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Wednesday, December 6th
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

A Christmas Stocking: Three Tales from Christmases Past
Performed by Michèle LaRue
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Professional actress Michèle LaRue returns to the library - this time with a trio of holiday surprises: Their Dear Little Ghost by Elia W. Peattie (1898), The Christmas Sing in Our Village by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1898), and The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry’s well-loved favorite (1906).

Their Dear Little Ghost, from a time when Americans found consolation in the supernatural, is a tender story about an enchanting lost child and her comforting reappearance on the Christmas after her death. The Christmas Sing in Our Village is a lighthearted, gossipy tale of small-town New England anticipation, celebration, and romantic intrigue. In The Gift of the Magi, struggling young newlyweds search doggedly for two perfect Christmas presents . . . surprising each other and themselves, and discovering the true spirit of giving.

Michèle LaRue, a graduate in Acting from the University of Kansas, is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, a theatre editor and writer for Drama Desk, an organization of New York drama critics, and has collaborated on several notable theatre books. She has toured nationally for 25 years with a repertoire of historical one-woman productions of literature from America’s Gilded Age. A Chicago native now based in New York City, she has presented her offerings at more than 400 venues, including Washington’s Smithsonian Institution, Chicago’s Newberry Library, and NYC’s Lincoln Center. Her website is michelelarue.com. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED


Thursday, December 7th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sweetie Bake Your Day
with Author & Chef Amanda Glover
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In Sweetie Bake Your Day, Chef Amanda Glover makes baking simple and fun even for the novice baker and offers creative yet easy to bake recipes for delicious breakfasts, desserts, and gluten-free baked goodies. 

Join us as Amanda shares some of her favorite recipes, provides tips on using high quality and local ingredients, keeping equipment to a minimum, and how to make recipes accessible to any avid home baker. Amanda believes anyone can bake, and she’s ready to help you get started or stay inspired!

Amanda Glover is a classically trained chef in traditional cooking methods as well as a pastry chef. She studied for two years at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. After graduation she further honed her skills as a pastry chef at the famed European patisserie Belgique in Kent, CT resulting in a well-developed repertoire in breads, chocolate making, and pastry production.

She then went to the venerable Winvian Resort in Morris, CT where she worked under the innovative and creative mind of Chef Chris Eddy. It was there that she gained an appreciation for sustainable, locally sourced ingredients and products that would ultimately shape her world view on the interconnectedness of a community built around food. Today Amanda brings lovingly prepared baked goods to her community in the Northwest Hills from a food truck named “Sweetie.” Dessert reception to follow provided by Amanda Glover. The author will provide books for sale & signing. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 


Wednedsay, December 13th
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The Cookbook Club
Holiday Cookie Swap Party
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The OWL Cookbook Club wants to simplify your holiday baking! Join Audra MacLaren and Patricia Moore as they host the Cookbook Club’s Holiday Cookie Swap Party. Be inspired by one of our recommended holiday cookbooks or bring a batch of your holiday favorite cookies or brownies. Come prepared to tell us what inspired you or share why your cookie is a family favorite. 

We will sample our delicious treats, then swap and package them to take some home. Patricia and Audra will provide festive take-home boxes to package our treats. Everyone leaves with a wonderful assortment of holiday cookies -- and plenty of new recipes for the holidays!

Each baker, please bring the recipe you used and we will make copies to share. Check out our display of recommended holiday cookbooks beginning a month before the event. Join us and make your holiday season sweet! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 





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