HAMPSTEAD —It may be mid-July on the calendar, but November 15, the date of the next Friends of the Hampstead Public Library Auction, is drawing closer and closer. This year’s Auction will be bigger and better than ever in its new, more spacious site at the Granite Rose.

The ever-popular balloon pop will be back with more balloons and easier access to them thanks to the increased space at the Granite Rose. A lounge area at one end of the room will allow people who want to relax away from the dinner tables to sit and still enjoy the action from a different vantage point. The addition of a free photo booth so attendees can have a picture to help them remember the fantastic time they had at Hampstead’s “event of the year” is another innovation this year.

Remember to check the list of donations that is available from the library’s website under the Friends of the Library heading. Among those received so far are a first edition of the Hampstead commemorative plate issued at the last big anniversary of the town and a full detailing for your car. Several pieces of art have also been received and are listed. Check the list to see what else is new.

There are other new things in the works so keep your eyes open for more updates about the Auction.

The committee is still looking for both more donations and more volunteers. Volunteers are needed now to both solicit and pick up donations and help with other advance planning chores. Closer to the Auction date help will be needed to wrap donations, create baskets, blow up balloons, set up the site and clean up when it’s all over. If you’d like to help by volunteering or donating, please email the committee at hampsteadfriends@gmail.com.

Tickets for the Auction will go on sale starting after Labor Day. They will be $35.00 each. To enjoy the full benefit of this special evening, tables of ten are also available for those who want to celebrate with a group of friends, family or co-workers. A full table may be reserved now by emailing the address above.

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