Weston Public Library

Weston, Massachusetts

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Friday June 1, 2018 -  Sunday July 1, 2018
     June Art Exhibit: the photography of Beth Hoffer  
   

Having lived in New England all but the first three years of her life, Beth is inspired by the natural and architectural beauty of the region.  Her photographs represent a wide range of the area, including the Maine Coast, Cape Cod, the White Mountains, and Boston and its suburbs.  The photographs bring to mind favorite places and pleasant memories.  While viewing the world through the camera lens, Beth has come to appreciate that everything changes, be it by the season, day or minute.  Her work hangs in both private and public collections.  Before turning to photography full time, Beth was a career librarian putting her MLS to work in academic and public libraries.

The photographs are available in a variety of formats and sizes.  For an overview, please visit www.LyricPhotos.Net.

 

 


Tuesday June 26, 2018
   6:00 PM Pastel Paint Workshop: Monet's Magic  
   

This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Imagine using the actual imagery that inspired Monet to paint his "Water Lily" paintings. In this new, highly researched two-hour workshop, participants create their own pastel painting, freely experimenting with hundreds of the artist's pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper, in this fun workshop. Space is limited, please call 781-786-6165 or visit the Reference Desk to register. All materials are provided free to participants.

Artist Gregory Maichack is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels. He has been in many national juried shows. In addition to portraiture, his still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennebunkport, Maine to San Francisco, California. Visit his website at www.GregoryMaichack.com to learn more.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Weston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 


Saturday June 30, 2018
   12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM Read to a Dog!  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   
   

For kids in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Why read to a dog? Because a dog is friendly and fuzzy and loves the attention of being read to!  Youngsters can gain confidence in their reading aloud skills in the company of Maggie, our fabulous reading buddy, and her trainer, Katie!  The program is in the Storytelling Room.  Since young readers just working toward gaining confidence don't need an audience, even a loving one, we ask that parents and siblings wait outside.  (You can still peek through the window in the door!) 

Our dogs are registered Therapy Dogs with BONES International.

Sign up at the Youth Services Desk for a fifteen minute time slot.

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Wednesday July 4, 2018
     Library Closed--Independence Day  

Wednesday July 11, 2018
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM DINOMAN!  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   kwood@minlib.net
   

For families of all ages!

Dinosaur tracks lead right to the Library?  Have no fear, Dinoman is here!  With magic, merry mayhem, and magificent props, the audience is taken on a trip throughout the Mesozoic Era.  How do we know dinosaurs were here?  What is a fossil?  How are they made?  This program is fun and informative for all ages.  Plus...giant dinosaurs!

Sign up at the Youth Services Desk starts Monday, June 25th.

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Thursday July 12, 2018
   4:30 PM  -  5:45 PM Escape the Room!  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   kwood@minlib.net
   

Ages 8 - 12

Wicked Fun Games Presents:  Escape from the Wizards Tower!

Can you solve the puzzles, find the keys, and escape the room in one hour? Come join other kids, test your mental might and enjoy a fun, live action game event!  Are you smart enough to defeat a wizard?

In the Community Room.

Space is limited!  Sign up at the Youth Services Desk starts Monday, June 25th!

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   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Escape From the Wizard's Tower  
    Contact: Karen Baldwin   781-786-6166   kbaldwin@minlib.net
   

For grades 6 - 12

Can you solve the puzzles, find the keys and escape the room in one hour?  Come join others, test your mental might and

enjoy a fun live action game event!

Registration required

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Monday July 16, 2018
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   kwood@minlib.net
   

With ScienceTellers!

For families of all ages

Grab your spurs and journey with us to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again! After the Sheriff mysteriously vanishes, two kids must saddle up to foil the great heist * but not before stopping a runaway train, escaping an abandoned mine shaft and discovering how a mysterious piano can play an *instrumental* part in putting a rotten cowboy back behind bars.

Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Don*t miss this classic action-packed western with *notes* of science!

Sign up starts Monday, June 25th at the Youth Services Desk!

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Tuesday July 17, 2018
   2:30 PM Mystery Book Discussion Group  
   

Do you enjoy reading and discussing mystery novels? You'll find good company among our friendly readers who meet monthly in the library's Conference Room. This month's selection is The Reeve's Tale by Margaret Frazer:

It's June 1440, and Sister Frevisse from St. Frideswide nunnery travels to Prior Byfield, a village and land holdings held jointly by Lord Lovell and the  nunnery, to take the  place of the  nunnery's steward, Master Naylor, whose free-born status is questioned. While there, Sister Frevisse, again reluctantly, becomes involved in piecing together the  clues to solve two brutal murders. Property rights and lust are the  probable motives for the  crimes in this well-written mystery.  The  marvelous sense of place and attention to historical detail are always expected pleasures in this series-Ms. Frazer does not disappoint.

Pick up a copy of the book at the library's front desk today!

 

   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Slime Time Workshop!  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   kwood@minlib.net
   

Ages 8 - 12

Do you like SLIME?  Learn how to make it with some interesting variations in this fun and messy workshop!  

Each kid who participates will leave with three containers of their own unique slime. We do not use Borax, and the slime is 100% safe for all skin types.  This is a small workshop, and participation is limited.  

Sign up at the Youth Services Desk starts Monday, 2nd.  
Make sure you sign up; you must be registered to participate.

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   7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Henna Workshop  
    Contact: Karen Baldwin   781-786-6166   kbaldwin@minlib.net
   

For grades 6 - 12

Amanda Roberge will host a henna workshop for teens. Request a specific design to stay on your skin for up to 2 weeks or let Ms. Amanda surprise you!

Registration required

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Thursday July 19, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Summer Sing-Along with Jeannie Mack!  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   kwood@minlib.net
   

For babies and toddlers, ages twelve months to five years old

Join us at the Library with popular performer Jeannie Mack on the third Thursday of each month!  You'll have as much fun as your toddler as you join Jeannie while she plays the guitar and sings with the audience. Music, dancing, clapping and fingerplay fun will get you rocking.  Bring your dancing shoes, your bounciness and your sense of rhythm!

In the Library Community Room.  For more information, call the library or visit Jeannie's Website!

Jeannie's program is on the third Thursday of the month

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   6:30 PM  -  8:30 PM Night Sky Painting  
    Contact: Karen Baldwin   781-786-6166   kbaldwin@minlib.net
   

For grades 6 - 12

Create a canvas painting of a star filled night sky with silhouettes of a hillside and trees.  It's amazing what you can create with four colors and some easy brush techniques!

Registration required.

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Monday July 23, 2018
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Air Powered Rockets and Planes!  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   kwood@minlib.net
   

Ages 6 and up

Join Ed the Wizard for a fun workshop on building and flying Air Powered Rockets and Airplanes using paper, balloons, straws, and modeling clay.

Upon the completion of our planes and rockets, we will learn basic aerodynamics enabling our aircraft fly further, straighter, and perform stunts.

Space is limited, Registration Required
Sign up starts Monday, July 2nd at the Youth Services Desk

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Sponsored by the Weston Cultural Council


Wednesday July 25, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Aromatherapy Workshop  
    Contact: Karen Baldwin   781-786-6166   kbaldwin@minlib.net
   

For grades 6 - 12

Make and take aromatherapy products using botanicals and essential oils.  Learn about the history and the health benefits of aromatherapy products.

Registration required

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Monday July 30, 2018
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Rainforest Animals!  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   kwood@minlib.net
   

with Creature Teachers!

For families of all ages

Meet eight to ten rainforest live animals!  Discuss all aspects of the rainforests from the layers that make up for forest to their locations around the world to the dangers that threaten the fragile ecosystem.  Some rainforest animals can even be touched!
 
