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COLUMN: Library Focus - Take refuge from the wrapping frenzy

— One party down, many to go. The holiday season is here with all its delights and distractions and the library is here to help you make the best of it with. Come on down to sample some holiday entertainment, create one of a kind gifts for the folks on your list or just take refuge from wrapping frenzy and mall madness.

Buy a little B’ville, support BPL

Looking for a great gift for a history buff or homesick friends and loved ones? Consider some of our local history materials. We are currently selling three DVDs: “Walking Tour of Baldwinsville,” “Oswego-Oneida National Historic District Baldwinsville, New York,” and “Morris Machine Works.” Each DVD is $20 and the proceeds are shared with PAC-B TV, the local cable access channel. We also are selling two books by local author Robert Bitz – “A History of Manufacturing in Baldwinsville and the Towns of Lysander and Van Buren” and “Transportation in Central New York and the Baldwinsville Area 1600 to 1940” for $15 each. All proceeds from book sales go to support the library.

Not so interested in history? The Friends of the Library offer a wide variety of delicious nuts, candies and trail mixes suitable for last minute gifts and filling your snack bowls.

Santa Express back in business

Our Santa Express mailbox is back waiting for young patrons to drop off those special notes to the big man at the North Pole. Drop off your letters by 5 p.m. Dec. 16 and be sure to include a return address so the elves can answer before the big night!

Wired for the holidays

Make your holiday a little easier and more festive while you continue mastering important computer skills. This month’s classes (held at 1:30 p.m.) include: Creating a Family Newsletter in Word Dec. 12; and Playing Computer Music Files Dec. 19. All classes are limited to 10 hands-on participants, so be sure to make your reservation early. Sign up online or call 635-5631 to register.

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