Sep 21

Thu 7:00 pm

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. Discussion for September Latin America's Political Pendulum.  Contact reference, 781-320-1045 for information.

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Sep 22

Fri 10:30 am

Baby Rhyme Time

For babies 0-24 months and a caregiver, no registration. Come enjoy the magic of rhymes and music with your little one! Lizzy will lead everyone in traditional rhymes and music as well as wonderful new favorites! 

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Sep 25

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Main Library

Sep 25

Mon 6:30 pm

Westwood Library Quilters

Bring your hand or machine quilting projects to work on in the friendly company of other local quilters. Show and tell is encouraged! An iron, ironing pad, cutting mat, and cutting tools will be available. No registration required.

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Sep 26

Tue 10:30 am

Wiggle & Giggle Storytime

For all ages, no registration. Kids and their caregivers are welcome to come wiggle and giggle with us as we enjoy music, movement, storytelling, and more! 

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Sep 26

Tue 7:00 pm

Author Talk: Ted Reinstein and New England’s General Stores

Author Talk: Ted Reinstein and New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic:  The general store is as old as America itself.  It conjures a country-like place where kids come in to buy penny candy, and adults to buy everything from fresh vegetables to four-penny nails. It was a place to pick up mail, the newspaper, and perhaps tarry a bit on a chilly morning to chat over a cup of coffee and a warm wood stove.

In profiling the colorful stories of some of New England’s most iconic general stores, the long, ongoing story of this remarkable region itself comes to life. All are welcome to this lively talk!
Reinstein has been a reporter for Boston’s WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle" since 1995. Copies of this and Reinstein's other books will be available for purchase. No registration is required and all are welcome.
Main Library: Tuesday, September 26 @ 7:00 PM

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Sep 27

Wed 10:30 am

Wondrous Wednesdays Storytime

For all ages, no registration. Children and their caregiver are welcome to come listen to stories, songs, rhymes, and more! A short activity will be available for those who wish to stay after storytime. 

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Sep 27

Wed 1:30 pm

Just for Fun Book Club

For kids in grades 6 - 8, no registration. Take a break from homework and join Lizzy to talk about books and enjoy snacks! Books will be available at the library.  Have a question? Email Lizzy at ehmcgovern@minlib.net for more information. 

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Sep 27

Wed 4:00 pm

Read, Play, Sing

For all ages, no registration. Join us as we read, sing, and play in this storytime filled with movement, music, and craft activities!

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Sep 27

Wed 7:00 pm

POETRY CIRCLE - WITH MARCIE SWARTZ (Wednesday Evenings - see calendar for details)

Poetry is speaking your truth, giving your heart and sould a voice... It is a way to connect with yourself and others  -- since we all share the same human emotions -- giving your unique life experiences meaning.  This is a participatory group, limited to 10 participants -- with no judgement of personal style or poetic literacy; just a group supporting one another in our ability to express our heart and soul through poetry.  Please bring an original poem if you have one, or a poem by your favorite poet to the first meeting.

DATES:  September 20 and 27 / October 11 and 18 / November 1 and 15

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Sep 27

Wed 7:00 pm

Marjorie Feld, PhD presents Lillian Wald

Marjorie Feld, PhD presents Lillian Wald: Professor Feld will speak about Lillian Wald, American nurse, humanitarian and author. Feld's first book, Lillian Wald: A Biography, published in 2008 by University of North Carolina Press, won the Saul Viener Book Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society. Lillian Wald was known for contributions to human rights and was the founder of American community nursing. She also founded the Henry Street Settlement in NYC and was an early advocate to have nurses in public schools. All are welcome!
Main Library: Thursday, Sept. 27 @ 7:00 PM

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Sep 28

Thu 7:00 pm

Mystery Making:  how they do it, or plotting without a net with 4 mystery writers

Mystery Making at the Westwood Public Library featuring 4 stellar authors who create mysteries in four different  genres:  thriller, suspense, traditional and cozy will turn suggestions from the audience into stories!

Authors include: Hank Phillippi Ryan; Elisabeth Elo; Sheila Connolly and Clea Simon

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Westwood Public Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services with LSTA grant funding administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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Sep 29

Fri 10:30 am

Baby Rhyme Time

For babies 0-24 months and a caregiver, no registration. Come enjoy the magic of rhymes and music with your little one! Lizzy will lead everyone in traditional rhymes and music as well as wonderful new favorites! 

