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This month at our library – December Newsletter
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December at the Mansfield Public Library
The holiday season is upon us and the staff of The Mansfield Public Library would like to wish all of our patrons the very happiest of holidays.
In this season of giving, please consider making a donation to one of the collection boxes at the front of the library.¬† We have a box for children’s books to be donated to area children’s hospitals.¬† Toys can be donated to the annual Toys For Tots drive. Goods for Troops is seeking items to be sent to those who are serving overseas.¬† The library is a drop off for non-perishable food items for the Mansfield Food Pantry year round.
Another way to give is to consider joining the Friends of the Library.  If you have ever used a museum pass or if you enjoy the many programs that the library offers, you have the Friends of the Library to thank!  These wonderful benefits are made possible through yearly memberships and the proceeds of our book sale.
Enjoy the holidays!
Catherine Coyne, Library Director
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Playgroup with Carol Carver

Join Carol of Self Help, Inc. on Wed., December 6 at 10:30 a.m. for her monthly playgroup for young children and their caregivers.

Teen Time

Come check out our new after school program for teens–Teen Time on Thursday, December 7 between 2 and 5 p.m. Join Miss Amy after school for coloring and crafting, games and puzzles,¬† and to build something with magnetic circuits or just hang out.
This program is open to grades 6 to 12. Located in our new Teen Space.

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.
The 1st Thursday of the month from 5 -6 p.m. 
The 3rd Thursday of the month from 6 – 7 p.m.
This month we will meet on Dec. 7th and 21st.
The library provides soothing music, coloring books, colored pencils, markers and crayons.

Local Author Panel

Join us on Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. to meet a panel of six local area authors.  Learn about their books and participate in a Question & Answer session.
About the authors:

Wayne-Daniel Berard is a local Mansfield poet who has published a new chapbook titled “Christine Day, Love Poems” last spring.

D.A. MacQuin is a local science fiction writer of the books 1995 and the sequel The Grid.

Joel McGrath is a local author who resides in New Hampshire but grew up near Boston. He wrote the YA fantasy novel Something Eternal coming out in January 2018.
Ken Paiva is a local Mansfield author of the chilling wartime thriller When Night Awakens.
Vlad Zachary is a local Mansfield author of a nonfiction book titled The Excellence Habit: How Small Changes In Our Mindset Can Make A Big Difference In Our Lives.
C.E. Zaniboni is a local Mansfield author of the Cy Walleski mystery series, Book 1, Iced at Midnight & Book 2, Twanged at Twilight.

Visit with Children’s author Josh Funk

Join us on Sat., December 9 at 10:30 a.m. as we welcome author Josh Funk.
Josh Funk is the author of many funny books including the very popular Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast. He will share some of his recent books.
For ages 3 and up.

Pastel Painting Workshop
with Gregory Maichack

On Saturday December 9 at 11:00 a.m., join us at the Mansfield Public Library for “The 45-Million-Dollar-Flower”, a Georgia O’Keefe inspired 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 Maicheck himself. The still life is a genre chosen by famous artists throughout history as a subject. As always, all participants will get to keep their pastel paintings and use¬† professional-grade pastels, paper, and materials which is all supplied for free.
Space is limited.
This program is free and recommended for adults and teenagers ages 12 and up

Knitting Corner

Join us this month on Monday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. for our newest monthly program at the Mansfield Public Library!
Needle crafters of any level are welcome to come create together, chat together, and help one another out with tips and tricks.

Teen Crafternoon

On Tue., December 12 at 3:30 p.m., join Miss Amy for an afternoon of crafting fun! The theme this month is DIY gifts.
This program is free and open to any teens in grades 6 to 12.
For more information, please contact Amy Rosa, Reference/Teen Librarian, at (508) 261-7380 or arosa@sailsinc.org.

Book Club & Activity
Ages 4 – 7

On Thursday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m.¬†we’ll read¬†Leave Me Alone, by Vera Brosgol.
How far away will the little old lady have to go to get her knitting done? We’ll enjoy this funny book and make a mitten ornament and a funny clay alien.

Thursday Night at the Movies

Join us on Thursday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. for The Glass Castle.

Based on the best-selling book by Jeannette Walls

Starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts
Rated PG-13. Run Time 2 hours and 7 minutes)

Winter Song Fest 
with Jeannie Mack

Join Jeannie Mack on Saturday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. for a fun winter songfest.
Learn some playful fingerplays, handplays and interactive songs that celebrate the coldest season of the year. Themes include snowmen, sledding, skating and hot cocoa.
For children ages 1 – 5.

Winter Warlock Lego Challenge

Drop in on Saturday, December 16 from 1:00 Р3:00 p.m. and use our Legos and your creativity to make something for our wintry display.  
Best for ages 5 and up.

Non-Fiction Book Club

The Non-Fiction Book Club will meet on Mon., Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Register Here

Teen Writing Workshop

Join us on Wed., December 20 at 3:30 p.m. for our Teen Writing Workshop! This month we will be doing creative writing exercises.
This workshop is free and open to grades 6 to 12. Register Here

Book Group for Ages 8 – 12

Join us on Thursday, December 21 at 3:45 p.m. to talk about Breadcrumbs a novel of fantasy and adventure by Anne Ursu.
Hazel must enter the forest to find Jack, who has disappeared with a mysterious woman made of ice.  Will their friendship ever be the same?
Snack and a snowy craft will follow the discussion.
Limited to 6 readers.
Register in the Youth Room to receive a copy of the book.

Library Book Club 

Join us on Thursday, December 21 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of Beartown by Fredrik Backman.
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
The Library Book Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
New members are always welcome!

Caterpillar Coding Open House

Drop-in on Thursday, December 28 between 10:30 and noon and try out our Code-A-Pillars and Code and Go Robot Mice.
These new coding toys were made possible through gifts made in honor or Ed Ammidown.
Also, enjoy block play and Legos.

Making Comics With Dean Calusdian
Fore ages 8 – 12

Join us on Friday, December 29 at 3:30 p.m.
for a comic book workshop with Dean Calusdian. Learn how to create characters and plan out a story.
Dean is the author and illustrator of the books The Stocking Dead,  Fairy Tale a Go Go: Six Ridiculous Fairy Tale Plays and  Story Emporium: Five Funky Fables.
For age 8 – 12.

Friends of the Library

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.
Donations of gently used books in excellent condition are always welcome.  Items may not have been stored in a basement or attic.  No textbooks.
Please consider supporting the Friends by becoming a member today! Membership applications are available in the library.

The Library
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Publisher Malcolm Forbes

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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.