The Fairfield Public Library is having a Winter Ornament Contest and fundraising auction.
“I had a patron tell me about this idea this past Thursday,” said Afton Pedrick, the youth services librarian. “He’d seen this event done in another library and was really impressed by the community atmosphere it created and thought it would be a good fit for our library here in Fairfield. I think so, too! I don’t think we’ve ever done an event like this before, and I hope people will have fun with it!”
Now is the time for everyone to start gathering ideas for their winter ornament, said Pedrick. “We’ve created a few categories to give people ideas: children’s, winter, literary, patriotic, and green/sustainable,” she continued.
The contest is open to all ages. All ornaments must be homemade, in good taste and hangable. Each entry must include the artist’s name and telephone number.
“We plan to give everyone until Dec. 16 to create their ornaments,” said Pedrick, pointing out that ornaments must be turned in before the library closes Dec. 16.
“Monday [Dec. 17] the ornaments will be hung throughout the library, and patrons will get to vote for their favorites,” she added.
All ornaments will be displayed throughout the library until voting closes Dec. 31, and then the winners will be announced after the New Year. There will be a winner for each category, as well top three overall.
With the artist’s permission, entries will be included in a silent auction as a library fundraiser, which will conclude at the same time as the voting.