Events Calendar / December 2018

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Movie Matinee: Incredibles 2

Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

All ages at parents’ discretion.

(2018) 118 minutes, rated PG for action sequences and some brief mild language.

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Sunday Concert Series: Pianist May Phang

Praised by critics and audiences for her imaginative programming and compelling performances, pianist May Phang enjoys discovering and performing a wide range of repertoire. Described as “vibrant”, “colorful”, and “evocative,” May strives to deeply understand and bring fresh insights into the masterpieces of composers such as Beethoven and Chopin while equally committed to discovering and championing the works of today’s living composers. May will be performing works by Schubert, Liszt and Chopin.

The series is sponsored in part by Metro Credit Union, Roche Brothers Markets, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, St. Mary’s Credit Union and Friends of the Framingham Library

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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4 years old.

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Films Around the World: Il Sorpasso

This much loved commedia all’italiana stars Vittorio Gassman as an extroverted, middle-aged playboy and Jean-Louis-Trintignant as the shy young law student he takes on a whirlwind journey from Rome to Tuscany.

105 min. Italian with English subtitles.

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Art Reception: Framingham Artists’ Guild

The Framingham Artists’ Guild is presenting its annual members’ art exhibit in the Library Gallery from December 2-28, complete with awards. Please join us for a reception on December 3. The Guild is open to anyone over age 17 and all levels of artistic achievement. Hope you enjoy the work of our members.

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Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main

If you need help with health insurance, finding shelter or housing, and other basic services, you can talk to SMOC staff in private every Tuesday (except the second Tuesday of the month) at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

Please check in at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

All ages.

 

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Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way

Join us for an amazing twelve weeks as we discuss Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.


This groundbreaking program includes:
• An Introduction to two of Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – “The Morning Pages and The Artist Date”
• Hundreds of highly effective exercises and activities
• Guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors
 

Program runs every Tuesday from January 8 - March 26.

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. We begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should bring copies.

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Stories for Scooters at Main Library

Join us every Wednesday for stories, songs, and puppets at our weekly storytime! Parents and child can both enjoy a variety of picture books, classic nursery rhymes and meeting new people!

Ages 0-3 years old. 

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Origami Club

We will be folding a variety of animals and geometric shapes. Led by Lucas Gustafson, a high schooler who started folding at the age of 6 and is a longtime member of the Origami Club at MIT.

Ages 7+.

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Bookmarkers: with Haley Hein

January 3: Grades K-2; January 17: Grades 3-5

Enjoy reading by meeting with friends to choose, read, and discuss books together. You’ll increase your comprehension, discuss what you know, and turn reading into a social activity that encourages more reading!

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Weekly Storytime at Main Library

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and a thematic craft.

For Ages 3-5.

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Adult Coloring Night

Join us for an evening of coloring, calming tea, and music. Whether you love to color for fun or enjoy filling in all the details, coloring is relaxing and therapeutic! We will provide colored pencils and coloring pages for all levels. You are welcome to bring your own materials. No registration is required.

Meets first and third Thursdays of the month.

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Brown Bag Learning Series: Library of Things Showcase

If you haven't noticed, our library does a lot more than just lend out books. Our collection has expanded to include everything from binoculars and therapy lamps to Nintendo game systems and digital cameras. Curious about the new Amazon Fire TV Stick? Check one out! Need a projector, but not sure you'd use it more than once? Borrow it from us! Our goal is to provide things that you might want to buy, but want to try first or things that you might only use once in a while. Join us at our showcase and see a selection of the fabulous things we have to offer!  Come with questions, leave with ideas!

About Kara MacKeil-Pepin:
Kara completed her MLS at the University of Maryland and previously worked at the NOAA Central Library in Silver Spring, MD. Her favorite Thing in the Library of Things is the 3D Doodler Pen. In her spare time she likes mystery novels, hiking, running and knitting. Kara is a native Mainer, and is getting used to Massachusetts after living in Maryland for many years.
 

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Friday Night Movie: BlacKkKlansman

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events. Directed by Spike Lee.

Enter on the Lexington Street side from 6:30-7:15pm.

