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Taft Public Library Calendar of Events

Taft Public Library CADULT PROGRAMS
Upcoming Events:
To register for an event, click on the Library Event Calendar & Registration link at the top of the library’s homepage (

Dustin Pari’s It’s a
Wonderful Lecture
Dustin has done it again! It's a Wonderful Lecture is a presentation that has resonated on a deep level with so many. Taking a look at the beloved classic It's a Wonderful Life, Dustin uses quotes, scenes, and characters from the movie as he weaves a tale of commonality and humanity that brings us all together in love, kindness, and harmony.  Hear the tale and feel the struggle of George Bailey because his issues are our issues. As we walk through this human experience together, we feel the ripple of the lives of those around us. Dustin’s program is Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.  Please visit our website to secure your place for this wonderful event.

Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Workshop
Would you like to make some holiday gifts for the special people in your life? Register today for the Friends of the Taft Public Library gift workshop. Choose from a variety of crafts to create and gift wrap.  Register on our website, then stop in on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Limited of 3 projects per person. Only while supplies last.

Handcrafting Group
Let’s get crafty! Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. downstairs in the library and get your craft on. Bring your own craft project, whatever it might be, to work on while you visit. Intended for adults.  Crafts are NOT supplied.

Learn Contract Bridge with Val Fay
Join Val Fay, a contract bridge instructor for over twenty years, as he guides you through the game of contract bridge.  Designed for ages 16 and up, the classes Val offers will include upgraded instructions at the beginning of every class, starting with the basics. Those interested should contact him at 508-478-3049 to sign up. All bridge players are forever students of the game, no matter what level they feel they’ve achieved. Whether you play or have always wanted to learn, join him at the library on Tuesday afternoons. For further details regarding specific times and schedules, call Val’s number above.

Adult Book Club
The Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. to discuss The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Adult Book Clubs are typically held on the second Monday of the month. For upcoming book clubs contact the library at 508-473-3259 to request copies of the books or log in to your account from our website to request them through interlibrary loan. The upcoming Adult Book Club book discussion schedule is as follows:
January: Sourdough by Robin Sloan
February: The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
March: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
April: Find Her by Lisa Gardner
May: Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey and the poetry of Amanda Lovelace

German Conversation Club
Are you looking for a place to practice what German you remember or to improve your German vocabulary? Conversations in German is no pressure, just fun. Lead by Library Assistant (and Mendon resident) Monika Schmid, the group typically meets the last Monday of each month. Mark your calendars for Monday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. for the next session. Registration is required. To register, visit our website. 

Footnotes Nonfiction Book Club
The Footnotes Nonfiction Book Club meets downstairs in the library on a quarterly basis. Those interested are asked to stop at the downstairs desk to sign the Footnotes registration sheet and pick up a copy of the latest book.
Upcoming books in the Footnotes series:
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre (Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.)
The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams by Stacy Schiff (April/May discussion date TBD)

Cooking with Chef Rob Scott
Chef Rob Scott returns with a whole new set of cooking demonstrations on Zoom. Rob joins us virtually from his kitchen in Long Island. All ages are welcome to participate. The recipes will be sent out before each class if you want to cook alongside Chef Rob. Sessions are at 7 p.m. The next session is:
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Provolone and Artichoke Cheese Ball in Toasted Pignoli Nuts and Amazing Swedish Meatballs
Please visit our website to register for the session.

Friends of the Taft Public Library Meeting
The Friends of the Library will meet next on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. downstairs in the library’s Art Holmes Community Room for their monthly board meeting. Board meetings are typically held on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., unless it falls on a holiday or during a school vacation. There will be no meeting in December. alendar of Events All are welcome (and encouraged) to attend. If you plan on attending, it’s always a good idea to call the library at 508-473-3259 or email the Friends at [email protected] to confirm the date and time of the meeting. The group will do its best to post any meeting changes on the Taft Library website.

Registration is required for all programs. Please log onto our website: and find the events page to register along with more information for the programs. 

Itty Bitty Story Time 
Itty Bitty Story time is designed for our youngest patrons birth to 3 years old. Join us for a lot of fun on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. 

Story & Craft Time 
Join us for story and craft time. Perfect for the preschool-aged child. All sessions take place on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Alphabet Storytime 
It’s all about the alphabet. Each week we will focus on a different letter. We will read a couple of books, sing songs, and learn about the letter of the week. Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Please note there is no Alphabet Storytime the first Wednesday of the month. 

Coffee and Conversations & Puppet Storytime 
Dates: Wednesdays; Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 6, April 3, May 1 and June 5.
Time: 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Location: Taft Public Library, 29 North Ave., Mendon. 
Join us for an informal playtime where families will be able to build social connections and learn about early childhood development and family friendly resources. The library will supply Muffin House Muffins.
Please stay for the 10:30 a.m. Puppet Storytime. Join Newton and Friends of Through Me to You Puppetry for songs and stories. At the end of the 30-minute show, children can greet the puppets. Geared for children 2 to 5 years, but all are welcome.

Preschool Kidding Around Yoga 
We will learn yoga poses, dance, sing, and meditate. This class is all about fun-all abilities are welcome. Mats are available, or feel free to bring your own. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m. 
Cookies with Santa 
On Monday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m., Santa will join us via Zoom all the way from the North Pole. Santa will share some of his favorite books about one of his favorite things COOKIES! Not only will Santa be reading about cookies, but we will be decorating cookies from Hens & Chicks Cookie Company. To make this event even more fun, Deb Hudgins will join us to sing a few of our favorite holiday songs. 
Please visit to register. You will be sent a Zoom link the day before the event. Cookie Kits are limited and will need to be picked up December 13 - 16 during normal library hours.

Storytime with Santa
Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. for a Storytime with Santa. Santa will be sharing some of his favorite books with us. Deb Hudgins will join us to sing a few of our favorite holiday songs. To register for this event, please visit our website.

Book Clubs 
Graphic Novel Book Club: This month we will be reading:  Otis & Peanut by Naseem Hrab. The book club will be held downstairs on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m.  
8-12 Book Club: This month we will be reading: It All Begins with Jelly Beans by Nova Weetman. The book club will be held downstairs on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 5 p.m.  
6-9 Novel Book Club: This month we will be reading: Bad Food: Game of Scones by Eric Luper. The book club will be held downstairs on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.