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Sep 29

Fri 10:30 am

Friday Morning Book Club


Friday Morning Book Club:  Join our book discussion group on Friday mornings! No sign-up necessary - read the book, join the conversation! We are looking for members, please join us! Books will be available at Main Library at the Circulation Desk and at the Islington Branch Library.
Friday, September 29th:  Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady / Susan Quinn
Friday, October 27th: Laughing all the Way to the Mosque / Zarqa Nawaz
Friday, November 17th: Our Souls at Night /Kent Haruf
Friday, December 15th:  Holiday Yankee Book Swap

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Kids' Department

Oct 2

Mon 10:30 am

Sensory Crafts

Ages 2-5, no registration. All are welcome to come participate in a sensory-based craft. 

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Oct 2

Mon 10:30 am

Monday Mysteries

Monday Mysteries:  Join our mystery book discussion group on Monday mornings! No sign-up necessary - read the book, join the conversation! We are looking for members, please join us! Books will be available at Main Library at the Circulation Desk and at the Islington Branch Library.
Monday, August 7, 2017:  The Bughouse Affair / Marcia Muller & Bill Pronzini
Monday, September 11, 2017:  Faceless Killers / Henning Mankell
Monday, October 2, 2017: Murder on the Orient Express / Agatha Christie
Monday, November 6, 2017: The Passenger /Lisa Lutz

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Oct 2

Mon 6:00 pm

Escape Room

This game is based on the popular “locked room mystery phenomenon sweeping the country.” Sign up for a session if you are up to the challenge! Solve puzzles and look for clues to find the key that allows you to escape the room within a time limit. (Limit ten adults per session)

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Oct 2

Mon 7:00 pm

TEEN KNITTING

Teens, join us Monday nights to knit hats and blankets for Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  All Supplies will be provided.

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Oct 2

Mon 7:30 pm

Escape Room

This game is based on the popular “locked room mystery phenomenon sweeping the country.” Sign up for a session if you are up to the challenge! Solve puzzles and look for clues to find the key that allows you to escape the room within a time limit. (Limit ten adults per session)

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Oct 3

Tue 10:30 am

Wiggle & Giggle Storytime

For all ages, no registration. Kids and their caregivers are welcome to come wiggle and giggle with us as we enjoy music, movement, storytelling, and more! 

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Oct 3

Tue 4:00 pm

*Young Fixers   *REQUIRES REGISTRATION

For kids in grades 2 – 3, registration required.

Based on the Young Inventors' Program (YIP) developed by The Academy of Applied Science, this set of activities guides kids through the full invention process, including opportunity identification, solution brainstorming, model-building, and finally presenting the resulting inventions.          

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Oct 4

Wed 10:30 am

Wondrous Wednesdays Storytime

For all ages, no registration. Children and their caregiver are welcome to come listen to stories, songs, rhymes, and more! A short activity will be available for those who wish to stay after storytime. 

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Oct 4

Wed 4:00 pm

Read, Play, Sing

For all ages, no registration. Join us as we read, sing, and play in this storytime filled with movement, music, and craft activities!

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Oct 4

Wed 6:00 pm

*VolunTEENS *REQUIRES APPLICATION & REGISTRATION

For grades 6 -8. Requires application and registration.

Interested in volunteering at the library? Want to become a member of library Team Reads? Join us on the first Wednesday night of the month for pizza and a library volunteer project. Typical activities may include: Sorting and shelving library materials, adopt a shelf program, assisting with special projects and producing materials for library programs, miscellaneous work, and special event 

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Oct 4

Wed 7:00 pm

Digital Photography & Video with Your Smart Device

This 2 hour program will introduce you to smartphone camera applications (apps), controls and functions – zoom, editing, etc. Participants will learn basic composition, such as the rule of thirds. Learn how to capture, download, back-up and share your photos and video clips. Registration is required- please call 781-320-1045 to sign-up!
Main Library: Wednesday, October 4th @ 7:00 PM

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Main Library, Children's Program Room

Oct 5

Thu 1:30 pm

Preschool Mindfulness

 For parents/caregivers and children ages 3-5.

Join special guest facilitator Sheryl White to participate in simple activities that encourage kids to notice their thoughts, feelings and senses in the moment to help them to relax, focus and have fun!

