Leah Ducato Rudolph, Abington Community Library director, and one of the organizers of “La Dolce Vita,” invites the public to celebrate spring in a sweet way at a taste of Italy program, March 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the library.
“We wanted to make the event about sweet things, so we’re celebrating the sweet life in the spring with Italian cookies, cappuccino, cordials and Italian music.”
Local establishments, friends and members will also provide finger foods including pizza, cheeses and other Italian delicacies, according to Rudolph.
Past success with soirees at the library, including the exploring India and Germany programs have provided the impetus for La Dolce Vita. Ducato Rudolph said, “We decided last fall to do something on Germany, and this year, we realized there are a lot of Italian Americans in our area, let’s do Italy.”
The original art of Signore Renzo Oliva and his wife, Juri Kim, Philadelphia, is also featured throughout the library, and Oliva and Kim will be on hand to meet and greet at the Library that night. Prior to retirement, Signore Renzo Oliva served the Italian Foreign Ministry for more than 40 years in a dozen countries around the world as a former vice consul. His work is dedicated to literature and photography.
Kim, MFA, is an adjunct faculty at the Moore College of Art and Design, and participant of the Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y.
La Dolce Vita is also planned to complement the Lackawanna County author’s series in April of Adriana Trigiani, a well-known American novelist, television writer, producer and film director.
“What lent itself well to that is the county library system is doing “On the Same Page” throughout Lackawanna County leading up to her discussion, where each library presents the opportunity for patrons to get a free copy of this book, read it and participate in a discussion. Then, you can take your book to the cultural center April 18 to have it autographed,” said Ducato Rudolph referring to Trigiani’s first lecture in the 2013 LCLS Matthew F. Flynn Library Lecture Series, during National Library Week. The lecture will take place April 18, at 7 p.m., at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple. A book discussion of “The Queen of the Big Time” will be held at the Abington Community Library April 2, 6:30 p.m.
Ducato Rudolph would like to thank La Dolce Vita sponsors and donors that include The Abington Suburban, Allied Services Integrated Health System, Duffy’s Coffee House, Inn at Nichols Village, Lynn Sandy’s Cakes, Mamma Mia’s Pizza, My Girl’s Café and Grill, Pizza Hut, Renzo Oliva and Juri Kim, Rosario’s Pizza, Thick ‘N Thin Pizza, Wegmans and the board, friends, and staff who are serving on the committee.
Advanced reservations for La Dolce Vita are required and tickets must be purchased by 9 p.m. March 22. Tickets are $15 and available at the circulation desk. Proceeds will benefit the library and anyone purchasing a ticket will receive a complimentary family membership into Friends of the Abington Community Library.
For more information regarding La Dolce Vita, “Benvenuti To La Chiacchierata,” an Italian Discussion Group at the Abington Community Library, or the book discussion, call 570.587.3440. The library is located at 1200 W. Grove St, South Abington Township.