Sign up at the Youth Services Desk!

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Thursday August 2, 2018
   4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM Slime Time Workshop 2!  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   kwood@minlib.net
   

Ages 8 - 12

Do you like SLIME?  Learn how to make it with some interesting variations in this fun and messy workshop!  

Each kid who participates will leave with three containers of their own unique slime. We do not use Borax, and the slime is 100% safe for all skin types.  This is a small workshop, and participation is limited.  

Sign up at the Youth Services Desk starts Monday, 2nd.  
Make sure you sign up; you must be registered to participate.

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   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Jewelry Making Workshop  
    Contact: Karen Baldwin   781-786-6166   kbaldwin@minlib.net
   

For grades 6 -12

Create beautiful pieces of handmade jewelry!
Learn the basic skills to work with an array of materials and styles.

Registration required


Tuesday August 7, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Mosaic Suncatcher Workshop  
    Contact: Karen Baldwin   781-786-6166   kbaldwin@minlib.net
   

For grades 6 - 12

Delight in the ancient art of stained glass mosaics! Create a mosaic suncatcher to capture rays of light and transform your window into stained glass.

Registration required

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Thursday August 9, 2018
   3:15 PM  -  3:45 PM Night Sky Planetarium  
    Contact: Karen Baldwin   781-786-6166   kbaldwin@minlib.net
   

For grades 6 - 12

Enter the portable planetarium and take a tour of the solar system and beyond.
Explore the night sky, and learn how to find stars, planets and other celestial objects from your own backyard. 

Registration required

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Monday August 13, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Karaoke Coding  
    Contact: Karen Baldwin   781-7866-6166   kbaldwin@minlib.net
   

For grades 6 -12

Learn to program the computer to modify voices
and design your very own beat box. 

Registration required

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Thursday August 16, 2018
   10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM Summer Sing-Along with Jeannie Mack!  
    Contact: Youth Services Desk   781-786-6166   kwood@minlib.net
   

For babies and toddlers, ages twelve months to five years old

Join us at the Library with popular performer Jeannie Mack on the third Thursday of each month!  You'll have as much fun as your toddler as you join Jeannie while she plays the guitar and sings with the audience. Music, dancing, clapping and fingerplay fun will get you rocking.  Bring your dancing shoes, your bounciness and your sense of rhythm!

In the Library Community Room.  For more information, call the library or visit Jeannie's Website!

Jeannie's program is on the third Thursday of the month

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Thursday August 23, 2018
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Snacks that Rock  
    Contact: Karen Baldwin   781-786-6166   kbaldwin@minlib.net
   

For grades 6 - 12

Goodbye boring out-of-the-box snacks!  
The snack recipes in this class are super easy to make at home and are amazingly delicious!  
Join chef Liz Barbour for this fun and delicious demonstration class.  
Recipes and samples are included.

Registration required.

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Monday September 3, 2018
     Library Closed--Labor Day  

Thursday September 13, 2018
   7:00 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? You'll find guidance and support through the library's friendly knitting group, led by local knitting instructor Iris Hermann. The group will meet in the library's Conference Room Thursday evenings September 13 through November 15. This program is free and open to adults aged 18 and over. All skill levels are welcome. Please register at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Thursday September 20, 2018
   7:00 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? You'll find guidance and support through the library's friendly knitting group, led by local knitting instructor Iris Hermann. The group will meet in the library's Conference Room Thursday evenings September 13 through November 15. This program is free and open to adults aged 18 and over. All skill levels are welcome. Please register at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Tuesday September 25, 2018
   7:00 PM Return of the Sea Otter: the story of the animal that evaded extinction on the Pacific Coast  
   

These adorable, furry marine mammals--often seen floating on their backs holding hands--reveal the health of the coastal ecosystem along the Pacific Ocean. Once hunted for their prized fur during the 1700s and 1800s, these animals nearly went extinct. Only now, nearly a century after hunting ceased, are populations showing stable growth in some places. Sea otters are a keystone species in coastal areas, feeding on sea urchins, clams, crab and other crustaceans. When they are present, kelp beds are thick and healthy, providing homes for an array of sealife. When otters disappear, sea urchins take over, and the kelp disappears along with all of the creatures that live in the beds. Now, thanks to their protected status, sea otters are making a comeback in California, Washington, and Alaska. 

