By Kathy Collins

The Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library will hold its 5th Annual Festival of Trees at the SouthShore Regional Library beginning on Monday, November 16. The event will run through Saturday, December 12 at the library located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

Beginning on Monday, November 16, the public is invited to come to the library and view and bid on decorated trees and wreaths. The highest bidders will be awarded the tree and the wreath at the end of the festival. The trees and wreaths will be showcased in the center of the library.

The Festival of Trees will conclude on Saturday, December 12. First up, the public is invited to a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Library Community Room. A $5 donation is requested for the breakfast.

Afterward, the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library will hold a Jingle Jamboree with Cookie Mouse. This event is designed for children and adults. Mimi Rose with the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library explained, “The jamboree will start with the reading of the popular book If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, which is authored by Laura Numeroff. There will be fun crafts for attendees and even Cookie Mouse will be there too with milk and cookies for the kids. This is a great opportunity to get a photo.”

Following this, there will be a Winter Carnival on the Plaza which will include carnival games for the whole family such as snowball ring toss, reindeer ring toss, fishing for little duckies and more. This is a free event and all are invited.

All proceeds from the 5th Annual Festival of the Trees will go to the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Rose explained, “The Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library is a non-profit group that provides funds each year to the SouthShore Regional Library to help the library continue after-school programs for kids, various teen projects and adult education classes.”

Without groups such as the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library, free art classes and others would not be possible.

For more information, call 273-3652.

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