REED CITY - Glasses of wine, gift items, food and more will surround attendees at Reed City Public Library's biggest fundraising event of the year. The third annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Loyal Order of the Moose, 200 Roth St. in Reed City. Admission is a $20 donation at the door, or a $15 donation before the event, and includes eight 1 to 2 ounce wine samples of choice. "It's an extremely fun event and it'll be a fantastic way to beat the winter cold," said Reed City Public Library Director Heather Symon. "It's an enjoyable night out and I think people need that right now." A variety of red and white wines from Michigan and beyond will be available for tasting throughout the evening, thanks to Shakers Party Store and Deli, Symon added. Volunteers including Nancy Sawallich, Deb Adsmond, Christine Cox and Phil Noreen will help serve. Door prizes and light food options also will be available for patrons. For the silent auction, local businesses and individuals chipped in to donate gift certificates, homemade or handcrafted items, and other goods. The bidding process begins as early as Monday, Feb. 3, at the library and will continue through the main event. Friendly competition between items can help increase the fun. "There are many hands in the community that have a role in this event," Symon said. "It is great to see how much folks value a library in their community and want to support it. The whole idea is that the services are available to people when and how they need it." It's important to be an advocate for the library, she added. When doing so, individuals have more ownership in their library, have an extra chance to see friends and neighbors and help spread the word on the building's resources and free programs, including the use of the Internet, copying, faxing and more. This is the first year the event has not been held in December, but Symon has high hopes. "Hopefully the change to February this year is going to be good," she said. "I'd like to see about a lot of people attend." In the past, the tasting and auction has raised $2,000. This year, Symon is hoping to pass that mark. Funds from the event will go toward renovations inside the library building, purchased in 2010, that sits next to the Michigan State Police post on Chestnut Street. For more information, contact the Reed City Public Library at (231) 832-2131.