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Library Focus: Prepare for the busy holiday season

Have a mysterious holiday

The Mystery Readers convene at a slightly later time (10:30 a.m.) Thursday, Dec. 8, to discuss a collection of mystery stories: “Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop,” edited by Otto Penzler. New members welcome. Festive refreshments this month!

Are you an ant or a grasshopper?

Whether you are looking for a little advice on your writing or an afternoon of free form games, join us from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. We’ll have games of all kinds: board, card and video set up for your enjoyment. We’ll also have a special writing workshop for fourth through ninth graders interested in entering the statewide Letters about Literature contest. For more details on the contest, visit lettersaboutliterature.org. To sign up for the workshop with English teacher and published author Emily Johnson, call the library at 635-5631 or email Mrs. Chism at valc@bville.lib.ny.us.

A tasty tradition

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, master baker Meg Van Patten invites kids in third through sixth grades (with adult) to join her for a special session on building gingerbread houses. Registration is required; contact the circulation desk at 635-5631. We’ll provide the gingerbread and icing, but be sure to bring a bag of assorted candy to add your personal touch to your gingerbread palace.

Second Mondays Club

Kids in third through sixth grades are invited to join us for a new tasty tradition from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, as we get together to share free pizza, fun, games and activities.

Author, author

Our long running writers group meets at 7 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays, Dec. 13 and 27, to support each other and share progress.

A present for the whole family

Join Genealogist Louise Creighton as she presents “The Ties That Bind: A Guide to Planning Your Best Family Reunion Ever,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. Registration is required.

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