(2018) 2hr. 15min. Rated R

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs @ McAuliffe

Improve your reading skills by reading aloud to your Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs listen as children read.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

All ages.

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Mindfulness Book Group: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Stress can sap our energy and even shorten our lives. It can make us more vulnerable to depression and disconnection. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s classic book on mindfulness-based stress reduction shows you how to use the power of focused awareness to meet life’s challenges, using medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga, Join us for the book discussion followed by a short meditation.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

All ages.

 

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Framingham Community Song Circle

Monthly sing-along featuring folk songs, rounds, hymns, gospel, show tunes and more. Watch the words on the big screen! Accompanied by live band Folk Stew.

Fun for all ages, and refreshments provided.

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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4 years old.

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Doggos Drop-In

Look forward to Mondays again! Join us for our first ever doggos drop-in and craft. We’ll be making bath bombs while hanging out with dogs from the Pets and People Foundation.

Geared towards ages 20 and up.

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Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main

If you need help with health insurance, finding shelter or housing, and other basic services, you can talk to SMOC staff in private every Tuesday (except the second Tuesday of the month) at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

Please check in at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.

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Card-A-Rama

Learn how to make fancy greeting cards. You'll learn the arts of kirigami, pop-up, and iris folding. We'll provide instructions and materials, you bring your imagination!

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Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way

Join us for an amazing twelve weeks as we discuss Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.


This groundbreaking program includes:
• An Introduction to two of Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – “The Morning Pages and The Artist Date”
• Hundreds of highly effective exercises and activities
• Guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors
 

Program runs every Tuesday from January 8 - March 26.

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. We begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should bring copies.

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Stories for Scooters at Main Library

Join us every Wednesday for stories, songs, and puppets at our weekly storytime! Parents and child can both enjoy a variety of picture books, classic nursery rhymes and meeting new people!

Ages 0-3 years old. 

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Sci-Fi Book Group: Three Short Works by Harlan Ellison

We will read and discuss two short stories: “I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream,” and “A Boy and His Dog,” plus the teleplay “The City on the Edge of Forever,” which inspired the beloved Star Trek episode by the same name. Led by Marcy Maiorana.

All three titles are available as eBooks on Hoopla; please contact the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361 for assistance if you are new to Hoopla.

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Weekly Storytime at Main Library

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and a thematic craft.

For Ages 3-5.

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Telescope Time: Winter Sky

Bundle up and join Bill and Russ of New England Sci-Tech for winter stargazing. Start outside, then head in to make a starviewer, touch a meteorite and learn about the night sky. Scan the skies for Saturn, Mars and lots of stars!

Registration suggested but not required.

All ages.

Supported by a Framingham Cultural Council grant.

Rain date: Saturday, December 15, 4-6pm

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A Christmas Carol: A Dramatic Reading With Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, FSU

This reading has become an annual tradition, so don’t miss the opportunity to see Charles Dickens’ masterpiece come to life! Dickens prepared a special reading version of A Christmas Carol that he used during reading tours in England and America, ending in Boston. Dr. Heineman will perform a dramatized reading of this version, enhanced by a slideshow of over 250 illustrations.

Refreshments.

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Friends Book Sale

9:30am-3pm: Open to Friends Members
10am-3pm: Open to the Public

  • Most Books $1.00 or less, Children’s $.50 or less
  • 3 Rooms + the Lobby chock full of books
  • Check out the Stocking Stuffer Pop-Up with puzzles, games, & toys.
  • Holiday music CDs are just $1.00.
  • BOGO: Buy One holiday book for $1.00, Get One free.
  • DVDs just $1.00 in the lobby, $2.00 in the book room.


*Shop the sale, support the Library!*

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

All ages.

 

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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4 years old.

Back to Basics: User’s Manual for the U.S. Six Part Series with Paul Fideler

Please note: The final class date has been changed from March 11 to March 25.

Are you thinking that America’s political discourses have become too shallow, too partisan, too angry? If so, perhaps it’s time that you step back and reacquaint yourself with the user’s manual for the U.S.—its founding documents, the philosophies and practicality they embodied and the compelling humans who authored them. The convener for this effort will be Paul Fideler, Professor Emeritus of History & Humanities at Lesley University.

