METUCHEN — On March 3, at the Forum Theater in Metuchen, the Friends of the Metuchen Library will present their annual fundraiser “An Afternoon with Andrew McCarthy.”
McCarthy, famous from such 1980s classic films as Weekend at Bernie’s, Pretty In Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire and Mannequin, has found a new career as a well-received travel and adventure writer. The Longest Way Home is his memoir about his transformation during a difficult personal time, when he was coming to terms with whether or not to make his relationship commitment with his Irish girlfriend D (the mother of his daughter) permanent or not.
This event was initiated by Friends’ Treasurer Alisa Schleif, who read and was won over by McCarthy’s memoir – “I heard about Andrew’s book through a different library. I attended his presentation without reading the book. Later, I read the book and could relate to some aspects of it. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I saw places we’d been described. At one point, I laughed out loud and giggled for several days afterward thinking about his words. It hit a chord. I thought it would be fantastic if we could bring him to Metuchen.”
The funds raised by this event are slated for a refurbishment of Metuchen library’s second floor. The Trustees of the Library have framed a plan and will soon begin restoration of the children’s room and the public community meeting space. The mission of the Friends is to augment these restoration efforts to create a public meeting space that has updated technology and a children’s room that is welcoming and enhances lifelong learning and literacy.
To buy tickets online, visit http://www.fotml.org/programs.html. You can also purchase tickets in person at the Metuchen Library or at Marafiki Fair Trade.?? Tickets are $12 per person. Tickets plus an invitation to a meet and greet with McCarthy at a place to be determined are $40 per person.