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This month at our library – December Newsletter

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December at the Mansfield Public Library

   I am happy to announce that the lines have been painted in the parking lot and we are awaiting the new lighting.  Thank you for all your patience over the last few months!
   The busy holiday season is upon us, but don’t forget to stop by the library for some entertainment or for some much needed peace and quiet.  Pick up some holiday movies, cds or books from our displays. From classics to more modern fare, we have a wide range of choices for you.
   We have lots of events in December, from book clubs to movies to craft programs. Adults can de-stress with our coloring club or take a pastel painting class. Teens are invited to make a DIY gift for the holidays and vote for the after-school movie.  For children we have holiday crafts and story times and another visit by Rosie the Therapy Horse.  These events and many more will be happening this month at the library!
Happy Holidays from All of Us to All of You!
Catherine Coyne, Library Director
Coloring Club for Relaxation

Adults are rediscovering the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. Do you want to explore this fun new fad? The library hosts a monthly coloring club on the 1st Thursday of the month from 5 – 6 p.m.  Join us on December 1st.
The library provides soothing music, coloring books, colored pencils, markers and crayons.

Thursday Night at the Movies

Have a night out on Thursday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Starring Chris Pine, Idris Elba and Zachary Quinto. Rated PG-13.

After School Teen Movie

Vote for your pick with Amy at the Reference Desk and come watch the winning movie on Fri., December 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Both films are rated PG or PG-13

Pastel Painting Workshop

Join us  on Saturday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m. for Stunning Still Life, a free pastel painting workshop.
The Mansfield Public Library welcomes back Gregory Maichack, who is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques. He demonstrates how beginners to accomplished artists can paint a still life while applying techniques used by masters such as van Gogh, O’Keeffe, Monet and even Maichack himself.
Space is limited. Register Here. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Library Book Club

The library book club will meet on Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m.
This month we will be discussing Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler.
“Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies The Taming of the Shrew. Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny.Dr. Battista has other problems: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying as usual on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?”
New members are always welcome! Copies for check out are available at the front display area.
Join our email list by registering here.

Non-Fiction Book Club

Join us on Monday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. for our new non-fiction book club.
This month’s pick is Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom.
” What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together? Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds–two men, two faiths, two communities–that will inspire readers everywhere. “
Everyone is welcome! Books are available at the library for check-out. Register Here

Genealogy Resources

Calling all genealogists!  Are you stuck in your family history research?  We recently received a donation of some CDs that might help you:
Swedish Census, 1890
Scandinavia Vital Records Index — Denmark (1630-1905), Finland (1656-1890), Norway (1650-1903), & Sweden (1610-1888)
New York Births & Baptisms: Southeast Region, 1660-1916
New York Supreme Court Naturalization Petition Index, 1907-1924
Vital Records Index North America — US & Canada, 1631-1888
Please contact the Reference Desk if you’re interested in using any of these CDs here in the library.
We also have many other resources available for genealogy research.  With your Mansfield Public Library card, you have access to HeritageQuest online (which you can even access from home, with your library card number), as well as Ancestry Library Edition (which you must use on one of the Library’s Internet computers).  In addition, we have a diverse collection of books to help with your genealogy research.  Come on in and check some out!

Friends of the Library

Happy Holidays from the Friends of the Library. Visit our book sale and pick up some winter tales and holiday cheer to read. We also have some specially chosen books that will make great gifts – look for the holiday bows!

The Friends of the Library are an important part of the Mansfield Public Library.  Funds from the daily book sale and membership dues allow the Friends to provide museum passes to the library and fund many of the library’s wonderful programs and events.

Please consider supporting the Friends by becoming a member today! Membership applications are available in the library.

NEW Puzzle Table
Do you like jigsaw puzzles?  Are you looking for a fun way to relax at the library?

Check out our community puzzle in the Magazine Area. Lend a hand and help us complete the puzzle!

The Library
“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”

E.B. White, author

We hope you are enjoying our newsletter! Please let us know if you have any questions, requests, or comments.
Email us, call 508-261-7380, or stop by 255 Hope Street in Mansfield.
Thank you for supporting the library.