The tree decorating competition at the Schoolcraft Library features 25 trees with a variety of themes including children’s books, sweets, farm fun, horses, cats, bears, animal crackers, and getting beautiful at the gym. Participants really thought outside of the box this year, according to Faye VanRavenswaay, library director. Some ornaments are even homemade from decorative paper or clay. The trees liven up the library and so do Jim Dean’s collection of Santas which are also on display. “This is the favorite fundraiser of many of the library staff and we are delighted to see local businesses participate alongside patrons and other library supporters.”
The Jubilee of Trees has turned out to be a surprisingly good fundraiser for the library, which is now in its third year, VanRavenswaay indicated. It costs a quarter to vote on the best decorated tree with the top three winning trees announced on December 10. Library patrons can also place a bid in the silent auction on the ten trees that will go home with the winners of the auction.