A murder mystery dinner will help the Wilton Manors Library solve the problem of where to find funding for computers, DVDs, CDs and other items.

On Thursday, Sept, 24 at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Wilton Manors Library will host Murder on the High Seas at Galuppi’s Restaurant, 1103 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.

“We fund all the children’s programs, buy all the computers, underwrite the contract for the eBooks, DVDs, audio books and large print books,” said Paul Kuta, first vice president of Friends of the Library. “We put aside each year $2,000 for computer replacement. The city hasn’t ever bought a computer in the public library.”

Besides fundraisers, which include the silent auction at the Taste of the Island event in November, the money is generated through memberships, books sale events and donations.

“They do quite a lot . . . quite a bit for the community,” said Rick Sterling, library director. “Without them, either the city would have to pay for these items or the library users would have to do without.”

Produced by Standing Room Only Productions, the murder mystery dinner enlists the audience and includes professional actors, props, raffle prizes and award certificates at the end of the night.

“I like to call it a ‘fun-raiser,’” said Ellen Ferrelli, Friends of the Library board member. “You have to guess who killed whom.”

The cost of tickets is $45 per person. Tickets are available at the Library, 500 NE 26 St., or About Town Lock & Safe, 2404 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors. Call 954-566-8957 or email

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