Friends To Host New Events For A New Year

By Arlene Miller, Friends of the Pennsauken Free Public Library

The Friends of the Pennsauken Free Public Library have some great events planned for 2016 that are sure to appeal to a wide variety of Library patrons.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 12:30 p.m., the Friends will be hosting its first-ever “Munch and a Movie” event in the Library’s Community Room. We’ll supply coffee, tea and water. You bring the snacks! We’re still deciding on what movie to show, but it’ll be a good one guaranteed to make you unwind from the last few weeks’ parties, decorating, wrapping, cooking, you name it. And it’s free. How’s that for a deal!

On Saturday, Feb. 13, we’re having another cookie sale in the Library lobby, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Face it: who doesn’t like cookies? We’re hoping they’ll become a new tradition instead of chocolates and roses, and they’re a lot less expensive. We’ll also be taking orders then for spring and Easter wreaths. Our fall and winter wreaths were such a big success, we decided to expand to all seasons.

Then on Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Friends host a workshop from the Alzheimer’s Association: “Living with Alzheimer’s.” It runs from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Library’s Community Room and focuses on early stage caregivers. Topics include the symptoms of early stage Alzheimer’s disease, resource planning for early stage, and the components of a care team and how to successfully work with them. Please note that registration is required in advance and you must sign up by Feb. 12 at the Library’s circulation desk. The workshop is free for all registered attendees, and we’ll provide beverages and snacks. Plan to bring your own lunch.

April isn’t as far away as it sounds; we’ll once again hold one of our classic events, the annual Art Show. It’s always a favorite and entries are welcome from all Pennsauken and Merchantville residents. We’ll take in submissions April 14-15, and the show itself runs from April 17-24, with a “Meet the Artist” reception on the final day. Many of our previous artists have sold their works to interested buyers, and the Friends ask that sellers donate 20 percent of the sale price to our organization, so we can continue to help the Pennsauken Library. Art Show brochures are now available in the Library lobby with details about project categories, eligibility, size requirements, and ID tags to attach to each entry. Art-related programs and workshops throughout “Art Week” have become a big hit during this event, so look for information next month on some interesting “how-to” sessions we’ve lined up.

Don’t forget – the next two meetings of the Friends of the Pennsauken Free Public Library are Wednesday, Jan. 13 and Wednesday, Feb. 10. We start at 7:00 p.m. in the Library’s Community Room, so we’ll save you a seat. In the meantime, check us out on Facebook and on the Library’s web site.

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