Todd McLeish is a science writer with three published books, all on natural history topics: NarwhalsBasking with Humpbacks, and Golden Wings and Hairy Toes: New England Wildlife. He is a popular public speaker on cruise ships and at museums and environmental centers and has published articles on wildlife topics in Earthwatch JournalBird Watcher's DigestWildBird, and Natural New England, among other publications.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to all. 


Wednesday September 26, 2018
   9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM Small Talk, ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group this fall. The library offers free conversation groups for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers. No registration required. Please call 781-786-6165 with questions.


Thursday September 27, 2018
   7:00 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? You'll find guidance and support through the library's friendly knitting group, led by local knitting instructor Iris Hermann. The group will meet in the library's Conference Room Thursday evenings September 13 through November 15. This program is free and open to adults aged 18 and over. All skill levels are welcome. Please register at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Wednesday October 3, 2018
   9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM Small Talk, ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group this fall. The library offers free conversation groups for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers. No registration required. Please call 781-786-6165 with questions.


Thursday October 4, 2018
   7:00 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? You'll find guidance and support through the library's friendly knitting group, led by local knitting instructor Iris Hermann. The group will meet in the library's Conference Room Thursday evenings September 13 through November 15. This program is free and open to adults aged 18 and over. All skill levels are welcome. Please register at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Monday October 8, 2018
     Library Closed--Columbus Day  

Wednesday October 10, 2018
   9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM Small Talk, ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group this fall. The library offers free conversation groups for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers. No registration required. Please call 781-786-6165 with questions.

   7:00 PM Above & Beyond: JFK and the U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis  
   

New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias will give an engaging presentation on his new book Above & Beyond which chronicles the thirteen harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and then outlines the steps President Kennedy made to reach a decision on a course of action.

Special emphasis is given to the heroes of the crisis: the U-2 pilots who flew unarmed over Cuba to secure the photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on the island., These pilots helped President Kennedy achieve a difficult objective: have the nuclear missiles removed from Cuba without triggering Armageddon. 

This unique presentation entertains with a dramtic chronicling of the Cuban Missile Crisis (with slides) while providing useful analysis of JFK's process of tackling major decisions in practical ways that others can learn from and adopt. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to all. 


Thursday October 11, 2018
   7:00 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? You'll find guidance and support through the library's friendly knitting group, led by local knitting instructor Iris Hermann. The group will meet in the library's Conference Room Thursday evenings September 13 through November 15. This program is free and open to adults aged 18 and over. All skill levels are welcome. Please register at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Wednesday October 17, 2018
   9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM Small Talk, ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group this fall. The library offers free conversation groups for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers. No registration required. Please call 781-786-6165 with questions.


Thursday October 18, 2018
   7:00 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? You'll find guidance and support through the library's friendly knitting group, led by local knitting instructor Iris Hermann. The group will meet in the library's Conference Room Thursday evenings September 13 through November 15. This program is free and open to adults aged 18 and over. All skill levels are welcome. Please register at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Wednesday October 24, 2018
   9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM Small Talk, ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group this fall. The library offers free conversation groups for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers. No registration required. Please call 781-786-6165 with questions.


