no other before it. There will be no live benefit concert...no silent auction...no tables laid out with sweet treats and yummies galore. Nonetheless! We have a great program lined up for you that you can enjoy and participate in at your leisure!
  • A free Valentine's Concert for you to enjoy as often as you like. Dick Smith, J. Gary Smith, Will Lynde and Arden Johnson return (virtually) to play and sing songs of the heart from the comfort of their homes so that you can enjoy them from the comfort of yours. Songs are listed below. A link to the audio of the 2020 Valentine's Concert live performance is also included below. The Library Benefit Concert is made possible through a generous donation from H-E-B.

2021 Video:  Festival Hill's 2021 Virtual Valentine's Show (15:52)

2020 Audio:  Festival Hill 2020 Valentine's Day Show (1:02:17)  Song track starts at 04:34.

  • The Adopt-A-Book Program has moved online. Over 70 books are available to adopt through a special donation program. A special bookplate with your name will be placed in the book(s) you choose in memory or in honor of someone, to mark a special occasion or anniversary, or just to support the Library. Tip: Give a lasting and meaningful Valentine gift to your significant other by adopting a book in her/his honor. The donation to adopt a book is a tax-deductible charitable contribution within the limits allowed by law. The Adopt-A-Book program will remain available on the website, with new books added periodically. For assistance, please send email to websupport@festivalhill.org.

HEB Logo
This event is sponsored in part by HEB.
  SONG LIST

Song Composer Performer
I Love You More Will Lynde Will Lynde
Ain't This the Way to Go J. Gary Smith J. Gary Smith
This is All I Ask Gordon Jenkins Dick Smith
Someone to Watch Over Me George and Ira Gershwin Arden Johnson
All You Need is Love John Lennon, Paul McCartney Arden Johnson, Will Lynde

For more information, contact Lamar Lentz, Library and Museum Collections Curator, at lamarl@festivalhill.org or call the Institute office at 979-249-3129 Ext. 20 and leave a message.

Explore the Bybee Library Online Catalog. Over 11,000 volumes are currently available for browsing in the online reference catalog, including 1,641 rare books published before 1920. Books may be searched by author, title, call number and publication year. The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library is a non-circulating library, available by appointment only.


PRESS RELEASE

Written by Pat Johnson

It's that time of year when love is in the air and the annual Valentine's Library Benefit Concert for Round Top Festival Institute is happening. This year it will be virtual. There will be no live benefit concert...no silent auction...no tables laid out with sweet treats and yummies galore. Nonetheless! Dick Smith and family present The Show Must Go On. The pre-recorded concert starting at 10:00 am on Saturday morning, February 13 benefits the Festival Institute's Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library and Study Center and will be free to the public. A link will be made available to the general public on Saturday at http://festivalhill.org/calendar/details.php?id=3516.

The virtual concert features pianist/singer Dick Smith and a star-studded cast of family members. Joining Mr. Smith will be his nephew Will Lynde with Arden Johnson in Nashville. Dick's brother J. Gary Smith will also perform. Love songs will be on the program, including songs by George and Ira Gershwin and the Beatles' John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

During this video performance, there will be an opportunity to participate in the ever popular Adopt-a-Book program online. This gives attendees a chance to view and sponsor a book of your choice, ranging from $20 to $1,000 dollars, to be placed in The Bybee Library at Festival Hill. Tip: Give a lasting and meaningful Valentine gift to your significant other by adopting a book in her/his honor. A special bookplate will be added in the book in memory of someone, in honor of someone, to mark a special occasion or anniversary or just to support the Library. It is a good chance to see the books being acquired for the Bybee Library at Festival Hill.

This year the benefit will have an online Library Giving Campaign in support of the Bybee Library. Campaign launches at 10:00 am Saturday, February 13. There is also an opportunity to win one of two $200 HEB gift cards. All donors who give during the Library Giving Campaign will be entered in the drawing, including donors who adopt a book. Winners will be contacted by email and announced on the website. Gift cards will be mailed.

The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library is a regional repository with a dedicated emphasis on music, and the arts and humanities. Round Top Festival Institute has long been active in collecting books on Texas history, Fayette County, art, architecture, and decorative arts with the intent to establish a world class research, study and reference library. It actively collects and preserves rare books, manuscripts, photographs, archival materials, recordings, works of art and houses the personal library of Texas historian and former Texas State Librarian, Dr. Dorman Winfrey and The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection. The Library is available by appointment only. You can also access the Library book catalog of over 11,000 volumes online at http://festivalhill.org/library/index.php.

HEB Check Presentation
Round Top Festival Institute receives $2,500 donation from H-E-B Community Investment Program.
The Library Benefit Concert will be made available this year through a generous donation from HEB. The HEB Community Investment Program contributes to non-profit organizations that maintain an IRS 501(c) designation and that operate within the immediate HEB marketing area. Helping communities for more than 100 years, HEB has continued their valued support for the arts by contributing to the Festival Institute's Bybee Library Annual Valentines Benefit and Adopt-A-Book program.

In the photo, standing from left to right are Community Partner Susannah Mikulin, Fayette Community Foundation; Lamar Lentz, RTFI Associate Managing Director; Pat Johnson, RTFI Associate Curator of Collections; Justin Heimann, HEB Drug Store/General Merchandise Manager and Paul Mikula, HEB Store Director.

Round Top Festival Institute also gratefully acknowledges the 18 years of musical performances donated by Dick Smith and Family to support the Festival Institute Library. The funds received through these concerts have tremendously impacted the growth and maintenance of the Festival Library collections.

Support the Library with your monetary donation or the adopt-a-book program. To donate go to festivalhill.org and specify Bybee Library. For more information, contact Lamar Lentz, Library and Museum Collections Curator, at lamarl@festivalhill.org or call the Institute office at 979-249-3129 Ext. 20 and leave a message.


The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library and Study Center at Round Top Festival Institute was dedicated on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library and Study Center
Bybee Reading Room
Bybee Reading Room
looking toward stacks
Bybee Reading Room
Bybee Reading Room
looking toward west side
Library Stacks
Festival Institute Collections
Library Stacks

Library Adopt-A-Book Program

The Adopt-A-Book Program allows you to sponsor the purchase of a book to be placed in the Library. A placard with your name and any special designation is placed inside the book. You may make the donation in honor or in memory of someone. Find more ways to adopt a book at Library Adopt-a-Book Program.


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