By Kathy L. Collins

The Fourth Annual Festival of Trees will be held at the SouthShore Regional Library beginning on Saturday, November 15. The event will run through Saturday, December 12 at the library, located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

Beginning on Saturday, November 15, the public is invited to come to the library to view and bid on 10 decorated trees and 10 wreaths. The highest bidders will be awarded the tree and the wreath at the end of the festival.

On Saturday, December 12 from 4-7 p.m. there will be a holiday celebration at the library complete with games, music and performances by school children from Ruskin Elementary School and Thompson Elementary School.  Santa will also make a special appearance. There will be food and fun at the event which is open to the public.

The Fourth Annual Festival of the Trees is hosted by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library and all proceeds benefit Ruskin Elementary School and Thompson Elementary School.

The beautifully decorated trees and fabulous wreaths will be showcased down the center aisle of the library. According to Frances Hereford, one of the organizers of the festival and a member of the Friends of the SouthShore Library, “This event is a chance to get into the holiday spirit. It is a community event open to everyone.”

Hereford added, “The SouthShore Regional Library is more than just a library. It is a great place to hold events. For instance, you can hold a video presentation for your company here. The whole library system has changed.”

The Friends of the SouthShore Library fund the free events and programs at the library. There are a variety of events, for both children and adults that are held throughout the year and are open to the community.

For more information, call 273-3652.