Your Library – A busy month ahead

A Book Art lamp recycles used books. Handout

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The lantern decorating session was held last Saturday; the lanterns were provided and the attendees brought their own choice of decorations. A decorated lantern is still on view in the branch.

Baskets for the Christmas Basket Penny Sale were put on display last Saturday and tickets for the mid-December draws are now on sale at the branch. The more tickets you use, the better your chances of winning a draw! Why not add some tickets every time you’re in the branch? There is a good variety of choices.

The Friends of the Library are busy putting finishing touches on the items to be offered in the Dickens Craft Show on Dec. 7 and 8. These include book art (including a book art lamp this year), table decorations and other craft items. Visit us at the Dickens Show to see all the items; special orders can be taken for anyone unable to attend the Dickens show.

The following weekend, on Saturday. Dec. 11, Kim Freeman will be with us to lead our Wreath-making Workshop. The $25 charge for a session includes cedar and grapevines for the wreaths. Attendees provide their own choices of decorations and ribbons and can elect to participate at either the 1:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. session (or both, if you want to make two wreaths?).

The Friends, many of whom are fantastic dessert chefs (ask the folks who came to our soup and sandwich luncheon), will be busy that same week making cookies for the Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those of you who have not yet attended the Cookie Walk, this is how it works. A wide variety of cookies will be on hand and can be purchased for $5 per dozen. We provide a box for your selection and your dozen can be made up of any combination you select. You can have one each of twelve different kinds, if that appeals to you. It’s a lot of fun and good eating too.

The major construction phase of the Reading Garden is complete and the fence will be installed by the end of November. The pergola and plantings will be done in the spring. The Friends are planning a special event for the official opening of the Reading Garden. I’ll let you know later what form that will take.

Katie is also working on an idea for a “Blind Date with a Book” for the winter months. She and Shannon are full of great ideas. As plans are firmed up, watch for more about that in a month or two.