I attended the Fourth Annual Biblioball last Saturday evening. It took place at the Bell House in Brooklyn. I arrived late-ish, and although it was advertised as lasting from 8pm - 3am, the Jay Vons finished playing by 1:00. If you are thinking of going next year, I would recommend arriving early. The party did continue after the bands stopped. People were still dancing to a dj in the front room as I left.
The theme was "biblio noir", and as I stepped into the light to get my picture taken by Jeremy Balderson in front of Gilbert Ford’s one-of-a-kind backdrop, I intinctively turned up the collar of my dinner jacket to keep out the chill Brooklyn fog.
The music was excellent, but LOUD. A sign at the coat check window advertised "Ear Plugs $1.00". However, I had
thought ahead and actually brought my own: a set of Etymotic Research blue musician's ear plugs which I bought a couple of years ago. They were perfect. Anyone with "librarian ears" should carry a pair in their pocket. Highly recommended.
The evening was sponsored by the Desk Set to benefit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens. I'll see you there next year.