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From the Director - December 2014

director chair newsletterWe’re still eating leftover turkey but planning a busy December for you.

The Youth Services Department has a number of exciting events planned for kids of all ages. Be sure to be out on Maple Street in front of the YMCA on Friday, December 12th at 6:00 pm when our wonderful librarian Mrs. Wheeless does a very special reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. And soon after the only other person who could possibly outshine Mrs. Wheeless, Santa Claus himself, will arrive. So bundle up for a fun-filled evening for all.

Check out all the details on other holiday-themed events planned by the Youth Services Department listed below. Some highlights include winter crafts for grades K – 5 to be held on Saturday, December 13th. On Saturday, December 20th families are invited to build holiday cookie castles to take home and on Sunday, December 21st kids will learn about many of the fall/winter holidays including Diwali, Solstice, Hanukkah and Christmas. And on Wednesday, December 31st, kids will get to count down to the new year twelve hours earlier than everyone else with special stories, songs and crafts. These wonderful programs are in addition to many other events happening in the Youth Services Department in December. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Bookworm for a complete listing.

Adults are not forgotten in this busy season either. On Sunday, December 7th at 2:00 pm, Tom Doyle and Sandy Cory Doyle will perform the music of Les Paul and Mary Ford in the beautiful library rotunda.

Are you still reading your daily newspaper or do you get your news from television, radio or the Internet? Be sure to catch the lecture entitled “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:30 pm. Maryanne will take us back to the first newspaper published in Rome in 59 BC and all the way through to the issues newspaper publishers are facing today.

Be sure to register for Neil Berger’s seminar on “The A, B, D’s of Medicare” being held on Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm. Neil will demystify the difference between Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap and more in an interesting and fun presentation. Yes, even Medicare can be fun!

School break is a wonderful time to take advantage of the Friends of the Library (FOL) sponsored Museum Pass program. Stop in to borrow a free pass to the Morris Museum, the Grounds for Sculpture or the Intrepid. Many of these museums have special holiday events scheduled as well. If you’re a member of the FOL, be sure to be on the lookout for the FOL membership renewals coming soon. If you’re not already a member, consider joining and be part of the discussion and planning for more museum passes, more fundraisers and more programs.

Please make note of special holiday hours. The library will have a delayed opening at 10:30 am on Friday, December 19th; will close at 1:00 pm on both Wednesdays, December 24th and 31st and will be closed on Thursdays, December 25th and January 1st. The library will be open regular hours on the weekends following both Christmas and New Year’s. Regular library hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a healthy new year!

Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library