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Westport library kicks off holiday season

WESTPORT - The Westport Library is preparing to kick off the holiday season next Saturday with a special holiday celebration. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the library will host a celebration from 6-8 p.m. While traditionally the library has offered a wine tasting, this year the festivities have expanded. "We have something new this year," said board member Carolyn Ware. "We'll still have the wine tasting and yet we will focus more on starting off the holiday season. We are featuring a silent auction so people can begin their holiday shopping in a fun and friendly manner. We've lowered the suggested donation to bring in more people." Board member Elizabeth Frum explained that the library has also created a list of books as holiday suggestions, with something for everyone from "nine months to ninety." The event will feature a selection of international wines as well as other beverages, plus homemade hors d'oeuvres. The silent auction will feature many items include an antique free standing wooden map case, a desk, an antique abacus, an antique towel rack, framed paintings, Michelle Maron beveled-glass clear window, an edition of "Bessboro - a History of Westport," a sterling silver linked bracelet, antique silver earrings, Lake Champlain chocolates, dinner for four at Sheldon Manor, a set of golden white china and more. Free childcare will be offered at the Frum residence near the library, with several Westport Central School high schoolers volunteering. People should RSVP through the library to make childcare arrangements. A $15 donation per person is suggested, with tickets sold at the door. The event is partially sponsored by Champlain National Bank. Board member Nancy Page stated the event was designed to kick-off the holiday season, and provide a festive gathering. Everyone is welcome to attend, she added. The event is one of the library's main fundraisers. The event will also celebrate new developments at the library. "We want to introduce our new library director, Stephen Smith, to the community," said board president Jack Buttimer. "He has already made the library an even more friendly and inviting place for the community. We recently approved a new five-year plan that will lead to improved services and a better-maintained facility. For example, through a successful Pick-a-Part-to-Paint fund drive, the exterior of the library was painted. A grant provided the funds to replace the rusted iron railing along Merrihew Street." For more information on library activities, call the library at 962-8219 or go online to www.westportNYlibrary.org.

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