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Oct 6

Fri 10:30 am

Baby Rhyme Time

For babies 0-24 months and a caregiver, no registration. Come enjoy the magic of rhymes and music with your little one! Lizzy will lead everyone in traditional rhymes and music as well as wonderful new favorites! 

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Oct 10

Tue 10:30 am

Wiggle & Giggle Storytime

For all ages, no registration. Kids and their caregivers are welcome to come wiggle and giggle with us as we enjoy music, movement, storytelling, and more! 

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Oct 10

Tue 4:00 pm

*Young Fixers   *REQUIRES REGISTRATION

For kids in grades 2 – 3, registration required.

Based on the Young Inventors' Program (YIP) developed by The Academy of Applied Science, this set of activities guides kids through the full invention process, including opportunity identification, solution brainstorming, model-building, and finally presenting the resulting inventions.          

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Oct 10

Tue 6:30 pm

Mother-Daughter Book Club

For girls in grades 3-5 and a female adult. Share your enthusiasm for reading with other book lovers and join us for a lively discussion, a game of Pictionary, snacks, and fun!  Books will be available at the Children’s Department. Email Lizzy at ehmcgovern@minlib.net for more information.

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Oct 11

Wed 10:30 am

Wondrous Wednesdays Storytime

For all ages, no registration. Children and their caregiver are welcome to come listen to stories, songs, rhymes, and more! A short activity will be available for those who wish to stay after storytime. 

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Kids' Department Programming Room

Oct 11

Wed 1:30 pm

Half-Wednesday Hangtime

Kids in grades K – 8, no registration. Kids are invited to come for drop-in crafts, activities, games and more! Come for 10 minutes or an hour. Kids in grades K-3 must be accompanied by an adult. 

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Oct 11

Wed 4:00 pm

Read, Play, Sing

For all ages, no registration. Join us as we read, sing, and play in this storytime filled with movement, music, and craft activities!

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Oct 11

Wed 7:00 pm

POETRY CIRCLE - WITH MARCIE SWARTZ (Wednesday Evenings - see calendar for details)

Poetry is speaking your truth, giving your heart and sould a voice... It is a way to connect with yourself and others  -- since we all share the same human emotions -- giving your unique life experiences meaning.  This is a participatory group, limited to 10 participants -- with no judgement of personal style or poetic literacy; just a group supporting one another in our ability to express our heart and soul through poetry.  Please bring an original poem if you have one, or a poem by your favorite poet to the first meeting.

DATES:  September 20 and 27 / October 11 and 18 / November 1 and 15

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Oct 12

Thu 3:00 pm

Bookapalooza

For grades 6 -12, no registration. Come celebrate Teen Read Week with an hour of browsing books, eating snacks, activities, & prizes! 

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Oct 13

Fri 10:30 am

Baby Rhyme Time

For babies 0-24 months and a caregiver, no registration. Come enjoy the magic of rhymes and music with your little one! Lizzy will lead everyone in traditional rhymes and music as well as wonderful new favorites! 

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Oct 16

Mon 6:00 pm

Escape Room

This game is based on the popular “locked room mystery phenomenon sweeping the country.” Sign up for a session if you are up to the challenge! Solve puzzles and look for clues to find the key that allows you to escape the room within a time limit. (Limit ten adults per session)

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Oct 16

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Oct 16

Mon 7:00 pm

TEEN KNITTING

Teens, join us Monday nights to knit hats and blankets for Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  All Supplies will be provided.

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Oct 17

Tue 10:30 am

Wiggle & Giggle Storytime

For all ages, no registration. Kids and their caregivers are welcome to come wiggle and giggle with us as we enjoy music, movement, storytelling, and more! 

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Oct 17

Tue 4:00 pm

*Young Fixers   *REQUIRES REGISTRATION

For kids in grades 2 – 3, registration required.

Based on the Young Inventors' Program (YIP) developed by The Academy of Applied Science, this set of activities guides kids through the full invention process, including opportunity identification, solution brainstorming, model-building, and finally presenting the resulting inventions.          

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Chiara Bistro, Westwood

Oct 17

Tue 7:00 pm

YA for Adults Book Club

You’re never too old for YA!
Join like-minded adults to discuss these fine specimens of Young Adult literature! We’ll have laughs, we’ll have tears, we’ll enjoy all the delicious angst without ever having to step inside a high school.
Please join us for an excellent literary time! There may be prizes!

