Pioneer Library System Foundation Hosting 2nd Annual Mad Hatter Tea Party

Feb 22, 2024 | Press Release

Contact: Will Merrick, Development Officer
[email protected], 405-801-4521

Cutline: The Mad Hatter entertains guests at the Pioneer Library System Foundation’s Mad Hatter Tea Party last year. (Photo by Greta Shuler.)


SHAWNEE, Feb. 22, 2024 – The Pioneer Library System Foundation is thrilled to announce the return of the Mad Hatter Tea Party. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 26th, at the Lakeside Wedding Venue in Shawnee. A party with a purpose, this whimsical event is a fundraiser for the Pioneer Library System’s Pottawatomie County branches.

“We’re excited to welcome the community to Wonderland to learn about the Pioneer Library System’s incredible work in Pottawatomie County,” said Amanda Johnson, event chair and Foundation board member. “Through this engaging evening, we can spread the word about the library and support the programming they are doing in our community.”

Featuring the theme of the classic book “Alice In Wonderland,” the festivities will include dinner and signature drinks, live entertainment, and a raffle. Guests are encouraged to wear their best hat for the Maddest Hat contest. The Pioneer Library System’s Mobile Maker Lab will also be on site for guests to experience some of the library’s maker equipment while creating souvenirs commemorating the evening.

In keeping with the Foundation’s mission of supporting literacy and a love of learning throughout Pioneer Library System communities, proceeds from the event will be used to enhance programming and services at the Shawnee, McLoud, and Tecumseh Public Libraries.

The inaugural event in 2023 raised more than $8,000, which helped provide books for children participating in the annual Read Across America program, STEAM programming, and lifelong learning opportunities for adults.

“Support for last year’s Mad Hatter Tea Party was impressive and provided the Pottawatomie County branches valuable funding to support the expansion of programming and outreach to impact young readers throughout the county,” said Lisa Lempges, McLoud Public Library branch manager and regional coordinator.

Reservations are required and tickets may be purchased at or by contacting the Foundation at (405) 801-4521 or [email protected].


About the Pioneer Library System Foundation

Founded in 2010, the Pioneer Library System Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is supporting literacy and a love of learning throughout Pioneer Library System communities. Our donors support programs and community education initiatives above and beyond what is possible through public funding. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $2.1 million in grants and private contributions for library programming and initiatives. Visit or call 405.801.4521 for further information.