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Library warms up winter

Joshua Hyde plans events for all ages

Magician Greg McAdams brings his act to the Joshua Hyde Library on Jan. 22 as he presents the program Frosty’s Birthday Party. Here he is seen doing a show during Wakefield Pride Day this summer. (click for larger version)
December 02, 2010
STURBRIDGE — As the temperatures continue to drop and people start looking for fun indoor activities to pass the time, the Joshua Hyde Public Library is preparing for what will be a busy winter season of events.

To celebrate the winter solstice State Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre, will visit the library to participate in a "Welcome Winter" story session at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 21. Brewer will read stories with winter settings and themes to children and their parents. The Sturbridge Coffee House will provide hot chocolate to those in attendance, creating a cozy atmosphere of storytelling and warm refreshments.

Children will also be able to submit their guesses for the library's Candy Estimation Contest until Dec. 22. Whoever makes the most accurate estimate as to how much candy is in a jar will win the candy and a Beanie Baby stuffed animal. The craft tables and Candy Estimation Contest are open to children of all ages.

"Since there is no school that week, we decided to give the kids a chance to drop into the library and work on fun craft activities," Lalli said.

The final library event in December will be a First Crown decoration for children on the evening of Dec. 30, as they will adorn a crown made out of construction paper with such objects as pom-poms, jewels, and paper decorations to welcome in the New Year.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated event of the winter schedule will occur on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m., as magician Greg McAdams will present Frosty's Birthday Party to promote library endeavors and literacy. McAdams frequently features books and comedy in his magic acts, and he will strive to include several children in Frosty's Birthday Party. The event is designed for children two years of age or older.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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