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RSF Library Guild readies for holiday tea

RANCHO SANTA FE — The annual Christmas Tea for the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild has become a timeless tradition over the decades. On Dec. 12, this festive event will mark its 24th year.

Emily Bruce, Youth Services Manager at the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, said there is a distinct link between the holiday, the library, and its residents.

“The Christmas Tea depends on the creative donations of trees and wreaths for our raffle,” she said. “This acts as a fundraiser to benefit the library, but also as a way to bring the community together during the holiday season.”

This free annual event, overflowing with treats and entertainment is open to the public.

Bruce wants everyone to know that guests have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets where there will be a drawing for a tree or wreath. The winning ticket holders pick their favorite item.

“Raffle tickets are already available to purchase in the library and will continue to be on sale through the event up until prior to the drawing which will begin at 4:00 pm,” she said. Bruce continued, “Winners do not need to be in attendance during the drawing in order to win as long as a phone number is included on the raffle ticket.”

According to Bruce, there will also be items for purchase, which can help mark off the Christmas shopping checklist such as jewelry, books, and handmade ornaments at its Holiday Boutique.

While the annual Christmas Tea has changed over the years, Bruce shared, following the renovation of The Book Cellar, the Guild decided to add a Holiday Boutique during the Christmas Tea where attendees could buy books, jewelry, and more.

“We will be continuing this new tradition at this year’s Christmas Tea as well,” she said.

Proceeds help the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild which fund programs and books for the community.

During the course of the holiday tea, musical entertainment will be provided by the elementary and middle school students from R. Roger Rowe School, Bruce said.

The Christmas Tea will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the RSF Library located at 17040 Avenida de Acacias. For more information, please call (858) 756-4780 or visit

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