EVART — Due to another successful basket auction event, the Evart Public Library has raised more than $1,600 to purchase additional books, audio tapes and more for patrons to enjoy.

The event began on Dec. 1, giving participants plenty of time to bid on the basket of their choice and possibly knock another competitor out of the running. More than 60 baskets were available, filled with items fitting a specific theme. Many baskets were popular, including those with the theme of chocolate, jewelry and children's items.

"This year has been a success," said library director Lilas VanScoyoc. "We've enjoyed it and the public has had fun with it, too."

The auction closed at noon on Dec. 11, and eager bidders arrived at the library to claim their prizes and make sure their bids were secure. While most won a single basket, some took home many.

Evart resident Bonnie Hoke, who participates in each auction, won four baskets this year. A regular patron of the library, she believes it's important to support the entity to keep the resource available to people of all ages.

"There's nothing in this town for kids to do, so they come to the library," Hoke said. "It needs support so they can keep coming and for the people that need to use the computers the library offers."

Betty Schroeder, another library patron, also took part in the auction.

"I participate to help the library and because the baskets can make good Christmas gifts," she said. "The auction is a lot of fun."

VanScoyoc is thrilled with the money raised this year from the event.

"We feel great about it," she said. "It's heartwarming to know the public supports us."