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Judith Mac Laren is beach Library artist of month

By Staff | Dec 11, 2013

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m.

Quilting Group meets Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Community Room B, $2 set-up fee.

White House Christmas Traditions, Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Community Room A

Going Further with Your iPad/iPhone, Thursday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Dog Day on Thursday from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. Pre-register.

Musical Holiday Sing Along, Friday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m.

Basic Drawing on Monday, Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Book Discussion, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.

Activity Details

Quilters–note a change in rooms this week.

White House Christmas Traditions is a special program that highlights the White House traditions preserved through the years in our nation’s President’s Center.

A Musical Sing Along is perfect for the holidays. Enjoy songs for the season with Julie Wenger on keyboard and Marilyn Farley leading the songs.

The Drawing class on Mon is for beginners as well as those who want more practice time. Jeanette Swensen will be on stand-by to offer pointers as desired.

Book Discussion group will have fun with The Bartender’s Tale. Newcomers are welcome. Next month the group will be discussing books on two dates so watch for that special opportunity.

Upcoming to Note

Wedneday, Dec. 18 offers a holiday program, The Night Before Christmas–in Song & Monologue.

Also on the 18th is the Afternoon Movie at the Library showing “Hitler’s Children,” 83 minutes in German, English, Hebrew with English subtitles.

Want computer assistance and discussion? Then sign up for the Basic Computers class on Dec 27.

Artist of the Month

We are pleased to call attention to the works of Judith Mac Laren. Her paintings grace both the walls of the Library Commons and Friend’s Bookstore on the third floor. She loves the use of colors and one can see it in the variety of colors she manages to bring alive. She has studied with many teachers throughout the USA and England and considers this a blessing in helping her notice dimensions she might otherwise not see. In addition to paintings, she is experienced in doing murals and wall decorations. For the past 20 years her work has added to homes from Massachusetts to Illinois and Florida. Her philosophy is that if you have a blank wall or floor, it is asking to be enhanced!

TV and Reading

Do you notice that TV programs are often broken into eight-minutes so commercial segments can follow? For some children’s programs like Sesame Street, it’s even shorter. The disadvantage of this approach for children, and I’d suggest also for many adults, is that it fosters a short attention span.

Reading, on the other hand, requires and encourages longer attention spans in children (and adults). Well written children’s books seek to hold children’s attention, not interrupt it. Because of the need to hold viewers until the next commercial message, the content of TV shows is often action and more action. Reading also offers action but often fills the considerable space between action scenes with subtle character development.

Surprise Read

Be sure to visit the Surprise Christmas Presents Display on the second floor. Staff have wrapped up some treasures that we’re sure you will love to read. Just pick your package and check it out on your card. But wait until you get home to unwrap it!

Enjoy the unexpected treasure.


The Cafe in the Library Commons on the third floor is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet friends and share a bite.


Thanks for keeping the library with an atmosphere enabling many to concentrate in a quieter atmosphere. If it’s necessary to take or make a cellphone call, do so in the Library Commons on the third floor or go outside.

Please set the cellphone to silence as you enter the library.

Library Hours

When we are closed, the hours of operation are included in a recording when you call in. Stop by on Monday & Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 and 5; and on Saturday between 9am and 1pm. We look forward to seeing you.

By Dr. Leroy Hommerding