EVART - More than $1,800 was raised for the Evart Public Library in a basket auction event that attracted library patrons and city residents. More than 50 baskets were donated for the auction, with themes for adults, children, book lovers, hobbyists, sports fans, bakers and crafters alike. Interested patrons viewed and placed bids on the baskets during the library's open hours from Dec. 2 to Dec. 12. Denise French, of Marion, placed a bid on and won a basket containing a bottle of Gatorade, a University of Michigan hat and other assorted sports items. "I'm going to give it to my son," French said. "I came to the auction last year and didn't win anything, but this year, this basket caught my eye and I made sure to come just before noon to place a last minute bid." The money raised from the basket bids will help the library operate and purchase books. In the past, the auction has raised more than $2,000 from baskets donated by local businesses and individuals and library board members. Evart resident Bonnie Hoke bid and won four baskets, ranging from crocheting supplies to a model Ford truck. Some of the basket items will be for herself, while others will be given as Christmas gifts. Supporting the Evart Public Library through the auction is important to her. "I love this library and I'd hate to see anything happen to it," Hoke said. Library Director Lilas VanScoyoc said she is thrilled with the raised funds. "We feel great," she said. "It couldn't have come at a more opportune time."