Find 'Merriment at Maxwell!'

Children, parents, senior citizens, teenagers, young adults and old, families and singles - the whole community is invited to help make "Merriment at Maxwell!" This library-sponsored holiday festival goes from story time at 10:30 a.m. until the doors close at 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 11 and will feature a host of activities emphasizing "gifts to give."

10:30 a.m.

Children's librarian Kelly Chambala will have her usual Saturday Story Time for infants, toddlers and their parents, but with a special holiday theme.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- Artist Louise Woodard will reprise her lovely thumbprint paintings for children, so popular at last winter's FebFest. Again, this is an item children may want to discreetly tuck away to give later as a gift to someone special.

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

- Miss Kelly will host a drop-in holiday craft, helping children of all ages make decorative wreaths. Children can use their artwork to decorate the home or to give as gifts.

- December exhibiting artist Wendy Detrick Worsham will hold an open-house reception, with items for sale as well as display. Worsham, who started her career as a graphic artist, expresses her special feelings toward nature and animals in vibrant, stylized, acrylic paintings that seem to embody the bright spirit of the holidays.

- An exclusive, one-day book sale of select donations will open up as soon as the children's story time is done. Only the most special items will be put out for sale!

1 to 2 p.m.

- Strings in the Stacks is back! Mayor Michael Montero will be joined by violinist Joshua Diesti of Syracuse for a holiday concert of classical music. Diesti, a Juilliard School graduate, owns the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Syracuse.

Finally, the Friends of Maxwell Library will still be selling raffle tickets for the beautiful - and, may we say, enormous - holiday gift basket made by Mary Dermody. Tickets cost $2 for one, or $5 for five. The basket will be raffled off Saturday Dec. 18, so take this chance to stuff the ticket box in your favor.

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