In a swirl of festive graupel, Radford Public Library welcomed more than 500 people, many more too small to have been counted, in for library warmth and light.
Revelers sported leopard-print Santa hats, holding napkins of cookies and cups of hots cider and singing “Have yourself a merry little Christmas.” Others joined a raucous hand-bell chorus and met Santa.
The evening culminated in the lighting of the towering 70-year-old Norway spruce in the library’s yard.
“We just have such a wonderful library,” Betty Overdorf, president of the Lamplighters, the Friends of the Library group, said, who, with her dashing husband Dennis. “The library…