HAMPSTEAD – It’s finally here again - the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library’s 11th annual holiday Auction. This mammoth fund raising effort has just gotten bigger and better every year and this year is no exception.

For those of you who like to come prepared, remember to check the donations list on the library’s web page. Go to www.hampstead.lib.nh.us, click on the link to the Friends of the Library on the left, then click on the Auction link and finally on the Donations link. There’s so much great stuff already listed and more is coming in every day so you’ll have plenty to choose from when you get to Hadley Hall at 7:00 p.m., on Fri., November 7. The Friends do suggest you come a bit early to register for your bidding number, look over the items on display, select the penny raffle bags you want to play and buy a few balloons to pop for special prizes. This year we have special balloons for kids as well as the ones for grown ups that we had last year.

Remember to bring cash or your checkbook because the Friends aren’t set up for credit or debit cards. Bring your list of stuff you know you want to bid on. Be prepared to spend a long, fun-filled evening seeing friends and neighbors and bid, bid, bid.

SAVE DEC. 6TH, A VERY SPECIAL DAY!-December 6th, St. Nicholas Day in the Netherlands when Dutch children find their shoes filled with gifts, is also a special day for the Friends of the Library. We have both the bi-ennial Holiday House Tour and the Barnes and Noble Book Fair scheduled so you can accomplish two things in one busy day.

Go to Barnes and Noble in Salem with your voucher in hand, buy gift books for everyone on your list, have them gift wrapped free of charge, see a special appearance by Mrs. Claus, have a book signed by Hampstead author Cynthia Neale or by Terry Farish, talk to a representative from the Sylvan Learning Center about helping your youngsters do better in school and listen to stories read by library staff member.

Then move on to Hadley Hall to start the Holiday House Tour. It runs from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. You can buy your tickets in advance at the library for $12.00 or at Hadley Hall on the 6th for $15.00. Please, no cameras and no high heels for the House Tour. But keep you memory sharp for the many wonderful decorating ideas you’ll glean as you visit the houses on the Tour. Refreshments and maps will be available at Hadley Hall.

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