Library holds basket auction, open house

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By Pat Hibbs

The lifelike wax figure of Charles Dickens, author of the beloved "A Christmas Carol," sat quietly in his corner at the Williston Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 8, as the Friends of the Library's annual open house swirled about him.

A few people browsed through the books, and some tried to use the computers in the usually quiet space. It wasn't easy to concentrate.

There was a buffet table laden with fancy finger foods and punch. (No mulled cider this year - the weather wasn't appropriate.)

The activity centered around the gift baskets, which were to be awarded to the highest bidders beginning at 2 p.m. The open house concludes the Friends of the Williston Public Library's largest fundraising event of the year. Baskets are donated by local individuals and businesses to benefit the Friends. The baskets had been on display since the beginning of November in a silent auction, and the bidding had been lively.

Before the final bids were revealed, Sara Nussel, playing the guitar, led a small contingent of the Williston Recorder Ensemble in spirited renditions of holiday music, including "Away in a Manger" and "Jingle Bells." Those gathered joined enthusiastically in singing along with the children during the second chorus of each song.

"Friends" uses the funds realized from this event and its monthly book sales to provide both materials for the library and a wide spectrum of programs for the community.