Please contact Paul for more information and to register for this course at pfideler@lesley.edu.

Class size is limited and registration is required.

Mondays October 29, November 26, December 17, January 14, February 25 and March 25, 7-8:30pm

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Community Puzzle Swap

What to do with jigsaw puzzles you’ve completed? Swap them! Bring your puzzles to exchange with others. No puzzle to swap? Come anyway; we always have extras for you to try. Primarily 500+ pieces, but all ages and levels welcome.

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Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main

If you need help with health insurance, finding shelter or housing, and other basic services, you can talk to SMOC staff in private every Tuesday (except the second Tuesday of the month) at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

Please check in at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.

Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs thumbnail Photo

Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

All ages.

 

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way thumbnail Photo

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way

Join us for an amazing twelve weeks as we discuss Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.


This groundbreaking program includes:
• An Introduction to two of Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – “The Morning Pages and The Artist Date”
• Hundreds of highly effective exercises and activities
• Guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors
 

Program runs every Tuesday from January 8 - March 26.

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Preparing for U.S. Citizenship Workshop

If you are thinking of applying for U.S. citizenship, attend one of our monthly information sessions. Topics include:

  • Review of eligibility to apply for citizenship
  • Documents needed to complete the N-400 application
  • Meaning of terms/words used in the N-400 application
  • How to file your application

Drop-in, no registration required.

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. We begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should bring copies.

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Stories for Scooters at Main Library

Join us every Wednesday for stories, songs, and puppets at our weekly storytime! Parents and child can both enjoy a variety of picture books, classic nursery rhymes and meeting new people!

Ages 0-3 years old. 

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Origami Club

We will be folding a variety of animals and geometric shapes. Led by Lucas Gustafson, a high schooler who started folding at the age of 6 and is a longtime member of the Origami Club at MIT.

Ages 7+.

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Bookmarkers: with Haley Hein

January 3: Grades K-2; January 17: Grades 3-5

Enjoy reading by meeting with friends to choose, read, and discuss books together. You’ll increase your comprehension, discuss what you know, and turn reading into a social activity that encourages more reading!

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Movies at McAuliffe: Puzzle

Puzzle is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it.

(2018) 1 hr. 43 min. Rated R

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Weekly Storytime at Main Library

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and a thematic craft.

For Ages 3-5.

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Adult Coloring Night

Join us for an evening of coloring, calming tea, and music. Whether you love to color for fun or enjoy filling in all the details, coloring is relaxing and therapeutic! We will provide colored pencils and coloring pages for all levels. You are welcome to bring your own materials. No registration is required.

Meets first and third Thursdays of the month.

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Open Craft at McAuliffe

Make and take a seasonal winter craft. Don’t forget to pick up some boredom-busting entertainment for Vacation Week while you’re here. 

All ages. 

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Stories for Scooters at Main Library

Join us every Wednesday for stories, songs, and puppets at our weekly storytime! Parents and child can both enjoy a variety of picture books, classic nursery rhymes and meeting new people!

Ages 0-3 years old. 

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Weekly Storytime at Main Library

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and a thematic craft.

For Ages 3-5.

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Whale Alert! Reading by local author Angela Kakabeeke

Join us and learn about the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and what people can do to save them. There will be educational hands-on activities for children and adults. Sponsored by W2O (Women Working for Oceans) in partnership with NEAQ. Children attending will receive a copy of Whale Alert! courtesy of W2O.

Grades K+.

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TECtalks: Google Basics: Finding What You Want…Faster

Do you have trouble finding information online? Learn about how modern search engines like Google and Bing work, explore some of their more helpful features, and get some advice on how to tell good search results from bad. Bring your device if you’d like to follow along!

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

All ages.

 

Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4 years old.

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Noon Year’s Eve Celebration

It’s time to ring in the new year! The Library will be celebrating 2019 with an extraordinary balloon drop and cookie decorating. Get a jump on the new year and count down early with us! Balloon drop will happen promptly at 12 noon.

All ages.

Sponsored in part by Wegmans.