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Oct 18

Wed 10:30 am

Wondrous Wednesdays Storytime

For all ages, no registration. Children and their caregiver are welcome to come listen to stories, songs, rhymes, and more! A short activity will be available for those who wish to stay after storytime. 

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Oct 18

Wed 4:00 pm

Read, Play, Sing

For all ages, no registration. Join us as we read, sing, and play in this storytime filled with movement, music, and craft activities!

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Oct 18

Wed 7:00 pm

POETRY CIRCLE - WITH MARCIE SWARTZ (Wednesday Evenings - see calendar for details)

Poetry is speaking your truth, giving your heart and sould a voice... It is a way to connect with yourself and others  -- since we all share the same human emotions -- giving your unique life experiences meaning.  This is a participatory group, limited to 10 participants -- with no judgement of personal style or poetic literacy; just a group supporting one another in our ability to express our heart and soul through poetry.  Please bring an original poem if you have one, or a poem by your favorite poet to the first meeting.

DATES:  September 20 and 27 / October 11 and 18 / November 1 and 15

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Oct 18

Wed 7:00 pm

The Salem Witch Trials with Dr. Gary Hylander


Get into the Halloween spirit by visiting the library to hear Dr. Hylander discuss the Salem Witch Trials. A professor of history at Framingham State University, Hylander earned his Ph.D. from Boston College and specializes as a presidential historian. He is a frequent presenter and is often featured as a commentator on local cable news and radio.  No registration is required and all are welcome!
Main Library: Wednesday, October 18th @ 7:00 PM

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Oct 19

Thu 7:00 pm

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  Discussion for October Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Contact reference, 781-320-1045 for information.

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Oct 20

Fri 10:30 am

Baby Rhyme Time

For babies 0-24 months and a caregiver, no registration. Come enjoy the magic of rhymes and music with your little one! Lizzy will lead everyone in traditional rhymes and music as well as wonderful new favorites! 

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Oct 20

Fri 10:30 am

Molly & Helen’s Book Picks- Haunting Tales:

Molly and Helen are back for another round of book picks! Come prepared to get a list of books, new and old, that are somehow unforgettable. All are welcome!
Main Library: Friday, October 20th @ 10:30 AM

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Oct 21

Sat 10:30 am

Saturday Storytime

All ages, no registration. Kids and their parents/caregivers are welcome to come hear stories, rhymes, and songs! 

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Oct 23

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Oct 23

Mon 7:00 pm

TEEN KNITTING

Teens, join us Monday nights to knit hats and blankets for Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  All Supplies will be provided.

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Oct 24

Tue 4:00 pm

*Young Fixers   *REQUIRES REGISTRATION

For kids in grades 2 – 3, registration required.

Based on the Young Inventors' Program (YIP) developed by The Academy of Applied Science, this set of activities guides kids through the full invention process, including opportunity identification, solution brainstorming, model-building, and finally presenting the resulting inventions.          

Read More

Oct 25

Wed 1:30 pm

Just for Fun Book Club

For kids in grades 6 - 8, no registration. Take a break from homework and join Lizzy to talk about books and enjoy snacks! Books will be available at the library.  Have a question? Email Lizzy at ehmcgovern@minlib.net for more information. 

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Oct 27

Fri 10:30 am

Friday Morning Book Club


Friday Morning Book Club:  Join our book discussion group on Friday mornings! No sign-up necessary - read the book, join the conversation! We are looking for members, please join us! Books will be available at Main Library at the Circulation Desk and at the Islington Branch Library.
Friday, October 27th: Laughing all the Way to the Mosque / Zarqa Nawaz
Friday, November 17th: Our Souls at Night /Kent Haruf
Friday, December 15th:  Holiday Yankee Book Swap

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Oct 30

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Main Library

Oct 30

Mon 6:30 pm

Westwood Library Quilters

Bring your hand or machine quilting projects to work on in the friendly company of other local quilters. Show and tell is encouraged! An iron, ironing pad, cutting mat, and cutting tools will be available. No registration required.

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Oct 30

Mon 7:00 pm

TEEN KNITTING

Teens, join us Monday nights to knit hats and blankets for Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  All Supplies will be provided.

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Oct 31

Tue 10:30 pm

Halloween Singalong & Costume Parade

All ages, no registration. Come listen to Halloween stories, rhymes, and songs! Children and caregivers are welcomed to come in costume and join us in a costume parade around the library after the program. 

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