Thursday October 25, 2018
   3:00 PM DNA Testing 101: Using DNA Testing in Genealogy  
   

Genetic genealogist Ms. Teri Grey will discuss the variety of DNA testing available for genealogical purposes and explore the questions DNA testing can address. Discussion will focus on selecting the appropriate tests and provider to achieve genealogical goals. Additionally issues such as privacy, accuracy, and potential unexpected results will be discussed. Developing a DNA testing lan will be explained. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

   7:00 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? You'll find guidance and support through the library's friendly knitting group, led by local knitting instructor Iris Hermann. The group will meet in the library's Conference Room Thursday evenings September 13 through November 15. This program is free and open to adults aged 18 and over. All skill levels are welcome. Please register at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Wednesday October 31, 2018
   9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM Small Talk, ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group this fall. The library offers free conversation groups for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers. No registration required. Please call 781-786-6165 with questions.


Thursday November 1, 2018
   7:00 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? You'll find guidance and support through the library's friendly knitting group, led by local knitting instructor Iris Hermann. The group will meet in the library's Conference Room Thursday evenings September 13 through November 15. This program is free and open to adults aged 18 and over. All skill levels are welcome. Please register at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Wednesday November 7, 2018
   9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM Small Talk, ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group this fall. The library offers free conversation groups for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers. No registration required. Please call 781-786-6165 with questions.


Thursday November 8, 2018
   5:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Friends of WPL Book Sale Preview Night!  
   

Get the first peek at this year's Friends of the Weston Library Book Sale! Not a member yet? Not a problem! Join today at http://www.westonlibrary.org/friends/join-fwpl

   7:00 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? You'll find guidance and support through the library's friendly knitting group, led by local knitting instructor Iris Hermann. The group will meet in the library's Conference Room Thursday evenings September 13 through November 15. This program is free and open to adults aged 18 and over. All skill levels are welcome. Please register at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Friday November 9, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  6:00 PM Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Library  
   

Save money on great books for adults and children and support the Library at the same time. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the library. Additionally, a wide selection of delectable treats prepared by Friends of the Library volunteers will be available for purchase. Hardbacks are $2.00 and paperbacks are $1.00.

 


Saturday November 10, 2018
   10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Library  
   

Save money on great books for adults and children and support the Library at the same time. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the library. Additionally, a wide selection of delectable treats prepared by Friends of the Library volunteers will be available for purchase. Hardbacks are $2.00 and paperbacks are $1.00.


Sunday November 11, 2018
     Library Closed--Veterans' Day  

Wednesday November 14, 2018
   9:15 AM  -  10:15 AM Small Talk, ESL conversation group  
   

Are you learning English? Join the Small Talk group this fall. The library offers free conversation groups for adult intermediate and advanced level English speakers. No registration required. Please call 781-786-6165 with questions.


Thursday November 15, 2018
   7:00 PM Knitting with Iris  
   

Would you like to learn to knit? Do you need help with a project? You'll find guidance and support through the library's friendly knitting group, led by local knitting instructor Iris Hermann. The group will meet in the library's Conference Room Thursday evenings September 13 through November 15. This program is free and open to all adults aged 18 and over. All skill levels are welcome. Please register at the Reference Desk or call 781-786-6165. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Thursday November 22, 2018
     Library Closed--Thanksgiving Day  

Thursday November 29, 2018
   3:00 PM Chappaquiddick Tragedy: Kennedy's Second Passenger Revealed  
   

In mid-morning of July 19, 1969 Sen. Ted Kennedy reported an accident he had had the previous night in which Mary Jo Kopechne had drowned. No one believed the story he wrote in his police report. What was he covering up? What really happened? Author Donald Nelson pored over thousands of pages of evidence, testimony, books, and written accounts, which led him to offer an explanation of what actually happened that night in his new book Chappaquiddick Tragedy: Kennedy’s Second Passenger Revealed. The book is an unintended result of a retirement project Mr. Nelson undertook after a career as a research physicist at Bell Laboratories. “I saw a documentary on A&E about the accident which outlined the questions around the event, and thought it would be a good intellectual exercise to examine it,” he said. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free and open to all.


Tuesday December 25, 2018
     Library Closed--Christmas Day  

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